Juniper Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: JNPR) today announced that the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) has built a regional communications network using Juniper Networks Secure Services Gateway (SSG) 20 appliances. The SSG 20 appliances are enabling the FFA to provide a standard communications framework connecting its member countries.

“The Juniper Networks solution allows us to provide consistent network access to our users, regardless of location,” said Kyle Hurst, the FFA’s manager of Vessel Monitoring Systems. “With the SSG appliances, we are securely connecting our members to the same network, whether via a dial-up modem, DSL, cable, or Ethernet connection to the Internet. The Juniper appliances also save us considerable time, effort and cost in the rollout and ongoing maintenance of this transnational communications resource.”

Established in 1979, the FFA is based in Honiara, Solomon Islands and is comprised of 17 member governments which help manage fishery resources within a 200 mile (321 kilometre) exclusive economic zone. Because of the FFA’s widely dispersed network, quick and reliable communications between members is essential.

The new topology was designed and deployed by the KAZ Group, the FFA’s IT services consultancy. “We have continuously implemented system improvements to the FFA’s infrastructure and have now rolled out a purpose-built high performance IP security network,” said Mike Foster, CEO of the KAZ Group. “The Juniper Networks SSG platform has enhanced the ability for the FFA to communicate effectively across the Pacific Island region.”

The Juniper Networks Secure Services Gateway (SSG) 20 is a member of the SSG Family, a class of purpose-built security appliances that deliver a perfect mix of performance, security and LAN/WAN connectivity ideal for branch office deployments. In addition to performing stateful firewall and VPN functions, the SSG 20 protects traffic flowing in and out of the FFA branch office from worms, spyware, trojans, and malware with a comprehensive set of Unified Threat Management (UTM) security features including intrusion prevention (IPS), antivirus (including Anti-Spyware, Anti-Adware, and Anti-Phishing), Anti-Spam, and Web Filtering functionality.