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Houston County Electric Cooperative (HCEC)

Rural Electricity Co-op Fortifies Its IT and OT Networks With an MSP-Delivered Security Fabric

“Fortinet’s product line, software, and support—combined with SkyHelm’s skills, knowledge, expertise, and services—provide us with a great security benefit ensuring critical electric infrastructure is protected, monitored, and maintained in an efficient and cost-effective manner.”

– Shelby Vance, IT Director, Houston County Electric Cooperative


Houston County Electric Cooperative (HCEC) is a regional electric distribution cooperative with over 5,000 miles of power lines serving about 25,000 members. Recognizing the risk of large-scale attacks against bulk electric systems, HCEC wanted to shore up protection for its substation equipment and other critical assets. Working with its managed service provider, SkyHelm, HCEC deployed Fortinet’s next-generation firewalls (NGFWs) and secure access switches to segment its network and provide more robust protection from the expanding threat landscape. For SkyHelm, the integrated nature of the Fortinet Security Fabric and its centralized network and security management tools made it easy to meet HCEC’s needs.

Learn how HCEC is improving its security posture and aligning with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s Critical Infrastructure Protection (NERC CIP) standard in this case study.

Business Impact


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For HCEC, significant improvement in security posture without increasing IT headcount


For SkyHelm, a reliable roadmap to service growth by leveraging the Fortinet Security Fabric and through collaboration with Fortinet

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