Mahesh Bank deploys Fortinet network security platform, dumping Cisco, Check Point and Juniper

The A.P. Mahesh Co-operative Urban Bank (Mahesh Bank) has deployed Fortinet FortiGate network security platform and FortiAnalyzer centralized reporting appliances to secure its data center and network of 39 branches.

Security vendors such as Cisco, Check Point and Juniper were also in the race.

The deployment of Fortinet network security platform will enable Mahesh Bank, which has presence in three states across India, with 39 branches nation-wide, and a turnover of over Rs 2200 crore, to comply with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) mandates.

The security platform will enable the bank needed to deploy a resilient security architecture to protect its network and implement centralized control over its branches’ Internet and application usage, said Fortinet.

“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,” said  Milind Rajhans, assistant general manager IT & CISO at Mahesh Bank.

As per the enterprise network security deal, Mahesh Bank’s 39 branches have deployed FortiGate-40C appliance to extend edge security, providing secure network access via VPN.

Fortinet said they serve as routers to connect the branches to the Internet via MPLS. Using a centralized network security policy, the head office now has complete control of the Internet and application usage as well as transactions conducted at every branch.

The FortiGate-40C appliances at the branches are equipped with 3G connectivity. In case the main internet connectivity fails, there will be an automatic dialup using the 3G connection. This 3G connectivity feature was not available in competitive products, said Fortinet.

The two FortiGate-300C appliances deployed at Mahesh Bank’s datacenter have a virtualized framework with different security policies for Internet and Intranet users.