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Columbus Regional Healthcare System

How a Rural Healthcare System Stepped up Email Security

“We have examples where people in the organization received potential malware, and we have been able to immediately block future emails with those same characteristics, whether the issue is with the sender’s country, domain, etc.”

– Ed Duryee, Director of Information Systems, Columbus Regional Healthcare System


Columbus Regional Healthcare System, in North Carolina, consists of a 150-bed hospital and 10 satellite medical clinics. Like nearly every healthcare provider, Columbus Regional’s small IT team considers it a top priority to protect the organization against email-based threats such as ransomware. It turned to Fortinet’s FortiMail email security and FortiWeb web filtering solutions to improve its security posture. Along the way, it saw the value of Fortinet’s tight integration among its solutions and further consolidated on other Fortinet Security Fabric offerings.

Consolidating vendors and streamlined management across the platform led to more efficient security management for the healthcare provider. Best-of-breed features enabled it to customize email and web security in new ways it could not before. Faster and more effective response to security incidents were key business impacts. And, Columbus Regional was able to streamline its compliance reporting process.

Learn more about Columbus Regional’s path to more effective security in this case study.

Business Impact


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Improved security across business-critical on-premises systems, including Microsoft Exchange


Faster and more effective response to security incidents

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Reduced rates on cybersecurity insurance coverage

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Easier compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

Easy Set Up

More efficient security management through a minimal learning curve and the enhanced ability of security specialists to cover for each other

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