Mahesh Bank selects Fortinet to beef up its network security

Nurdianah Md Nur

Mahesh Bank, also known as A.P. Mahesh Co-operative Urban Bank in India, has implemented Fortinet's solutions to secure its data centre and network of 39 branches.

According to the bank, it needed to deploy a resilient security architecture to protect its network and implement centralised control over its branches' Internet and application usage in order to comply with the Reserve Bank of India's mandates.

Using FortiGate-40C appliance in each of its branch, the bank was able to extend its edge security and provide secure network access via virtual private network (VPN). The appliances also serve as routers to connect the branches to the Internet through Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS). Coupled with a centralised network security policy, the head office now has full control of the Internet and application usage as well as transactions conducted at every branch.

The FortiGate-40C appliances are additionally equipped with 3G connectivity in failover mode. This means that in the event that the main Internet connectivity fails, there will be an automatic dialup using the 3G connection, thus minimising disruption to business operations.

Mahesh Bank also deployed two FortiGate-300C appliances at its data centre. Together with FortiGate-40C solutions, these appliances define common policies for users to access applications by enabling a broad range of security features including antivirus, antispam, Web filtering, VPN, intrusion prevention and application control.

Besides FortiGate solutions, a FortiAnalyzer-200D centralized reporting appliance is also implemented to provide visibility. With the solution, the bank's IT administrators are able to analyse the network and report anomalies.