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April 2005

Ready For Takeoff

DISPATCHES Cutting costs was the only way to keep United Airlines flying high. Rich Perez's answer was to rebuild the network. United Security Taking Off United Airlines' network security rearchitecture project was a methodical process in which the existing infrastructure was examined and assessed before a consolidation and replacement plan was put into action. The following are some steps United took to consolidate and rebuild its security infrastructure. Reach out to departmental and IT managers for buy-in to the rearchitecture plan. Set security and architecture goals based on the business unit's needs. Compliance with government regulations and industry standards should also be taken into consideration. Inventory and assess the existing infrastructure. Tag existing, advantageous systems for enterprise-wide deployment. Schedule obsolete, redundant and unbeneficial systems for replacement. Devise a transition plan for consolidating the infrastructure, and phasing solutions in and out based on departments' operational ...

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  • Ready For Takeoff

    Cutting costs was the only way to keep United Airlines flying high. Rich Perez's answer was to rebuild the network.

  • Rights of Passage

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  • Damage Control

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