Spice Telecom Spices Up Its Network Security

by Sohini Bagchi    Apr 19, 2006

Telecom providers are increasingly looking out for network security solutions to meet their critical and diverse security requirements. Spice Telecom has recently deployed Fortinet’s FortiGateT-300A, a Unified Threat Management (UTM) system.

S.S. Deshmukh, IT-Head, Spice Telecom said, “We deployed Fortinet’s UTM system in February this year and in a month’s time we’ve noticed dramatic improvements in the integrity and flexibility of Spice Telecom’s network security infrastructure,” he informed.

On the various reasons for deploying the new solution, he told that managing and maintaining a mixed bag of point security products from numerous vendors was becoming a big challenge. This was compounded every time a computer was added to the network. Moreover, with growing complexities in the network, it became increasingly difficult to keep virus and spam signatures up-to-date and to effectively enforce security policies.

“Hence, we wanted to go for a solution that would be easy to manage, develop with the network as necessary and ensure up to date security updates to virus and spam signatures,” added Deshmukh.

About Fortinet’s system, he remarked, “We were looking for a solution that would support high availability and load balancing operations to eliminate any possibility of a single point of failure. After evaluating solutions from several vendors, we deployed two FortiGate-300A systems in a HA configuration to provide comprehensive, non-stop multi-threat security. Moreover, Fortinet’s functional range of security services are ICSA certified.”

FortiGate-300A systems provide the performance, flexibility, and security necessary to protect enterprise networks. It’s advanced user-definable 10/100 ports can be assigned to provide redundant WAN links, high availability, and multi-zone capabilities, allowing administrators to segment their network into zones and create policies to control network traffic between zones. Another advantage is that FortiGate-300A systems continuously update and ensure protection against the latest viruses, worms, Trojans, and other threats.

About the deployment, Deshmukh said, “The deployment of the FortiGate-300A platforms has not only resulted in flexibility of our network security infrastructure, but also increased efficiency within the IT workforce.”

With more than 1.5 million subscribers in Punjab and Karnataka, the company is optimist about its migration to the next generation security infrastructure. Deshmukh feels that this new initiative has simplified the various network complexities faced by today’s enterprises.