Helps publisher ensure service availability and prevent data theft
Also secures mobile devices, allowing staff to tap BYOD trend
NETWORK security specialist Fortinet announced that Sin Chew Media Corporation Bhd, Malaysia’s largest Chinese language publisher, has deployed its FortiGate network security platform to protect its network against growing online threats, improve business continuity and enable bring-your-own-device (BYOD) usage among its staff.
Sin Chew Media chose Fortinet's solutions for their comprehensive security feature set, ease of configuration and management, and cost effectiveness, the security company claimed.
Sin Chew Media is one of Malaysia's most established publishers, owning titles like its flagship Sin Chew Daily, Guang Ming Daily and various Chinese language magazines.
Sin Chew Media has 53 news bureaus and six printing plants in East and West Malaysia, Fortinet said in a statement.
Recently, Sin Chew Media decided to conduct a network security upgrade to better protect itself against online threats, which kept increasing both in terms of volume and sophistication.
The publisher wanted to take this opportunity to improve the performance of its network and enable reporters and other staff to safely leverage their personal mobile devices for work purposes, Fortinet said.
After evaluating solutions from various security vendors, Sin Chew Media chose Fortinet's FortiGate platform. The organisation had been using earlier models of the FortiGate platform for several years.
“As a news outlet, we are at the forefront of the Internet and attract our fair share of attackers from around the world, said Ong Kee Wah, ICT manager at Sin Chew Media.
“As the number and sophistication of threats continue to grow, we see an urgent need to bolster our defences.
“Fortinet's solutions help us meet our three biggest business challenges – ensuring service availability of critical business systems; safeguarding business continuity; and preventing data theft,” he added.
With the FortiGate network security platform, Sin Chew Media benefits from a full range of security functionalities, including firewall, IPS (Intrusion Prevention System), VPN (virtual private network), antivirus, Web filtering, antispam and application control.
The appliances' latest FortiOS 5.2 operating system, which features what Fortinet calls a “new deep flow advanced malware engine,” enhanced client behavioural analysis and easier configuration of firewall policies, is also helping the firm ward off advanced persistent threats (APTs), zero-day attacks and other sophisticated malware.
In addition, FortiOS 5.2 secures and optimises mobile device usage by closely controlling the network, applications and user behaviour.
Following the deployment of the new FortiGate appliances at its branch offices, Sin Chew Media experienced a 40% drop in the number of security incidents, enabling it to run its business confidently and free up scarce IT manpower for strategic tasks, Fortinet claimed.
By providing fast, secure and dependable VPN communication between headquarters and branch offices, Fortinet's solutions also improved the company's business efficiency, it added.
“Our FortiGate high performance network security platform has dependably met the business and security needs of enterprises the world over,” said Michelle Ong (pic), Fortinet's country manager for Malaysia.
“As competition and reader expectations in the news industry intensify, publishers' ability to put out content day after day without disruption is a critical foundation of their business, without which there can be no survival, let alone growth,” she added.
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