Through the use of the F5 solution, the RVP has been able to keep highly sensitive data about citizens completely secure. Over recent months, there have been several attempts to penetrate the system, launched from locations in Russia, Kazakhstan, and China, but in each case, the F5 solution successfully detected and blocked the attacks.
“F5 works,” Tuytens says. “High security is the most important feature offered by F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager learns from the traffic it handles and can then create new policies to enhance the protection provided.”
Understandably, the RVP has to comply with a great many government, financial, and data protection regulations, including ISO 27001. Tuytens says, “F5 products ensure our compliance, and they actually go much further than the regulations demand, to provide us with even stronger security.”
F5 has given the RVP an effective way to centrally control its entire external application infrastructure. Easy to use, the solution has simplified many routine network management and security tasks, thereby freeing up time within the IT team.
“Without F5, we would have to make security updates to all of our web servers,” explains Tuytens. “With F5, however, we have to make the changes just once. F5 provides all the capabilities we need, centralised in one solution.”
Typically, the RVP receives up to 30 Mbps of traffic on its external applications. However, a simple announcement from a government minister can lead to a spike in traffic, as more citizens are prompted to check their pension status. On one occasion, following a government announcement, traffic levels jumped up to 70 Mbps. Throughout this period of exceptional system usage, the F5 products continued to balance the load and deliver high performance for users.
Tuytens concludes, “F5 delivers the performance that citizens want and the security we need.”