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Council Rock School District

Pennsylvanian School District Consolidates on the Fortinet Security Fabric for Increased Visibility, Control, and Protection

“It feels like every time we add a Fortinet device or product to the network, I get more actionable insights that allow me to do what matters: provide a secure and highly available network to teachers and students.“

– Matthew Frederickson, Director of IT, Council Rock School District


Council Rock School District, in Southeastern Pennsylvania, comprises 15 K-12 schools and one alternative high school, as well as two administrative buildings. 1,300 teachers and support staff serve 11,000 students. The district needed to replace an end-of-life firewall and needed a next-generation firewall that could automate as many processes as possible to ease the burden on its small IT staff. In addition, its unified communications (UC) platform was outdated, complex, and costly to operate. Turning to Fortinet, Council Rock deployed a FortiGate Next-Generation Firewall. Soon after, the district added FortiAP secure wireless access points and FortiSwitches. The district has adopted FortiManager to centrally manage and configure its devices, as well as FortiSIEM (security information and event management) to collate security intelligence. The district also deployed FortiEDR (endpoint detection and response), which helps enable secure home schooling at scale, and FortiAuthenticator to further boost its perimeter defenses. Finally, the district rolled out FortiVoice, Fortinet’s integrated UC platform for voice, conferencing, chat, and fax.

See how consolidating to Fortinet’s Security Fabric offers greater visibility, control, automation, protection, and ease of management, which leads to significant savings benefits for Council Rock School District in this case study.

Business Impact


Visibility Protection

Increased visibility through unified security system and single pane of glass view

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Granular control of network access to meet needs of a varied user base

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Two to three FTE's saved through automation and centralized device management

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Secure home schooling enabled for 11,000 students

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