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Fortinet cherry – picked courtesy; Mahesh Bank, Secures Entire Network to Meet Reserve Bank of India Guidelines


Fortinet a comprehensive player in regard to high-performance network security has announced that The A.P. Mahesh Co-operative Urban Bank − a primary multistate scheduled co-operative Urban bank in India popularly identified as Mahesh Bank − has embraced its FortiGate network security platform and FortiAnalyzer centralized reporting appliances to be able to secure its data center plus network of 39 branches. Mahesh Bank from its barrio cherry-picked Fortinet above contending vendors like Cisco, followed by Check Point as well as Juniper given its time tested firewall performance, easy to deploy and manage solutions, besides first-class support services.

Mahesh Bank was the first co-operative urban bank of Andhra Pradesh to be able to familiarize computerization at all its branches and today remains as one of the limited co-operative banks that have automated its maneuvers. It was also the first co-operative bank to be bequeathed Scheduled Status by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). At present, Mahesh Bank has presence in three states across India, by way of 39 branches nation-wide, and revenue in excess of Rs. 2200 crores for its financial year ending March 31, 2014.

Mahesh Bank from its part was augmenting services to its portfolio and thus needed a sophisticated security solution at its branches to be able to protect its growing data and applications. To conform to RBI mandates, the bank needed to deploy a resilient security architecture to shield its network and implement centralized control over its branches’ Internet as well as application usage.

After having assessed the various vendors’ solution offerings, Mahesh Bank found that the FortiGate virtualization capabilities impeccably meets its prerequisites to be able to secure both its Internet and Intranet applications. The network security platform’s complete functionality, stability, scalability as well as low total cost of ownership persuaded Mahesh Bank to make use of Fortinet exclusively in its network.

“The FortiGate platform carried all the security functionality we needed, while the highly qualified support team assured us that they could be the single, reliable go-to party for all our servicing needs,” alleged Mr. Milind Rajhans, Assistant General Manager IT & CISO at Mahesh Bank.

The proactive support delivered courtesy; Fortinet partner M/s Digital Track to Mahesh Bank even before the deployment impressed the customer − Digital Track supplied standby appliances and conducted hands-on training programs to the bank staff.

“We regularly sent them technology and solution updates and actively supported the customer even before we signed the deal,” held Muneer Ahmed, Managing Director of DigitalTrack. Supplementing that – “Working closely with the Fortinet team, we have clinched many big deals but the Mahesh Bank one is special because Fortinet is the only vendor securing their entire infrastructure”

Mahesh Bank’s 39 branches have each correspondingly set up a FortiGate-40C appliance to be able to encompass edge security, making available secure network access via VPN. The devices also function as routers to be able to connect the branches to the Internet via MPLS. Making use of a centralized network security policy, the head office now has comprehensive control of the Internet as well as application usage besides transactions handled at each branch.

The FortiGate-40C appliances from their part are equipped by means of 3G connectivity in failover mode – so that in case the main internet connectivity fails, there will remain an automatic dialup using the 3G connection. This 3G connectivity feature was not offered in competitive products.

The two FortiGate-300C appliances implemented at Mahesh Bank’s datacenter have a virtualized framework with different security policies for Internet and Intranet users. The edge FortiGate solutions work together with these appliances to define common policies meant for users to access applications by facilitating an expansive range of security features including antivirus, antispam, followed by Web filtering, VPN, intrusion prevention and application control. A FortiAnalyzer-200D centralized reporting appliance affords visibility to IT administrators by way of analyzing the network and reporting incongruities.

“The Mahesh Bank implementation highlights that with the right architecture and solutions, smaller co-operative banks − not just big banks − can benefit from advanced security technologies,” informed Rajesh Maurya, Fortinet’s Country Manager for India & SAARC. Furthering that- “Financial services is a vital vertical for Fortinet and we are committed to investing in the skills of our staff and partners, as well as the performance of our appliances, to be up to the requirements of this demanding sector.”


Jawed Akhtar

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