SOURCE: Fortinet

April 21, 2008 12:00 ET

Taylor Nelson Sofres Selects Fortinet for Worldwide Security Deployment

Integrated IPS, Web Filtering and Antivirus Functionality Protects TNS' Global Network From Malicious Web-Based Attacks

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - April 21, 2008) - Fortinet® -- the pioneer and leading provider of unified threat management (UTM) solutions -- today announced that Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS), the leading global market information provider, has chosen Fortinet's FortiGate™ multi-threat security systems as the cornerstone of its worldwide IT security strategy. Set to help protect 14,000 employees in more than 60 countries from viruses, worms and other Web-based threats, the full global deployment is expected to be completed by the end of 2008. TNS has also centralized its security management and reporting functions with Fortinet's FortiAnalyzer™ and FortiManager™ platforms, providing increased visibility and ease of management across its international network.

As a global market research company collating and providing real-time information on demand for a wide range of customers, TNS relies upon the Internet as the foundation for its business activity. In order to protect its resources from ever-evolving Web-based threats, TNS looked for a broad security solution that could be deployed globally to help protect its Internet gateway and increase business continuity across the organization.

After a competitive tender process involving both third-party hosted solutions and internal appliances from a number of key security players, TNS recognized the multiple benefits of Fortinet's integrated security solution and decided to deploy FortiGate systems for IPS, Web filtering and antivirus functionality in every office across the world.

"Most manufacturers were able to offer two out of our three desired security functions but Fortinet was the only vendor with the capability to provide all three in a single security solution, while meeting our high expectations in terms of performance and cost effectiveness," said Kevin Braim, group IT Services director at TNS. "On top of providing first-class security, the flexibility of the FortiGate systems allows our security solution to evolve on a per-region basis, as and when required. Moving forward, Fortinet's integrated approach means that other security functions such as SSL VPN, firewall and traffic shaping can be switched as per a country's individual requirements. As a fast-growing acquisitive company, this made for a very compelling proposition."

TNS has already deployed two FortiGate-1000A appliances in a high availability cluster for antivirus, IPS and Web filtering in its UK sites. The integrated multi-threat security solution has the large-scale capacity and resilience required to help protect all TNS' 2,200 users from malicious attacks.

"We kick-started the project at our biggest UK site, where 90% of our global activities are conducted. Our rationale was that, if the FortiGate device could cope with the very high traffic demands in the UK, which is around 435Gb per month, then the requirements of our other offices would be met easily," Braim explained. "Fortinet's security solutions addressed our stringent technical requirements and demonstrated the resilience and capacity needed to cope with the enormity of this global project, offering a full range of security devices to fit small and medium branch sites."

In addition to the security platforms, TNS has also chosen to implement Fortinet's FortiManager and FortiAnalyzer in the UK headquarters for centralized security management and reporting capabilities, providing increased visibility, control and ease of management across the regional and global networks. These devices also help TNS to be proactive and pre-empt major disruption on its network by quickly segmenting and, if necessary, quarantining local networks in order to help prevent contamination of global operations.

"This is another great example of a large organization harnessing the benefits of an integrated multi-threat security solution that doesn't impinge on multi-Gigabit performance levels," said Andre Stewart, EMEA vice president at Fortinet. "This project is a demonstration of the maturity of our solutions that allow large enterprises to exploit the multiple benefits of integrated network security at optimized operational costs, with maximum control and visibility."

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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 six 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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