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Manipal Hospitals group revamps network security with Fortinet

Jack Loo | July 31, 2013
The new deployment promises to offer staff secure remote access to critical applications.

The Manipal Hospitals group in India has picked Fortinet to secure its network and enable application access over the Internet and through mobile devices.

According to Fortinet, the selected products are FortiGate network security platform along with its FortiManager and FortiAnalyzer centralised security management and reporting appliances.

The group is the third largest healthcare organisation 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 two million patients annually.

“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,” said Nandkishore Dhomne, CIO, Manipal Health Enterprises, Manipal Group. 

“With Fortinet, we found an end-to-end solution that secures the network with integrated authentication and centralised management without any compromise,” added Dhomme.

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 centralises 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. 

“We keep innovating to give organisations 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 losing visibility on what’s happening on their network, said Vishak Raman, Fortinet's Senior Regional Director for India & SAARC.


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