Sydney club secures $50M with off-the-shelf firewall

Single roll out secures gaming machines, public hotspot.

A prominent Sydney club has deployed a network firewall solution to protect its gaming rewards system, which can potentially hold $50 million.

The St George-based club required a firewall solution which would allow limited network communication over restricted ports, wireless SSL encryption, and Internet access for point-of-sale server support.

The NSW Gaming Machines Act requires the club's Ebet Player Loyalty Gaming System, which accrues internal credit for members as they use gaming facilities, to be separated from other network zones with minimal accessibility to the gaming server to allow points to be registered.

The club must abide by legislation -- that covers cashless environments, point of sale and digital security integration - in order to secure the its gaming network and the wireless network.

The club installed an off-the-shelf solution after evaluating a hardware-based firewall with multiple Demilitiarised Zone (DMZ) Ports and content filtering.

Kerio WinRoute Firewall 6 was deployed in mid 2007 running on Windows Server 2003 and ISS OrangeWeb Filter. Secom, who installed the solution, deployed an additional four-way network card and two on-board Network Interface Controllers (NICs) which supplied a total of six configurable interfaces.

Traffic policies between the NICs was set to block all, with ports opened as required. Proxy authentication was customised and the content filters were also tweaked to meet compliance requirements.

The club's management can now audit the system, while Secom has remote access to the gaming server for support.

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