Manipal Hospitals Revamps Network Security Infrastructure and Enables BYOD With Fortinet

Manipal Hospitals Revamps Network Security Infrastructure and Enables BYOD With 
Deployment Strengthens Security at Lower Cost and Gives Doctors and
Support Staff Secured Remote Access to Critical Applications 
SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/29/13 --  Fortinet(R) (NASDAQ:
FTNT) -- a world leader in high-performance network security -- today
announced that Manipal Hospitals has deployed its FortiGate(R)
network security platform along with its FortiManager(TM) and
FortiAnalyzer(TM) centralized security management and reporting
appliances to help secure its network and enable application access
over the Internet and through mobile devices. The solutions also help
Manipal Hospitals meet compliance requirements for data security and
access control. Manipal Hospitals chose Fortinet's solutions for
their high performance, breadth of security functionality and low
total cost of ownership. Fortinet beat Check Point Technologies and
the incumbent Cisco in this deal after extensive evaluation and
testing that lasted almost two months. 
Manipal Health Enterprises, a part of the Manipal Education & Medical
Group, is a leading quality healthcare provider in India. Operating
under the brand name "Manipal Hospitals," it is the third largest
healthcare group in India, with a network of 15 hospitals and over
5,000 beds in 11 locations. The hospitals, which cover all levels of
delivery from primary to quaternary care, has over 2,000 doctors and
6,000 nurses, paramedics and support staff and treats 2 million
patients annually. 
The hospital group was looking to upgrade its IT infrastructure
hosted at their headquarters in Bangalore. The previous security
setup was fragmented and did not have a structured framework to
mitigate current Internet threats.  
Manipal Hospitals wanted to deploy a broad, high performance
real-time threat protection solution to safeguard patient
information, secure Internet access and meet National Accreditation
Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH) compliance
requirements related to information security. The group was thus
looking at enabling a broad range of security features including
firewall, Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), antivirus, antispam,
antispyware, application control, VPN, Web filtering, Web application
security, vulnerability management and compliance management. In
addition, to keep running costs low, the healthcare group wanted a
solution with unlimited user licenses. And, as the hospital wanted
its doctors to have access to patient records -- and Finance, HR and
Marketing staff to have access to ERP and other applications -- while
on the move, the solution chosen needed to effectively support a
bring-your-own-device (BYOD) environment. 
Nandkishore Dhomne, CIO, Manipal Health Enterprises, Manipal Group,
said: "We needed an enterprise-class multi-layered information
security solution well suited to group hospitals, which had to be
highly scalable to keep up with our growth and also offer secure
remote access to hospital network users accessing sensitive business
applications and data. With Fortinet, we found an end-to-end solution
that secures the network with integrated authentication and
centralized management without any compromise."  
With the implementation of the FortiGate-800C, FortiGate-600C and
FortiGate-200B platforms, Manipal Hospitals has addressed all of its
initial security requirements and reduced the complexity of its
network security by reducing the number of deployed devices.
FortiGate's ability to define and enforce security policies based on
the identity of users and the types of devices they use also enabled
BYOD to be safely supported within Manipal Hospitals. The
FortiManager-200D centralizes the management and updates of the
FortiGate devices, helps detect security violations and test firewall
rules. The FortiAnalyzer-400C performs network analysis and reports
on network anomalies.  
Manipal Hospitals is now able to provide secure access to business
applications such as ERP, Hospital Information System (HIS), Picture
Archiving and Communication System (PACS) and tele-radiology to all
of its users across locations. Also, all NABH IT compliance
requirements are being met and managed more effectively. 
Manipal Hospitals' solution was deployed by Bangalore-based 22by7
Solutions. Venkat Murthy, prime mover of 22by7 Solutions, said: "We
have been deploying Fortinet's widely trusted solutions for a long
time. The implementation went very smoothly. The well-defined scope
of work, professional execution and strong support from the customer
allowed all deadlines to be met without incident." 
Vishak Raman, Fortinet's Senior Regional Director for India & SAARC,
said: "We keep innovating to give organizations the power to secure
and control their IT infrastructure while supporting business
functions, processes and new trends such as BYOD. With our solutions,
Manipal Hospitals is able to achieve the level of security required
in a sensitive environment such as healthcare, without sacrificing
performance or loosing visibility on what's happening on their
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