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Multi-threat protection for world's third largest retailer

Fortinet : 18 August, 2009  (Application Story)
Tesco HSC has taken Fortinet appliances for Unified Threat Management across multiple international sites for protection of corporate data
Fortinet has announced that Tesco Hindustan Service Centre (HSC), the global services arm of Tesco, the world's third largest retailer and a Fortune Global 100 company, has deployed Fortinet's enterprise-class multi-threat security, management and analysis systems to standardise its global security practices and protect its information technology (IT) and business services facility in India. Tesco HSC hosts and protects Tesco's corporate data for its worldwide operations and provides business information services to more than 3,200 Tesco stores in 12 countries, including the United States, Japan, China, Ireland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Turkey, Malaysia, South Korea and Thailand.

Tesco HSC's previous security systems, which consisted of firewall and antivirus software deployed on numerous servers and desktops, came from a range of vendors, reflecting the years of evolution of its network. "The complexity of managing these multiple point products created a strain on IT resources and a risk to the security of our worldwide corporate data," Mr. Sridhar Rathnam, director IT Services for Tesco HSC.

When Tesco HSC was assigned responsibility for the network security of Tesco's offices and networks worldwide, the technical team in India reviewed their existing network security systems and launched an evaluation of integrated security solutions from Check Point, Cisco and Fortinet. Tesco HSC ultimately selected, purchased and deployed an integrated enterprise-class security platform from Fortinet when they found that Fortinet's FortiGate® systems provided the required comprehensive security to protect its network from an array of threats.

With the help of system integrator Wipro Infotech, Tesco HSC is using Fortinet's FortiGate-1000 and FortiGate-500 enterprise-class network security appliances for firewall, intrusion prevention (IPS), antivirus, anti-spam and Web content filtering security services to protect the corporation's and the division's sensitive data. The deployment also includes three FortiAnalyzerâ„¢ appliances, which log and analyse security event data, and one FortiManagerâ„¢ appliance, Fortinet's central management system, at Tesco HSC's facility in Bangalore, India.

"One particular challenge that we had to address as the hub of Tesco's network security operations worldwide was that we needed our security, monitoring and management systems to be tightly integrated, so that we could easily configure our security systems remotely and also drill-down for more details about security incidents when they occur. The other vendors that we evaluated either did not have the range of security and management features that we wanted, or they lacked the tight integration between their products. Integration is important because we must have accurate, timely and detailed feedback, and also possess the capability to rapidly apply changes to the configurations of remote systems to respond to incidents," said Mr. Sridhar Rathnam, director IT Services for Tesco HSC.

Fortinet's FortiGate systems are ASIC-accelerated security appliances that integrate essential security applications such as antivirus, firewall, VPN, intrusion prevention, Web filtering, anti-spam and traffic shaping. FortiGate systems are kept up to date automatically by Fortinet's FortiGuard® Network, which helps protect against damaging, content-based threats from email and Web traffic such as viruses, worms, intrusions, other unwanted network traffic and more - around the clock and around the world. FortiGate systems can be centrally managed by Fortinet's FortiManager appliances which minimise the administrative effort required to deploy, configure, monitor and maintain the full range of network protection services provided by Fortinet products. FortiAnalyzer systems are purpose built appliances that provide valuable intelligence and simplify and centralise the collection and analysis of log and event data from Fortinet's FortiGate security appliances, delivering highly relevant network reports, valuable intelligence on network usage and assistance with meeting regulatory compliance.

According to Patrice Perche, vice president of EMEA & SEA sales for Fortinet, "Effective enterprise network security is not just about comprehensiveness, but also integration of functionality, management and analysis - all of which are critical in helping secure a distributed network against a myriad of potential attacks and understand and analyse security activity. Tesco HSC is realising the advantages of a truly integrated security platform and choosing Fortinet's market-leading products over competitive offerings."
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