Platforms from Fortinet have been selected to help protect the IT infrastructure at numerous parts of the University of Oxford.
Selected by seven of the university's constituent colleges, security solutions including the FortiGate multi-threat network security appliances, the FortiAnalyzer-400B, which is being used to monitor and audit important network segments, and the FortiDB that helps protect critical databases through vulnerability management and activity monitoring have been chosen.
Among the University of Oxford colleges using Fortinet is Somerville College, which needed more firewall throughput between its six VLANs. A FortiGate-3016B network security appliance was deployed to replace its existing solution and drive multi-Gigabit traffic from each VLAN to its own physical port.
Christopher Bamber, IT systems manager at Somerville College, said: “We wanted to improve speed for everybody on the network, and now we have all that extra bandwidth at less cost. There was no discernible performance impact when we applied all the new security rules across the VLANs. We also implemented the Fortinet FortiAnalyzer-400B analysis and reporting device which gives us the 60-day log information we need to help satisfy audit compliance, plus enormously granular forensic insights into any security event we wish to scrutinise.”
Solutions were also implemented at the business services and projects section of the university's administration and services to meet the requirement over database security. John Toone, DBA manager for business services and projects at the university, said that the need to audit and monitor transactions within its Oracle Financials system was apparent and it upgraded the FortiDB to solve that need.
Paul Judd, regional director for UKIZA at Fortinet, said: “These nine deployments across Oxford University illustrate how our end-to-end security suite is addressing the needs of demanding multi-Gigabit environments that counter multiple, blended threat vectors with a very intelligent approach.”