FASTFCU Chooses Astaro

BURLINGTON, Mass. – December 8, 2005 – Astaro Corporation today announced that Families And Schools Together Federal Credit Union (FAST FCU) has selected Astaro Security Gateway appliances to improve the reliability of their remote offices and to enjoy enterprise network security capabilities as a small and growing business.

In conjunction with TTL Network, an Astaro Solution Provider based in Hanford, California, FAST FCU reviewed the Astaro Security Gateway solutions and ultimately chose the 110 and 120 models for their unified threat management needs. Since implementation, FAST FCU has experienced increased uptime performance from their remote offices. In addition, the credit union now has more encryption options as well as improved logging and reporting capabilities, and enterprise-level IDS/IPS and Proxy features.

“With Astaro Security Gateway, we gained all-in-one network security and the piece of mind that we are protected against the latest threats out there,” said Jodi Brasil, Computer Administrative Specialist, at FAST FCU. “This means less time worrying about our security infrastructure and more time improving customer satisfaction for our members.”

“Smaller financial institutions want and need powerful network security just like the bigger banks, but may not have the IT resources to install a complicated system of individually managed and configured point security products,” said Jan Hichert, CEO at Astaro. “We’re very pleased that FAST FCU was able to benefit from the all-in-one approach that Astaro offers, while enjoying the peace-of-mind that their networks are absolutely secure.”


In December 1953, the Kings County School Employees Federal Credit Union was federally chartered by NCUA and in 1999 the name was formally changed to Families And Schools Together Federal Credit Union (FAST FCU). Based in Hanford, CA, the Credit Union is full service, supplying financial services from all types of loans, to share drafts, savings bonds, Tax and Treasury accounts, safe deposit boxes, and more. With one central office and two branches, FAST FCU has a staff of nearly 40 employees. They stress the importance of serving members’ financial and social needs including teaching them about saving habitually and borrowing prudently.

About Astaro’s Products

The Astaro Security Gateway, available as software or appliance, fully integrates all perimeter security applications required to protect a corporate network in one simple to manage solution

Email Security

· Virus Protection for Email – catches viruses in conventional (SMTP and POP3) emails and attachments.

· Spam Protection – uses nine different techniques to filter out spam and without stopping legitimate emails.

· Phishing Protection – blocks emails from criminals trying to trick users into revealing confidential information.

Web Security

· Spyware Protection – detects and blocks spyware infection attempts as well as spyware communication from already infected systems

· Virus Protection for the Web – defends computers from virus infections from web downloads and web-based emails.

· Content Filtering (Surf Protection) – can block Internet access to 60 categories of web sites.
Network Security

· Firewall – guards Internet communications traffic in and out of the organization with stateful packet inspection and application-level proxies.

· Intrusion Protection – detects and blocks probes and application-based attacks using heuristics, anomaly detection, and pattern-based techniques.

· Virtual Private Network Gateway – assures secure communications with remote offices, “road warriors,” and telecommuters.

About Astaro

Astaro develops a complete line of network security products including the Astaro Security Gateway software and Astaro Security Gateway line of security appliances. All Astaro products offer nine critical security applications in three categories – Web Security, Email Security and Network Security – fully integrated on a single management platform.

The company is headquartered in Burlington, Mass. and with facilities in Karlsruhe, Germany. Astaro’s software has won numerous industry awards, and is protecting over 25,000 networks in 60 countries, including such organizations as Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Los Alamos National Labs, Stanford University and Watsco, Inc. Astaro products are distributed by a worldwide network of 350 solutions partners who offer local support and services.

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