Information Security saves lives at the International Committee of the Red Cross

Posted on 08/08/2019 by vmwareemeasmt
DISCLAIMER: this article is older than one year and may not be up to date with recent events or newly available information.

There are currently 32 armed conflicts worldwide and the number of natural disasters is increasing rather than decreasing. Millions of people are affected by these conflicts and crises. One of the most important tasks of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is therefore to bring them the aid they urgently need. Besides that, the humanitarian organisation has the task of alleviating human suffering, protecting the lives and health of the population as well as human dignity. A well-functioning IT system that incorporates new technologies is indispensable for the ICRC’s work: staff and volunteers around the world must be able to communicate quickly and easily with each other and rely on a secure, global connection. If this is not the case, human lives can be endangered. With its technology solutions, VMware makes a decisive contribution to securing the operations of the largest humanitarian network worldwide and to facilitating communication.

Fast and easy server deployment worldwide thanks to VMware vSphere

ICRC staff and volunteers are deployed all over the world and must be connected quickly to the headquarters in Geneva. Often enough they do not have on-site IT support for this. Thanks to data center virtualization with VMware vSphere®, the ICRC is able to easily and quickly deploy new services around the world to meet the complexity of its own infrastructure, having branches and camps in many different countries The ICRC now has over 1,500 virtual machines in the Geneva data center. The security aspect also comes into play with data center virtualization: that’s the reason why we are using NSX, allowing us to micro-segment the critical data farms in our Data Centers

Data Transfer Can Be the Difference Between Life and Death

Security is also an important keyword when it comes to data from crisis areas that the ICRC collects from the people affected there. By collecting personal data, the ICRC can gain a better overview of the situation and needs of the affected local population, especially if the situation is too dangerous to send staff to the area. With the help of this data collection, the organisation can also cover another important area of activity: The data enables family reunification and helps to locate missing persons. However, a great deal of damage can be done with this data if it falls into the wrong hands. In order not to endanger human lives unnecessarily, the ICRC therefore needs a network that is absolutely secure. The humanitarian organization found a solution to this problem in the VMware NSX® Data Center network virtualization platform. The platform was introduced into the ICRC environment in 2017 seamlessly thanks to the long-standing cooperation between VMware and the ICRC. The platform helps the ICRC to continue its work: “As a humanitarian organization, we have a great responsibility. We only collect the data for charitable purposes, a data leak would seriously damage the reputation of the Red Cross,” said Charlotte Lindsey-Curtet, Director of Digital Transformation and Data at the ICRC.

Lindsey-Curtet addresses an important prerequisite for the ICRC’s work: The organization is largely funded by voluntary contributions, so an unquestionable image and confidence in the sincerity of humanitarian work are vital for survival.

VMware’s technologies are instrumental in supporting the important work the International Committee of the Red Cross is doing around the world.  Thanks to the VMware products in use at the ICRC, the organization can focus on its missions and help people in crisis areas as they need it.


Category: News & Highlights, Success Stories

Tags: , , , , ,

Related Articles

Posted on 27/10/2017 by blogsadmin

How the Bank of Georgia introduced new services to customers securely and effectively with VMware

We always proudly share the successes that customers achieve with our solutions. The project, implemented in the Bank of Georgia, is a vivid example of timely and effective interaction. There are 6,000 employees in the Bank and more than 220 of them are in IT department. Its mission is to support customers, investors, employees and […]

Posted on 31/05/2019 by vmwareemeasmt

Shaping the Next Generation of Cloud: the Partner Opportunity

by Louise Öström, Vice President of Cloud, EMEA at VMware Companies are feeling the pressure. Constantly evolving customer expectations and disruptive digital competitors are demanding an intense balancing act; safeguarding existing businesses while consistently unlocking future growth potential. Key to delivering on both aspects is the ability to innovate – that’s not just generating new […]

Posted on 10/03/2020 by vmwareemeasmt

VMware Announces Expanded Portfolio of Products and Services to Help Customers Modernize Applications and Infrastructure

New infrastructure, new products, new chapter. This week at VMware, we launched an array of brand-new products and services, all custom designed to help our customers modernize applications and rebuild a more secure, more efficient infrastructure, marking a new chapter for modern apps, for VMware and for our customers. The additions include VMware Tanzu Portfolio, […]

Comments

No comments yet

Add a comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses cookies to improve the user experience. By using this site you agree to the privacy policy