Community Health Resources Expands Network Protection with Fortinet Consolidated Security Solution

by dmortimer 29. September 2009 22:45

Community Health Resources Expands Network Protection with Fortinet Consolidated Security Solution

Agency Adds Network Security Functions for Enhanced Protection, Ease of Management and Lower Total Cost of Ownership

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - June 25, 2008 - Fortinet® - the pioneer and leading provider of unified threat management (UTM) solutions - today announced that Community Health Resources (CHR) has deployed a Fortinet FortiGate™ multi-threat security appliance to help secure its network from malicious Internet attacks. CHR initially planned to deploy the FortiGate appliance for firewall protection, replacing an underperforming competitive solution. Upon seeing the strength of the Fortinet firewall, the agency decided to implement additional Fortinet security functions including antivirus, intrusion prevention (IPS) and Web filtering protection while maintaining a low total cost of ownership and ease of management.

Community Health Resources is a private, non-profit, community-based system of behavioral health care dedicated to helping people of all ages lead happier and healthier lives. As CHR continually expands its service offerings to better serve the community needs in Connecticut, its network security needs are also expanding.

CHR's previous firewall solution was periodically rebooting on its own which would cause throughput and latency issues. Also adding to network problems was CHR IT staff's inability to add new employees to the firewall profile. With these two problems, CHR turned to KDSA Consulting, LLC, an information technology consulting firm specializing in outsourced network administration and financial accounting software solutions, to help find a network security solution that would increase up-time while lowering total cost of ownership and enabling the network to scale in-line with the agency.

"We were looking to simplify network management and wanted a robust and consolidated security solution so that we didn't have to have multiple people managing the network," said Jason Francia, senior network administrator for Community Health Resources. "The Fortinet solution is allowing us enterprise-level security that is easy to use and meets our growing needs."

Fortinet's FortiGate-400A multi-threat security solution is helping to provide firewall, antivirus, IPS and Web filtering protection at CHR's Windsor, Conn. headquarters. CHR's ability to add advanced network security functions to its initial firewall requirements is due to Fortinet's integrated and scalable multi-threat security solution. Without having to deploy new point products, CHR easily added security functionalities to its network and thereby lowered the total cost of ownership.

Soon to be added to the CHR network are several of their residential programs located throughout northern Connecticut. These homes house children and adolescents and will be using Fortinet for Web filtering so that the children are unable to access inappropriate Websites. Currently, the homes are not connected to the CHR network and, therefore, no restrictions are placed on Internet usage.

"Non-profit agencies like Community Health Resources are forced to be cost conscious yet need enterprise-level network security," said Karl Soderlund, vice president of Americas sales and business development for Fortinet. "Fortinet's consolidated network security approach allows for agencies such as CHR to easily scale to its growing needs by adding network security functionality without the burden of working with additional vendors or adding headcount."

Fortinet provides ASIC-accelerated security appliances, which are used by enterprises and service providers to enhance and consolidate their security needs 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, Web filtering, spyware prevention and anti-spam - designed to help customers protect against network and content level threats. Delivered via its flagship FortiGate family of appliances, Fortinet provides a flexible and extensible platform of security applications and services that enable customers to deploy and centrally manage the same broad level of protection at remote locations as they have for headquarters and data center environments.

About Community Health Resources (www.chrhealth.org)
Community Health Resources is one of the leading providers of community mental health care in the state of Connecticut. Each year, CHR helps thousands of adults, children and families successfully live with mental illness. CHR's professional staff, who are committed to recovery, provide treatment, support, rehabilitation, prevention and educational services to those in need.

About KDSA Consulting, LLC (www.kdsaconsulting.com)
KDSA Consulting, LLC located in North Andover, MA provides the full spectrum of information technology services for small to medium sized businesses and not-for-profit organizations. Our infrastructure division designs local and wide area networks, disaster recovery solutions and provides contracted "managed services" support to end users. Our software division performs system selection consulting, financial accounting project management, implementation and training along with customized programming and database management services.

About Fortinet (www.fortinet.com)
Fortinet is the pioneer and 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 and anti-Spyware. Fortinet is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California.

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