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Okeechobee County School District

Fortinet Helps a Florida School District Meet Its Insurer’s Strict New Requirements

“Deploying FortiEDR was a real eye-opener. It caught some malware lurking on workstations that our previous endpoint security system had not detected.”

– Rashan Jones, Coordinator, Network Systems, Okeechobee County School District


In the footsteps of many other school districts across the U.S., Okeechobee County is likewise concerned about ransomware and cyberattacks. But a looming change in the district’s insurance requirements was a catalyst to better secure its email and endpoints. Both existing solutions in place weren’t going to pass the grade for the insurance carrier and its deadline to renew the policy. Therefore, the district knew it had to move beyond the complexity and lack of visibility it experienced with its legacy endpoint security solution; and in addition, move to a more robust email security.

Already pleased with FortiGate Next-Generation Firewalls and FortiAnalyzer for security analytics, the district found FortiMail and Forti EDR (endpoint detection and response) solutions would be easy to deploy, configure, and manage. Almost instantly, FortiEDR afforded the security administrator with visibility and insights valuable to the district’s security posture. And, the solution helped make policy modifications and enforcement a success. FortiEDR has given the staff an extra hour per day to support student learning and district administration needs.

See how combining several Fortinet security solutions in the district’s infrastructure has significantly streamlined security management in this case study.

Business Impact


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Fortinet’s endpoint and email security solutions met insurer’s requirements

Easy Set Up

Approximately one hour per day reclaimed for district cybersecurity professional

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Improved ability to detect and respond to ransomware or other attempted attacks

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Streamlined rollout of new security policies, and quick modification of policies when needed

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Simplified enforcement of district-wide policies around application usage and detection of noncompliance

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