SOURCE: Fortinet

May 19, 2008 12:00 ET

Top Wisconsin Law Firm Secures Corporate Information With Fortinet Network Security Solution

Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. Helps to Protect Millions of Confidential Documents With Fortinet

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - May 19, 2008) - Fortinet® -- the pioneer and leading provider of unified threat management (UTM) solutions -- today announced that Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., one of Wisconsin's top law firms, has deployed Fortinet FortiGate™ multi-threat security appliances to help secure the network at its Milwaukee headquarters, three remote offices and to provide secure virtual private network (VPN) access for remote employees.

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, worked closely with Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek to find a network security solution that would address three needs: provide Web content filtering protection; enable VPN functionality without having to pay a per-license fee; and work seamlessly with its new MPLS network.

Previously using Cisco for its VPN solution, the law office IT staff quickly realized the expense in having to license each VPN connection. In addition, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek was using a Juniper Networks intrusion detection and prevention (IDP) solution but found it difficult to manage.

"We didn't realize until after our Fortinet deployment how vulnerable we previously were to malicious Internet attacks," said Alan Ciochon, director of information technology at Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. "Fortinet has allowed us to view what is attempting to traverse our network and see firsthand what the FortiGates appliances are blocking."

Located at the Milwaukee headquarter office is the FortiGate-500A appliance, which is being used to help provide a VPN for remote users connecting to the network from their homes. In addition, intrusion prevention (IPS) and Web content filtering protection is deployed for the employees accessing critical documents such as financial data, administrative forms and case histories. A FortiAnalyzer™-100 central management solution is also located at headquarters to provide centralized granular reporting and analysis of network usage to the IT staff.

The Madison, Wis. office has a FortiGate-200A network security appliance deployed while the Washington, D.C. and Manitowoc, Wis., offices have FortiGate-60s deployed to help provide firewall, VPN, IPS and Web content filtering.

"Law firms such as Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek have millions of confidential documents that need to be protected," said Karl Soderlund, vice president of Americas sales and business development for Fortinet. "Fortinet's depth of products allows companies of all sizes to easily protect network resources all within an integrated, scalable multi-threat security solution."

Fortinet's FortiGate systems are ASIC-accelerated security appliances that integrate essential security applications and services such as anti-virus, firewall, VPN, intrusion prevention, Web filtering, anti-spam and traffic shaping. All FortiGate systems are kept up to date automatically by Fortinet's FortiGuard™ Network, which provides continuous updates that help ensure protection against the most damaging, content-based threats from email and Web traffic such as viruses, worms, intrusions, other unwanted network traffic -- around the clock and around the world.

About Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. (

For more than 60 years, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. has played a leading role in shaping the political, economic and legal landscapes in Wisconsin -- guiding its clients to successful outcomes. The firm, with offices in Milwaukee, Madison and Manitowoc, has more than 140 attorneys and paralegals practicing in more than 40 areas of law.

About Fortinet (

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, Anti-Spyware, and Anti-spam). Fortinet is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California.

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