Standard Insurance Transforms WAN with Cato Cloud to Win ICMG Award For Best IT Infrastructure Architecture

April 9, 2019

It’s always great to see a winning customer implementation;  it’s even better when others see it too. We just announced that a customer of ours, Standard Insurance Co.,  has won an ICMG Architecture Excellence Awards for its digital transformation initiative. Kudos to the entire Standard Insurance IT team.

“The cost of the total solution Cato is providing us – including the centralized management, cloud-based monitoring, and reports – matches the cost of the firewall appliances alone. But with appliances, we would still need to add the cost of appliance management, the advanced protection,  and other firewall components,” says Alf Dela Cruz, head of infrastructure and cybersecurity at Standard Insurance.

Standard Insurances win

Standard Insurance’s digital transformation was so effective it won an ICMG award for architectural excellence

The ICMG Architecture Excellence Awards is a vendor-independent, global competition benchmarking enterprise and IT architecture capabilities. Nominations are submitted by IT teams worldwide and evaluated by a select group of judges. Winning submissions include companies such as Credit Suisse, L’Oreal, and Unisys.

Back in 2016, Standard Insurance’s CEO initiated a multiyear digital transformation initiative emphasizing the importance of online insurance selling. As part of that effort, the company needed to upgrade its backend infrastructure, changing its core insurance software and migrating from a private datacenter to AWS.

Standard Insurance needed an enterprise network optimized for the hybrid cloud and with strong protection for Internet-borne threats. After two ransomware incidents, the CEO demanded a dramatically improved security posture.

Cato connected the company’s 60 branches, the headquarters in Makati, Philippines,  and the company’s AWS instance into Cato Cloud. Branch firewall appliances were replaced with Cato Security Services, a tightly integrated suite of cloud-native services built into Cato Cloud that include next-generation firewall (NGFW), secure web gateway (SWG), URL filtering, and malware prevention.

Standard Insurance ring

With Cato, Standard Insurance eliminated branch firewalls and connected 60 branches and AWS into one, seamless network

So effective was the implementation that Dela Cruz now encourages others to migrate to Cato. “We are recommending Cato to our business partners,” says Dela Cruz. “We love that the solution is cloud-based, easy to manage, and less expensive than other options.”

To read more about Standard Insurance’s implementation click here.

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Dave Greenfield

Dave Greenfield is a veteran of IT industry. He’s spent more than 20 years as an award-winning journalist and independent technology consultant. Today, he serves as a secure networking evangelist for Cato Networks.