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Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University Boosts Email Performance and Enhances Security With FortiMail

“We did not experience any difference at all from the pre-sale to post-sale support, which speaks volumes about Fortinet’s commitment to its customers.”

– Dr. Mehran Basiratmand, Executive Director and Chief Technology Officer, Florida Atlantic University


Florida Atlantic University (FAU) is a large research university serving over 30,000 students and 5,000 faculty. Such an institution makes it a tempting target for cybercriminals due to the data it handles, such as intellectual property and troves of student records. Facing ongoing cyber threats including phishing attacks and ransomware to name a few, the university needed a solution to stop these attacks at the perimeter. For this it turned to FortiMail for comprehensive protection against email-borne threats for its faculty on Microsoft 365.

With the solution deployed, it provides robust protection from key threats like phishing and impersonation email, flexibility with granular filter controls—for example for legitimate bulk email such as research surveys—and faster message delivery and tracing. This all results in an improved user experience for faculty and labor savings for the IT department. FAU’s success with FortiMail ultimately gave it the confidence to start consolidating on other Fortinet solutions such as FortiGate Next-Generation Firewalls and FortiClient endpoint protection.

Learn how FAU puts email security at the helm of its vision for a consolidated and integrated security infrastructure in this case study.

Business Impact


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Robust protection against email-borne threats including phishing, impersonation and ransomware threats

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Granular control to allow legitimate email for faculty

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Vastly improved user experience

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0.5 full-time equivalents saved by not having to prioritize message queues

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Faster speed to resolve message tracing

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