Fortinet reduces security incidents by 40%, boosts BYOD at Malaysia's Sin Chew


FortinetMY Country Manager, Michelle Ong modified 

Photo - Michelle Ong, Country Manager, Fortinet Malaysia


Fortinet's upgrade to prevent data theft and secure mobile devices at Malaysian Chinese language publisher Sin Chew Media Corporation has also improved business efficiency, reduced security incidents by 40 percent while delivering better service availability, said the networking security solutions provider.

Fortinet Malaysia country manager Michelle Ong said Sin Chew Media has deployed Fortinet's FortiGate network security platform to protect its network against growing online threats, improve business continuity and allow its staff to practice the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) option.

"As a news outlet, we are at the forefront of the Internet and attract our fair share of attackers from around the world," said Sin Chew Media's ICT manager, Ong Kee Wah. "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 - ensure service availability of critical business systems, safeguard business continuity and prevent data theft," said Ong. "On a daily operations level, the appliances' ability to intelligently analyse traffic and facilitate quick response through their Dynamic DNS and RBL features were especially important."

He said the company's awareness of the increasing quantity and sophistication of online threats prompted the move to improve network performance as well as allow reports and other staff to use personal mobile devices for work purposes.

After evaluating solutions from various key security vendors, we chose Fortinet's FortiGate platform for its breadth of security functionality, ease of management and low TCO, he said. "The organisation had been using earlier models of the FortiGate platform for several years and had been satisfied with its proven performance and stability."

 40% drop in security incidents

Fortinet's Ong said the FortiGate network security platform at Sin Chew Media delivered a full range of security functionalities, including firewall, IPS, VPN, antivirus, Web filtering, antispam and application control.

"The appliances' latest FortiOS 5.2 operating system, which features 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," she said.  "In addition, FortiOS 5.2 secures and optimises mobile device usage by closely controlling the network, applications and user behaviour."

Ong said that following the deployment of the new FortiGate appliances at its branch offices, Sin Chew Media experienced a 40 percent drop in the number of security incidents, allowing it to run its business confidently and free up scarce IT manpower for strategic tasks. By providing fast, secure and dependable VPN communication between HQ and the branch offices, Fortinet's solutions also improved the company's business efficiency.

"Our FortiGate high performance network security platform has dependably met the business and security needs of enterprises the world over," she said.

"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."

Sin Chew Media's titles include Sin Chew Daily, Guang Ming Daily and various Chinese language magazines, also has 53 news bureaus and six printing plants in Peninsular and East Malaysia.