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  • 8 February 2010 18:33

Carey Baptist Grammar School Fights Internet Threats and Cyber Bullying with Fortinet Multi-threat Security Appliances

Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT) - a leading network security provider and worldwide leader of unified threat management (UTM) solutions - today announced that Carey Baptist Grammar School in Melbourne, Australia has deployed FortiGate® and FortiMail™ appliances at the school’s main campus to help protect faculty, staff and students from Internet threats and cyber bullying. A FortiAnalyzer™ is also deployed to help monitor and analyse network usage.

Carey Baptist Grammar School is a co-educational independent Christian school for students from Kindergarten to Year 12, and is one of the top schools in Victoria - Australia’s most densely populated and urbanised state. Carey Baptist Grammar School was founded in 1923 and has a student population of more than 2,300.

Working with Fortinet partner, Computelec, Carey Baptist Grammar School designed the ideal network security infrastructure for its needs. With more than 2,000 active users accessing the network, it was critical for the school to have a security solution that would help protect the students, allowed for multiple permission levels based on roles, was easy to manage, and provided detailed reports. After reviewing many options, the school decided to implement a Fortinet multi-threat solution for its integrated security approach, broad threat protection and management/analysis capabilities.

A FortiGate-310B appliance is located at the school’s main site in Victoria and acts as the Internet gateway for all traffic passing through the network. The school’s network consists of two campuses, a sports complex and an outdoor education building, with all the sites connecting back to the main location for Internet access.

One of the benefits of the Fortinet solution is the flexibility of its Web content filtering protection, which can be customised to meet the specific needs of the school. Students in Years K-6 have multiple levels of permissions, which are different from those provided for the middle and senior levels. There are also different permission rights provided to faculty and staff, resulting in a granular set of policies that the school can easily administer.

Carey Baptist Grammar School also deployed a Fortinet FortiMail-100 to scan emails sent to and from faculty, staff and students when using the school’s email domain. One benefit of the FortiMail solution is that the IT staff can track and report on emails that might be construed as cyber-bullying.

The school’s previous solution for analysing data and traffic was not user friendly, and would take all day to produce a report. A Fortinet FortiAnalyzer-800B management solution has since been deployed, and is used to monitor all data traversing the network.

FortiAnalyzer can provide reports on network usage as granularly as who, what, when and how long the network is being used. Reporting for the school is now easier, more efficient, and more comprehensive, with reports able to be created automatically on a weekly basis. Ad-hoc reports can also be generated quickly, greatly increasing network visibility for administrators.

“The Fortinet solution has been seamless and has allowed us to offer better protection to our students, faculty and staff,” said Steven Archibald, ICT manager at Carey Baptist Grammar School. “Our previous solution was slow, hard to manage and didn’t offer the full array of network protection that the Fortinet appliances do.”

“Educational institutions are responsible for more than just teaching students. They need to ensure that students have protection physically and while online,” said Charlie Cote, regional director for Fortinet Australian and New Zealand. “Fortinet offers schools the ability to help protect students by allowing network administrators to set up network security policies based on the students’ age. In addition, the Fortinet appliances do complete content logging and inspection so that even content that may look friendly on the surface doesn’t ultimately cause harm.”

About FortiGate

Fortinet's FortiGate systems are ASIC-accelerated security appliances that integrate core security and network functionalities including firewall, SSL and IPSec VPN, antivirus, intrusion prevention, Web filtering, antispam, application control, data loss prevention, SSL traffic inspection and WAN optimization. All FortiGate systems are kept up to date automatically by Fortinet's FortiGuard® Network, which helps protect against the most 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. Fortinet solutions have won multiple awards and are the only security products that are certified in five programs by ICSA Labs for firewall, antivirus, IPSec VPN, network IPS and antispam.

About Fortinet (www.fortinet.com)

Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) is a worldwide provider of network security appliances and the market leader in unified threat management (UTM). Our products and subscription services provide broad, integrated and high-performance protection against dynamic security threats while simplifying the IT security infrastructure. Our customers include enterprises, service providers and government entities worldwide, including the majority of the 2009 Fortune Global 100. Fortinet's flagship FortiGate product delivers ASIC-accelerated performance and integrates multiple layers of security designed to help protect against application and network threats. Fortinet's broad product line goes beyond UTM to help secure the extended enterprise - from endpoints, to the perimeter and the core, including databases and applications. Fortinet is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., with offices around the world.

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