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Batteries Plus Bulbs

Retailer Improves Security With SD-WAN and Simplifies Operations at 740 Stores Nationwide

“We can take a more proactive stance to manage security. This gives us confidence that we are equipped to manage security threats for the next 5 to 7 years.”

– Dan Dugan, Vice President of Information Technology, Batteries Plus Bulbs®


Specialty retailer Batteries Plus Bulbs has grown to 740 locations, partly due to an aggressive franchising strategy. Eight years ago, the company built a new cybersecurity infrastructure that featured a legacy firewall managed by a managed security services provider (MSSP)—and other, non-integrated tools managed in-house. This resulted in limited visibility into the company’s overall security posture.

Batteries Plus Bulbs replaced that legacy arrangement with a comprehensive contract with Fortinet Partner Leeward Business Advisors using Fortinet technology. Leeward now manages many network and security operations functions for the company, leveraging FortiGate next-generation firewalls (NGFWs) seamlessly integrated with Fortinet SD-WAN, wireless access point, and security management and analysis solutions along with a variety of security services. The company now has an efficient, scalable security architecture with single-pane-of-glass visibility—and enhanced protection against cybersecurity risks—at the same cost to franchisees as the old solution.

Learn more about Batteries Plus Bulbs’ journey by reading the case study, which details the company’s deployment of an integrated security architecture. 

Business Impact


Visibility Protection

Full visibility of the entire security architecture from a single pane of glass

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Flexibility to bolster specific security elements in the future with integrated solutions


Scalability to meet the company’s future security needs

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Solution was cost neutral compared with prior solution while delivering vastly better performance and security

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