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Post ARTICLE: Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles Adopts New Case Management System

Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles Adopts Case Management System
Agency safeguards parolee data.
By News Release - June 2004


ATLANTA -- The Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles wanted to provide better access control, maintain data integrity, and improve the confidentiality of data in its nationally recognized Results-Driven Supervision (RDS) program. RDS, a computerized parolee case management system that keeps tabs on 22,000 parolees in Georgia, is updated and accessed daily by more than 800 parole board employees, staff at 58 district parole offices, parole board members and law enforcement agencies nationwide.

The Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles makes parole decisions determining which offenders should be released from prison prior to the end of their sentence. The board supervises parolees in the community, returning to prison those who fail to abide by parole conditions.

The board has chosen Securiant's SpiderISA integrated security appliance to secure, monitor and manage the state agency's internal and external communication networks.

RDS owes its success to analyzing the behavior of parolees who avoid returning to prison by completing specific intervention programs and to increasing the effectiveness of such programs, which focus on good job skills, substance abuse recovery, improved cognitive skills, and adequate education. The programs are supported by interagency collaboration and an extensive network of qualified volunteers from faith-based initiatives and religious communities.

"As a law enforcement agency, our mission is to provide public safety through the close supervision of offenders released from prison and to reintegrate them into society as productive citizens," said Nino Samuel, WAN engineer and Micro Systems manager for the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles. "Secure access control, integrity and confidentiality of data on our RDS system is critical as we need to track even the most obscure data more accurately, daily and quickly, both on laptops and online," he added.

"Securiant's fully integrated SpiderISA product more than met our needs and the benefits were immediate," said Alex Brown, network administrator at the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles. "The appliance is designed specifically to let network administrators keep control over their own information security infrastructure. We were able to replace two vendors with an integrated appliance that offered IDS, vulnerability management, firewall capabilities and network state monitoring functionality at 70 percent less cost. Plus, it was the fastest, least painful product installation -- under 30 minutes versus two months -- we've experienced to date," he continued.
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Securiant's SpiderISA Safeguards Parolee Data for Georgia State Board of
Pardons and Paroles


ATLANTA, June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The Georgia State Board of Pardons and
Paroles has chosen Securiant, Inc., a provider of fully integrated, appliance-
based security solutions and managed security services for medium-sized and
distributed networks, to secure, monitor and manage the state agency's
internal and external communication networks. By installing Securiant's
SpiderISA integrated security appliance, the Board of Pardons and Paroles is
now able to provide better access control, maintain data integrity, and
improve the confidentiality of data in its nationally recognized Results-
Driven Supervision (RDS) program. RDS, a computerized parolee case management
system which keeps tabs on 22,000 parolees in Georgia, is updated and accessed
daily by more than 800 Parole Board employees, staff at 58 district parole
offices, Parole Board members and law enforcement agencies nationwide. Since
its inception in 1997 RDS has received industry-wide recognition as a
prototype advanced parole supervision technique by more than 30 U.S. states
and six international government agencies.
RDS owes its success to analyzing the behavior of parolees who avoid
returning to prison by completing specific intervention programs and to
increasing the effectiveness of such programs, which focus on good job skills,
substance abuse recovery, improved cognitive skills, and adequate education.
The programs are supported by interagency collaboration and an extensive
network of qualified volunteers from faith-based initiatives and religious
communities.
"As a law enforcement agency, our mission is to provide public safety
through the close supervision of offenders released from prison and to
reintegrate them into society as productive citizens," said Nino Samuel, WAN
Engineer and Micro Systems Manager, Georgia State Board of Pardons and
Paroles. "Secure access control, integrity, and confidentiality of data on our
RDS system is critical as we need to track even the most obscure data more
accurately, daily and quickly, both on laptops and online," he added.
"Securiant's fully integrated SpiderISA product more than met our needs
and the benefits were immediate," said Alex Brown, Network Administrator,
Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles. "The appliance is designed
specifically to let network administrators keep control over their own
information security infrastructure. We were able to replace two vendors with
an integrated appliance that offered IDS, vulnerability management, firewall
capabilities and network state monitoring functionality at 70% less cost.
Plus, it was the fastest, least painful product installation -- under 30
minutes versus two months -- we've experienced to date," he continued.
"Securiant is increasingly recognized as the leader in security through
change management. The SpiderISA's high level of functionality and simplicity
of design is ideally suited to geographically distributed networks where local
IT resources are limited," said Richard JB Campbell, founder, president and
CEO, Securiant, Inc. "The State Board of Pardons and Paroles now has a much
more proactive view of their network. They can now alert field officers and
central administration staff about any malicious network changes or activity
in real time, for instance," he added.

About Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles
The Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles makes responsible, just and
equitable parole decisions determining which offenders should be released from
prison prior to the end of their sentence. The Georgia Parole Board supervises
parolees in the community, returning to prison those who fail to abide by
parole conditions. The Georgia Parole Board has received national and
international recognition for innovations in parole supervision and community
involvement such as the Results Driven Supervision (RDS) model, an agency
developed state-of-the-art case management software system, and the Victim
Advisory Council, which led to a 32.6 percent drop in parole revocation rates.
Such awards include the 2000 American Probation and Parole Association's
(APPA) President's Award; the Council of State Governments' 1999 Innovations
Award for Southern Region; and the 2003 Governor's Public Safety Award. For
more information visit http://www.pap.state.ga.us .

About Securiant
Securiant, Inc. is a pioneer in the simplified business integration of
infrastructure security. Securiant has developed single-sourced, fully
integrated appliance-based security solutions and optional managed security
services that secure, monitor and manage medium sized and distributed networks
at an affordable cost. The company's flagship SpiderISA security appliance
integrates change management methodology with a set of open-source based
security tools and appliance hardware. Securiant's practical, affordable and
effective security solutions discover vulnerabilities, track changes and
detect attacks on computer networks in real time, resulting in reduced
downtime; greater system and data integrity; and in more effective auditing
and reporting capabilities that meet the regulatory, privacy, security and
liability demands of HIPAA, JCAHO, Sarbanes Oxley and GLBA. Founded in
February 2003 privately held Securiant, Inc. owns data center management
subsidiary Securiant Services, Inc. and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
For more information call 770-874-4210 or visit http://www.securiant.com .
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