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New York State School District Modernizes its Network and Security Systems with the Fortinet Security Fabric

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With new state compliance requirements needed, the Greater Amsterdam School District (GASD) in New York decided to take on a network and cybersecurity modernization effort to support its approximately 4,000 students and 700 staff. With a small IT team, it wanted to eliminate security gaps by better integrating systems and reducing complexity.

Already impressed by its Fortinet Next-Generation Firewalls, the district chose to further integrate solutions from the Fortinet Security Fabric knowing they would help meet its cybersecurity framework and compliance requirements. Fortinet also helped the district fund the projects through various government programs. The transition helped close various security gaps in email, endpoint, access management, and at the network edge. GASD even extended secure connectivity to remote learners. Some immediate benefits realized by the district include time savings through integration and automation, better visibility across network activity, the ability to support disadvantaged students with seamless remote connectivity, and even access to better cyber insurance for the district.

“Our experience with the FortiGate Next-Generation Firewalls [NGFWs] has been great, and we were impressed by the level of integration enabled by the broader Fortinet Security Fabric, as well as Fortinet’s competitive pricing. Importantly, Fortinet could also provide the level of security required to access federal government and state funding and deliver against the NIST [National Institute of Standards and Technology] Cybersecurity Framework.”

– Eric Scholl, Chief Security Officer, GASD

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Business Impact

Secured compliance with New York State Education Law 2-d

Significant time savings through integration and automation

Significantly improved security posture and reduced operational risk

Improved access to cyber insurance

Secured internet connection at home for disadvantaged students

Support with federal funding applications


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