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Eurosport beefs up network security with Fortinet

Jack Loo | April 8, 2013
Fortinet’s wired and wireless security solutions guard the broadcaster’s network across 17 countries.

Sports broadcaster Eurosport implemented Fortinet's platforms for its network security needs worldwide.

The French-based media company installed Fortinet's FortiGate network security appliances across its network of 1,000 employees across Europe, Middle East and Asia. Eurosport also implemented Fortinet's FortiAP wireless access points to provide secure wi-fi access to its employees.

"We are present in 17 countries but don't have technical resources available in each location. This is why our priority was ease of administration and management. Fortinet was the only vendor to fully meet our requirements thanks to its ability to configure and update the device with a simple USB key," said Thierry Landeau, network and security project manager, Eurosport.

"In order to configure the appliances located in Tokyo for instance, we emailed the setup file and firmware that we wanted to integrate in the devices, and our sales team in the Tokyo agency transferred those files onto a USB stick that they connected to the Fortinet appliance before turning it on. Five minutes later, the FortiGate device was operational," said Landeau.

Due to high bandwidth requirements, three Fortinet clusters were deployed at Eurosport's headquarters in France. The first cluster included two FortiGate-1000C appliances, and the other two clusters consisted of two FortiGate-200B appliances. In addition, 15 FortiGate-80C clusters were deployed in agencies located in: the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Poland, Switzerland, Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, UAE, Japan and Hong Kong. And, to address the bandwidth requirements of the larger offices counting around 50 employees, four FortiGate-110C clusters were deployed in the agencies located in the UK, Germany and Sweden.

With the proliferation and increasing use of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets on its corporate network, Eurosport Group decided to provide secure wireless Internet access to its employees and, in particular, to its sales team, so that they could effectively demonstrate the Eurosport services available on mobile platforms.

"Since Fortinet's FortiGate appliances are equipped with wireless controllers, we decided it made logical sense to choose Fortinet's FortiAP wireless access points in order to standardise on vendors at Eurosport and avoid multiple licences and administration," said Pascal Delorme, system, network and telecoms manager at Eurosport.

"Fortinet's FortiAPs perfectly address our requirements in terms of mobility optimisation as they have allowed us to standardise on wi-fi, that is to say, assign the same name and the same SSID to each user across all agencies. So now, an employee at Eurosport Group who usually connects to wi-fi in the Paris office, can log into any other agency within the group with the same SSID and password," said Nicolas Perrault, network and security engineer at Eurosport.

To date, 23 FortiAP-220B wireless access points have been deployed across the different agencies. The deployment of the FortiGate and FortiAP devices has been happening gradually at the remotes sites since April 2012, and the implementation is now in its final phase. All solutions are remotely managed from the headquarters in France using a FortiManager-100C centralised management system. Reporting is handled through the FortiAnalyzer-400B, which allows Eurosport to securely collect the daily logs from the FortiGate appliances and generate technical reports and statistics on security events.


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