Barrier1 is Selected by the Mid-State Educational District for Securing the District Network

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“Barrier1 Intelligent Threat Management proved to be the most comprehensive, effective, accurate, and affordable network solution we looked at.” According to Charlie Diebel Dir of IT for Mid-State.

Barrier1, the market leader in “Intelligent Network Security” announces that Mid-State Education District located in Minnesota has selected Barrier1 to provide Network Security for it vast digital network that services schools in the heart of Minnesota.

Mid-State Education District is the central aggregation point for 10 individual k-12 school districts. During the past 3 years, it has been extremely difficult for them to stop cyber attackers. New virus mutations, an increase in spam, and web site issues were a constant challenge. Along with that, internet speeds were increasing, additional applications were being added, technical support was becoming worse, and budgets were shrinking.

According to Charlie Diebel Director of IT, "Mid-State Education District needs a network security appliance that is more comprehensive, effective, accurate, faster, and more affordable.Over the years, Mid-State has installed several well known brands, but they did not perform to expectations. Cisco ASA and Secure Computing provided only moderate relief from today’s sophisticated cyber criminals. In addition, the technology roadmap for additional features was going to cause a significant increase in the budget and still not bring a depth of features."

“Barrier1 Intelligent Threat Management proved to be the most comprehensive, effective, accurate, and affordable network solution we looked at. Mid-State Education District needs to provide safe internet use for it students at the same time brings value to budgets that are constantly being stretched. Barrier1 identified key areas and attacks that our present supplier missed. Not only did Barrier1 prove to be more effective but it also provided value and services we had to pay extra for or were not offered." -- Charlie Diebel Director of IT for Mid-State.

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Barrier1 is a leading provider of network security appliances and the market leader in Intelligent Threat Management or ITM. Barrier1 is the only "Intelligent" Network Security Appliance that inspects all layers in near real time. Barrier1 utilizes various network security components such as firewalls, VPN concentration, SSL-VPN, IDS/IDP, web content filtering, Web Application Firewalls, Routing, Network Sniffer, DNS, and DHCP to work in conjunction with Barrier1’s “AARE” engine. This combination brings exceptional effectiveness and accuracy to securing any IP based network including Data, VOIP, and IP/TV-Video. Barrier1 incorporates effective and efficient system architecture that delivers speeds not found in today’s network security appliances. Barrier1 solutions offer advanced security functionality that scales from remote office to large scale enterprise solutions. Each model brings management and reporting that allows visibility and knowledge of what is really going on within a network. Barrier1 is based in Minneapolis, Minn.

More information about Barrier1 can be found on the internet at or by calling (763) 230-1041.

About Mid-State Education District 6979
Mid-State Education District is the central intake point for all Early Childhood referrals for all schools in Morrison County, working to coordinate and deliver special education and related services to children and youth (age’s birth to 21 years) including referral, identification, consultation, direct service, and transition planning. We receive referrals from a number of sources including doctors, public health, day care providers, teachers and parents.

As part of our agreement with participating school districts, Mid-State also provides various IT services, including internet access, email, locally hosted video streaming curriculum content, interactive television courses, and general network support through our technology department

Mid-State Technology is the largest private fiber-optic network in the state, encompassing nearly 150 miles of district-owned cabling. This allows us to run as much data, video, and audio as needed for classes and internet without relying on public ISPs.

More information about Mid-States Educational District can be found on the internet at or by calling (320) 631-2500.

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