Leading public sector bank in India selects Fortinet solution to enable multi-threat security for its extensive network of more than 2,200 branches and 18,000 customers
SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 11, 2007 - Fortinet® - a pioneer and leading provider of unified threat management (UTM) solutions -today announced that Syndicate Bank, one of India's largest public sector banks, has deployed four FortiGate™-5020 ATCA-compliant enterprise-class multi-threat security systems, four FortiGate™-5001 blades and one FortiManager™-400, to help protect its core banking systems and its nationwide network of bank branches and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs). Syndicate Bank is the first public sector bank in India to implement UTM as the principal security technology for its core network and banking systems.
Syndicate Bank operates more than 2,200 branches across India and offers a range of services, from general banking to agricultural and personal loans. ecent rapid growth in banking transaction volume of around 40% and the bank's own initiative for networking and computerization of its branches and ATMs called the Centralized Banking Solution (CBS), prompted Syndicate Bank's IT department to undertake a comprehensive review of its security procedures and infrastructure.
Commenting on the selection and deployment of Fortinet solutions, Mr. Atul Kumar, assistant general manager, department of IT, Syndicate Bank explained: "Syndicate Bank previously had Cisco firewalls but they did not meet our present requirements to provide protection against the latest viruses, Trojans and other malware and to keep up with the growing number of banking transactions."
The bank's IT team had evaluated solutions from Check Point and Cisco before deciding on Fortinet's FortiGate-5000 Series chassis-based security systems and FortiManager management and monitoring solution. Fortinet's true UTM solution offered a larger range of features, superior performance, easier administration and scalability to better meet the growing needs of the bank.
The Fortinet solution was deployed by systems integrator Wipro Infotech at Syndicate Bank's data center in Mumbai and disaster recovery site in Bangalore, India. The deployment was carried out with very minimal interruption to the data center operations, and today, more than 18,000 banking users are securely connecting to these datacenters from branch offices, ATM network and Internet.
Fortinet's FortiGate-5000 Series of modular, chassis-based systems are the first to comply with the Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (AdvancedTCA or ATCA) standard and provide multi-gigabit performance and integrated multi-threat protection ideal to help secure high-bandwidth enterprise networks. The systems offer an array of essential security applications and services, including firewall, anti-virus, VPN, intrusion prevention, Web content filtering, anti-spam, Instant Messaging (IM) and Peer-to-Peer (P2P) controls and traffic shaping. FortiGate systems are kept up to date automatically through FortiGuard™ subscription services, which provide continuous updates to help protect against the latest viruses, worms, Trojans and other threats - around the clock and around the world. Fortinet's FortiManager-400 is an integrated management and monitoring platform that minimizes the administrative effort required to deploy, configure, monitor and maintain the full range of network protection services provided by Fortinet products.
"Syndicate Bank is a breakthrough project for us in India in terms of its size and scope and also because the deployment is to protect mission-critical, performance-sensitive banking systems. This shows not only, the growing acceptance and adoption of integrated security systems by financial institutions but also our continued success in the financial services market," said Andre Stewart, vice president for EMEA, Fortinet.
About Syndicate Bank (www.syndicatebank.in)
Syndicate Bank was established in 1925 in Udupi and is one of the oldest and largest public sector banks of India. Originally founded as the Canara Industrial and Banking Syndicate Limited, the bank's name was changed to Syndicate Bank in 1963, and was nationalized with 13 other major commercial banks in 1969 by the Government of India. Syndicate Bank, with over 80 years of pioneering expertise, has a history of banking innovation and progressive thinking and has operated as a catalyst for development across India. The bank has recently initiated its ambitious project to network 500 of its strategic branches and ATMs over a 4 year period, under its Centralised Banking Solution (CBS) plan.
About Fortinet (www.fortinet.com)
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 eight times over by ICSA Labs (firewall, antivirus, IPSec, SSL, IPS, client antivirus detection, cleaning and antispyware). Fortinet is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California.
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