WISCONSINREPORT.COM (06/18/08) - In this age of the Internet, and the need to protect computer systems from worms, viruses, adware, spyware, and other malware, Jefferson County, Wisconsin has chosen to enlist the help of a California firm's answer. Jefferson County has deployed Fortinet's FortiGate multi-threat security appliances to help secure the county's network infrastructure.
Fortinet's FortiGateŽ multi-threat security appliances helps to provide antivirus, Web filtering, intrusion prevention, firewall and secure virtual private network (VPN) connectivity. As a result, the county has realized reduced network costs annually.
Working closely with JSO Technology LLC, a value-added reseller and consulting firm focused on providing best-of-breed data security, network infrastructure and network operating systems/application solutions and services, Jefferson County sought out Fortinet as the new network security vendor, allowing the County to simplify management of the network infrastructure while reducing IT expenses.
Previously using Check Point and Websense for firewall and Web filtering, Jefferson County was exceeding their budget in support costs. In addition, it became tiresome for them to manage multiple log-in screens, each requiring a different password and multiple vendor purchase orders. In order to simplify and consolidate the network infrastructure and at the same time save substantial amounts of money, Jefferson County turned to Fortinet.
"We went from spending roughly $31,000 a year in support costs for two network security functionalities to $4,000 a year for five functionalities that are proving to work better. For an organization with a tight IT budget, I don't know how it gets better than that," said Roland Welsch, IT manager for Jefferson County.
Two FortiGate-800 appliances, deployed in high availability active/passive mode, are located in Jefferson at the County's data center. The FortiGate appliances enable the 750 county employees to securely access data such as county tax information, forms, the intranet and email. Originally purchasing the appliances for firewall and Web filtering, the County added antivirus, intrusion prevention and secure VPN connectivity.
Also deployed in Jefferson County is Fortinet's FortiAnalyzer-800. FortiAnalyzer systems are purpose-built appliances that provide valuable intelligence and simplify and centralize the collection and analysis of log and event data from Fortinet's FortiGate appliances, delivering highly relevant network reports, valuable intelligence on network usage and assistance with meeting regulatory compliance. With FortiAnalyzer, Jefferson County's IT staff can now easily create and send out weekly reports on network usage.
"The consolidation of multiple security functions is allowing customers of all sizes to easily and cost-effectively manage their network," said Karl Soderlund, vice president of Americas sales and business development for Fortinet. "By consolidating multiple security functions into a single platform, Fortinet gives customers the opportunity to add additional security features on an as needed basis and in a cost-effective manner."
Fortinet's FortiGate systems are ASIC-accelerated security appliances that integrate essential security applications and services such as antivirus, firewall, VPN, intrusion prevention, Web filtering, anti-spam and traffic shaping.
A company spokesperson says all FortiGate systems are kept up to date automatically by Fortinet's FortiGuardŽ Network, which provides continuous updates to help ensure protection against the most damaging, content-based threats from email and Web traffic such as viruses, worms, intrusions and other unwanted network traffic -- around the clock and around the world.
Fortinet is the pioneer and a leading provider of ASIC-accelerated unified threat management, or UTM, security systems, which are used by enterprises and service providers to increase their security while reducing total operating costs.
Fortinet solutions were built from the ground up to integrate multiple levels of security protection -- including firewall, antivirus, intrusion prevention, VPN, spyware prevention and anti-spam -- designed to help customers protect against network and content level threats.
Leveraging a custom ASIC and unified interface, Fortinet solutions offer advanced security functionality that scales from remote office to chassis-based solutions with integrated management and reporting.
Fortinet solutions have won multiple awards around the world and are the only security products that are certified in seven programs by ICSA Labs (Firewall, Antivirus, IPSec, SSL, Network IPS, Anti-Spyware, and Anti-spam). Fortinet is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California.