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USI Insurance Services

Insurance Broker Ensures WAN Security Plus Higher Performance, Less Downtime, and Streamlined Management

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Hypergrowth for USI Insurance Services led the company to address managing networking and security across 182 offices spanning the United States. After all, its small team of network engineers dealt with legacy firewalls that were difficult to manage and maintain. It needed to reduce complexity.

With a top cybersecurity priority for USI to secure network edges, it turned to Fortinet, particularly interested in the ease of management and performance delivered by FortiGate Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFWs). After the data center transition was a success, it enabled Fortinet software-defined wide-area (SD-WAN) networking on the NGFWs at all branches. FortiManager helps the company deploy and scale new branches and FortiAnalyzer helps it investigate security incidents. Now, with multiple WAN links and secure, direct-to-internet connectivity in one consolidated solution, the insurance broker benefits from 10x faster application performance, 50% fewer outages, and up to 40% lower connectivity costs.

“We have effectively cut our outages in half. The proof is in the pudding that Fortinet Secure SD-WAN does what it is supposed to do.”

– Joe Mogelinski, Senior Network Engineer, USI Insurance Services 

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Business Impact

WAN downtime cut in half: From around 40 outages per year to fewer than 20

Internet connectivity up to 10x faster from office locations

Network engineering team can focus on more value-added activities due to networking and security solutions’ ease of management

Less than five minutes of office downtime to roll out a new firewall

$1 million a year in savings on WAN hardware and support


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