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Skilled-Nursing Company Taps Fortinet’s Secure SD-Branch for Converged Networking and Security

“If I log into a FortiGate, it will notify me if there are updates available for our switches and access points as well. We can use FortiManager to push out patches and updates to all our buildings from a central location. Having that centralized management is a key reason to go with Fortinet.”

– Brian Cole, VP and IT Security Officer, Diversicare


Diversicare operates 61 skilled nursing centers across the United States. Making sure core systems are highly reliable and patient information remains secure is critical. Its network and security solutions landscape, however, involved too many vendors and was too complex to manage. When a wireless LAN project involving Fortinet deployed to improve connectivity for Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) devices, staff application use, and patient and visitor use, that quickly expanded into a consolidation of the organization’s security and networking solutions.

Fortinet partner Liquid Networx deployed a software-defined branch (SD-Branch) solution offering single pane of glass visibility and management across Fortinet Secure SD-WAN (software-defined wide-area network) and FortiSwitch and FortiAP (access point) devices at the LAN edge. FortiNAC further added network access control capabilities. Diversicare benefits from seamless integration and unified management of the solution driven by FortiManager and FortiAnalyzer. Configuration changes, compliance, and scaling to new locations are all executed more effectively and efficiently. Ultimately, better and more secure connectivity benefits patients.

Read about Diversicare’s networking and security infrastructure transformation via Fortinet SD-Branch in this case study.

Business Impact


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Improved security for patient information and other vital data, as next-generation firewalls (NGFWs) leverage real-time security services to prevent known and unknown threats from entering the corporate network

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Strengthened compliance with federal regulations around patient care and data security

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Functional and secure software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) connectivity

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40% reduction each week in staff time spent managing network and security infrastructure

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Improved ability of IT staff to fill in for one another when needed


Streamlined corporate expansion through easier rollout of standard technologies to new skilled-nursing centers

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