Eurosport Standardizes Its Network Security on Fortinet(R)

Eurosport Standardizes Its Network Security on Fortinet(R) 
Fortinet's Solutions Enable Wired and Wireless Network Security to
the Pan-European Sport TV Channel Across 17 Countries 
SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/18/13 --  Fortinet(R) (NASDAQ:
FTNT) -- a world leader in high-performance network security -- today
announced that Eurosport, the number one pan-European TV sport
network, has deployed the company's FortiGate(R) network security
appliances to protect a network of 1,000 employees across 17
countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Eurosport also
implemented Fortinet's FortiAP(R) wireless access points to provide
secure Wi-Fi access to its employees. Fortinet products were chosen
primarily for their performance, redundancy capabilities and ease of
management and deployment.  
Eurosport broadcasts in 20 languages and reaches 130 million homes
across 54 countries. The Eurosport Group headquarters are located in
Issy-les-Moulineaux, France, and has 17 offices across Europe, the
Middle East and Asia, located in the following countries: Germany,
Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland,
Poland, Spain, UK (two offices), Greece, Portugal, UAE, Japan and
Hong Kong.  
In 2012, Eurosport Group decided to replace its existing Check Point
and Juniper firewalls with a solution that could integrate firewall,
SSL VPN and offer more flexibility in terms of management and
administration. After conducting an analysis of competing solutions,
Eurosport's IT department selected Fortinet's FortiGate network
security appliances for the following reasons: the product line
offered a full range of performance levels that adapted to the
requirements of the different sites; those performance levels were
three times higher than the ones found using Check Point technology;
the appliances offered simple and cost-effective redundancy options
and key features such as identity-based authentication for every user
and firewall configuration, as well as ease of management and
"We are present in 17 countries but don't have technical resources
available in each location. This is why our priority was ease of
administration and management. Fortinet was the only vendor to fully
meet our requirements thanks to its ability to configure and up
the device with a simple USB key," said Thierry Landeau, network and
security project manager at Eurosport. "In order to configure the
appliances located in Tokyo for instance, we emailed the setup file
and firmware that we wanted to integrate in the devices, and our
sales team in the Tokyo agency transferred those files onto a USB
stick that they connected to the Fortinet appliance before turning it
on. Five minutes later, the FortiGate device was operational."  
Due to high bandwidth requirements, three Fortinet clusters were
deployed at Eurosport's headquarters in France: The first cluster
included two FortiGate-1000C appliances, and the other two clusters
consisted of two FortiGate-200B appliances. In addition, fifteen
FortiGate-80C clusters were deployed in agencies located in: the
Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Poland, Switzerland, Greece,
Italy, Spain, Portugal, UAE, Japan and Hong Kong. And, to address the
bandwidth requirements of the larger offices counting around fifty
employees, four FortiGate-110C clusters were deployed in the agencies
located in the UK, Germany and Sweden. 
With the proliferation and increasing use of mobile devices such as
smartphones and tablets on its corporate network, Eurosport Group
decided to provide secure wireless Internet access to its employees
and, in particular, to its sales team, so that they could effectively
demonstrate the Eurosport services available on mobile platforms.
Again, the IT department opted for Fortinet rather than a wireless
network security specialist, such as Aruba Networks: 
"Since Fortinet's FortiGate appliances are equipped with wireless
controllers, we decided it made logical sense to choose Fortinet's
FortiAP wireless access points in order standardize on vendors at
Eurosport and avoid multiple licenses and administration," said
Pascal Delorme, system, network and telecoms manager at Eurosport.  
"Fortinet's FortiAPs perfectly address our requirements in terms of
mobility optimization as they have allowed us to standardize on
Wi-Fi, that is to say, assign the same name and the same SSID to each
user across all agencies. So now, an employee at Eurosport Group who
usually connects to Wi-Fi in the Paris office, can log into any other
agency within the group with the same SSID and password," said
Nicolas Perrault, network and security engineer at Eurosport.  
To date, 23 FortiAP-220B wireless access points have been deployed
across the different agencies. 
The deployment of the FortiGate and FortiAP devices has been
happening gradually at the remotes sites since April 2012, and the
implementation is now in its final phase. All solutions are remotely
managed from the headquarters in France using a FortiManager(TM)-100C
centralized management system. Reporting is handled through the
FortiAnalyzer(TM)-400B, which allows Eurosport to securely collect
the daily logs from the FortiGate appliances and generate technical
reports and statistics on security events. 
"We are very proud to count Eurosport Group among our customers. By
deploying Fortinet's solutions, they have now extended security and
control over their entire infrastructure, while benefiting from
optimized costs as well as ease of management and administration,"
said Patrice Perche, senior vice president of international sales and
support at Fortinet. "We consider ourselves an end-to-end security
partner to global companies such as Eurosport Group by delivering the
most complete, high-performance integrated appliances and critical
security services in the enterprise today." 
About Eurosport Group (
Eurosport Group is Europe's leading sports entertainment group.
Eurosport, the no 1 pan-European TV channel, broadcasts in 20
languages and reaches 130 million homes across 54 countries.
Eurosport HD is the high definition simulcast of Eurosport. Eurosport
2 broadcasts to 62 million households in 18 languages across 46
countries. Eurosport 2 HD was launched in August 2009. Eurosport
Asia-Pacific reaches 17 countries in the region and launched an HD
channel in September 2011. Eurosportnews is the sports news channel
transmitted worldwide., Europe's no 1 online sports
destination, has over 23 million unique users per month (comScore)
across an international network of sports Websites in 11 languages,
including Yahoo! co-branded sites in Germany, Spain, Italy and the
UK. The free mobile applications are available in 10
languages. Eurosport Player, Eurosport's Web TV service, provides
LIVE and on-demand sports to fans' PCs in 52 countries and the Player
mobile application is available in up to 34 countries. Eurosport
Events is the group's expert division in the management and promotion
of international sporting events.  
About Fortinet (
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worldwide provider of network security appliances and a market leader
in unified threat management (UTM). Our products and subscription
services provide broad, integrated and high-performance protection
against dynamic security threats while simplifying the IT security
infrastructure. Our customers include enterprises, service providers
and government entities worldwide, including the majority of the 2012
une Global 100. Fortinet's flagship FortiGate product delivers
ASIC-accelerated performance and integrates multiple layers of
security designed to help protect against application and network
threats. Fortinet's broad product line goes beyond UTM to help secure
the extended enterprise -- from endpoints, to the perimeter and the
core, including databases and applications. Fortinet is headquartered
in Sunnyvale, Calif., with offices around the world.  
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