The HoneyBaked Ham Company Secures Network with Top Layer’s New Intrusion Prevention Solution

Mary Wagner

Top Layer’s Attack Mitigator 5500 Helps The HoneyBaked Ham Company Protect Its Network and Mission Critical Applications Against Increasingly Sophisticated Attacks

Westborough, Mass – August 22, 2005 - Top Layer Networks, the global leader for high performance intrusion prevention solutions, today announced that The HoneyBaked Ham Company, the leading provider of quality ham products, selected Top Layer’s Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) to protect its network and applications from cyber threats. The IPS was installed at the core of the data center to augment HoneyBaked Ham’s comprehensive security infrastructure. Vigilar, a leading security consulting firm and a Top Layer reseller, assisted with the deal.

HoneyBaked Ham’s information technology team was impressed with how easy it was to deploy the IPS 5500, particularly the fact that the product could be installed inline and could provide comprehensive protection with its default protection settings within 30 minutes of coming out of the box. HoneyBaked Ham wanted to ensure the protection of customers’ financial and personal information especially given recent events regarding information breaches in the news. The deployment also helps to ensure the company’s compliance with PCI (payment card industry) data security guidelines.

“We selected the leading IPS product because we are committed to maintaining the highest level of IT security to protect our valuable IT assets while providing employees and partners with secure connectivity to our corporate network,” said Erik Goldoff, Information Technology Security and Systems Manager at HoneyBaked Ham. “We particularly liked Top Layer and its IPS solution because they offered the only product that could provide the protection we needed against sophisticated exploits and vulnerabilities, and perhaps just as important, they were engaged with us throughout the install, deployment and follow-up.”

Due to its proactive, inline protection, Top Layer’s IPS 5500 is an important component of The HoneyBaked Ham Company’s overall protection strategy. Beyond its ease of installation, the product also does not degrade network performance, an important consideration of any network manager. “We didn’t want an IPS/Security solution that would effectively cause our own Denial of Service situation… that’s one of the security events we’re trying to prevent, not implement.”

“With new regulatory hurdles and security challenges seeming to appear daily, it’s more important than ever to be proactive about establishing an organization-wide optimal security posture, and incorporating enterprise intrusion prevention is essential in establishing this posture,” said Palaniswamy (Raj) Rajan, president and CEO of Vigilar. “With this deployment, HoneyBaked Ham has clearly demonstrated their commitment to utilize one of the most relevant and advanced technologies in order to ensure network security and protect their customers’ data.”

Peter Rendall, president and CEO of Top Layer, added, “We are pleased to be working with The HoneyBaked Ham Company, adding them to our list of customers who have turned to us for leading edge protection where it matters most. As a leading brand, HoneyBaked Ham recognizes the importance of security and the need to provide preemptive protection against new and emerging threats.”

About the Top Layer Attack Mitigator IPS 5500

The Attack Mitigator IPS 5500 family offers the strongest levels of network IPS protection, performance and reliability on the market today. By improving upon the most powerful characteristics of stateful firewall technology and intrusion detection systems, Top Layer has developed the IPS 5500 in order to protect against attacks in real-time with minimal interruption of legitimate traffic. Top Layer executes high performance, non-disruptive deep packet inspection and analysis coupled with intelligent blocking of attacks through TopFire™ second-generation ASIC technology and TopInspect™ Deep Packet Inspection.

To learn more about the Attack Mitigator IPS 5500, visit www.toplayer.com or call 508-870-1300.

About Top Layer Networks, Inc.

Founded in 1997, Top Layer Networks develops network security solutions that enable enterprises worldwide to protect their infrastructure and critical online assets from cyber-threats. The Company’s patented, ASIC-based products are engineered to deliver accurate and reliable protection mechanisms while operating as robust in-line network security devices. Top Layer Networks is headquartered in Westboro, Massachusetts with sales and support presence in Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

About The Honey Baked Ham Company

Founded in Detroit in 1957 by Harry Hoenselaar, The HoneyBaked Ham Company operates more than 350 stores throughout the U.S. Mr. Hoenselaar invented the spiral-slicing machine still in use today. He also pioneered the method to slow-cook and glaze hams that are a favorite on American tables. From this invention, The HoneyBaked Ham Company has expanded into many other special occasion foods, including turkeys, prime beef, side dishes and premium desserts.

About Vigilar

Since its inception in 2000, Vigilar, the leading information security consulting firm, has focused solely on establishing organization-wide optimal security postures for its clients. Vigilar’s security expertise is all-encompassing and includes regulatory compliance services, risk assessments, IT security audits, managed security services, security architecture design, product selection and delivery, implementation services, technical support, and IT and security training. Vigilar partners with more than 90 leading security technology innovators to meet the diverse needs of its client base, which numbers in the thousands and spans a broad range of industries. To learn more about Vigilar, visit www.vigilar.com.


business finance, Computer networking, Denial-of-service attack, Information security, Network security