Sin Chew Media Improves Business Efficiency and Resiliency with Fortinet

September 12, 2014 (Fri): Fortinet, a world leader in high-performance network security has announced that Sin Chew Media Corporation Berhad, the country’s largest Chinese language publisher, has deployed Fortinet’s FortiGate network security platform to protect its network against growing online threats, improve business continuity and enable bring-your-own-device (BYOD) among its staff. Sin Chew Media chose Fortinet’s solutions for their comprehensive security feature set, ease of configuration and management, and cost effectiveness.

Sin Chew Media is one of Malaysia’s most established publishers, owning titles like its flagship Sin Chew Daily − the largest-selling Chinese language newspaper outside Greater China − Guang Ming Daily and various Chinese language magazines. Sin Chew Media has 53 news bureaus and six printing plants in Peninsular and East Malaysia.

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.

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

“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 of 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 − ensure service availability of critical business systems, safeguard business continuity and prevent data theft. On a daily operations level, the appliances’ abilities to intelligently analyse traffic and facilitate quick response through their Dynamic DNS and RBL features were especially important.”

With the FortiGate network security platform, Sin Chew Media benefits from 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. 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 percent drop in the number of security incidents, enabling 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.

Michelle Ong, Fortinet’s Country Manager for Malaysia, said: “Our FortiGate high performance network security platform has dependably met the business and security needs of enterprises the world over. 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.”

Author: VSDaily Editor

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