Abu Dhabi City Municipality Relies on Fortinet to Secure Critical Data and Networks
Reports 72 Percent Reduction in Operating Costs Post-Implementation
With ADM’s critical network and data assets spread across its headquarters and 45 branches in the city of
“We wanted to have a complete security strategy approach in one platform, ensuring a zero-trust model and positive security implementation. It was important for the solution to provide threat detection, prevention, and response capabilities. It had to allow for internal segmentation, complete end-to-end visibility and superior protection from advanced threats,” said Ali Mohamed Aljeadi, Head of IT Infrastructure and Security (CISO), at
After evaluating several solutions from vendors such as
“Fortinet has provided us with a suite of solutions and a single-pane-of-glass approach for monitoring, managing, and reporting. The solution is easy to manage, allowing the security administration staff to focus on critical tasks, therefore reducing time to identify and mitigate threats. We also need fewer resources to manage the appliances,” added Aljeadi.
A combination of Fortinet’s solutions have been deployed including FortiGate Next-Generation Firewalls (three high-end FortiGate 3200D, 24 FortiGate 300D, 45 FortiGate 81E, four FortiGate 30E), FortiSandbox 3000E, and FortiAnalyzer 1000E, across ADM’s headquarters and 45 branches within
FortiGate Next-Generation Firewalls provide ADM with Intrusion Prevention Systems, VPNs, URL Filtering, Web Antivirus, Anti-Spam, Anti-X, Antivirus and Sandboxing. ADM has also subscribed to Fortinet’s services, while utilizing the FortiAnalyzer to generate periodic reports for both C-level executives and the security team. The implementation took place in two phases with the datacentre and ATP being completed in Q1 of 2018, while the SD-WAN implementation for the headquarters and major branches was completed in Q2 of 2018.
“We are delighted to see an almost immediate return on investment so early after implementation. Not only have we received high-end protection, but have also reduced our annual OPEX by more than 72 percent, while increasing our latency and network capacity fourfold. We have received significant business benefits in which our annual
“As we witness the convergence of IT and OT, securing tangible and intangible assets has become an important aspect of physical security. The ADM is a great example of how government establishments approach cybersecurity and trust the Fortinet Security Fabric to secure their mission-critical networks and data. We are proud to have the
The FortiGate Next-Generation Firewalls have helped ADM resolve multiple challenges such as user identification, while improving SSL performance by enabling visibility and control of network activity on a per-user basis. It has resolved a content identification challenge to prevent data leakage and stop threats with detailed, real-time traffic inspection through threat prevention, URL filtering, and file and data filtering.
Finally, the intuitive FortiPortal web interface has reduced the learning curve for the security administration team and allowed them to efficiently manage the FortiGate appliances through a single-pane-of-glass approach. In addition,
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