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Options deploys Fortinet to enhance email and network security

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Options, a managed service and IT infrastructure provider to the global capital markets industry, has selected Fortinet to optimise key aspects of the firm’s email and network security, and enable enhanced cybersecurity capabilities for client firms. 

The deal has seen Options deploy Fortinet’s end-to-end, next generation firewall solution known as FortiGate and industry leading, email security platform, FortiMail, to heighten protection against spam, malware and other message-borne threats.

Fortinet‘s solutions, which protect the most valuable assets of some of the largest enterprise, service provider and government organizations across the globe, have been deployed right across Options’ suite of managed infrastructure products to further enhance the capabilities of the IaaS provider’s integrated cybersecurity measures.

Fortinet’s FortiGate and FortiMail were selected by Options as they ensure an integrated, highly automated, and intelligent security solution that can handle the high levels of performance demanded by the firm’s clients. FortiGate will enhance security capabilities across Options most demanding, performance-sensitive locations, such as internet-facing services, as well as its non-datacenter projects, including VPN-enabled home networks, web-filtering and WiFi integration. It will also reduce latency and risk of data breaches, while enhancing control and visibility over all network security capabilities. FortiMail, a proven email security platform purpose-built for the most demanding messaging systems for protection against spam, malware and other message-borne threats, will protect against email-based inbound attacks, outbound threats and data loss.
  
Araldo Menegon, Global Managing Director, Financial Services, Fortinet, says: “Network security for financial services organisations is by default more complex, given the regulatory and compliance mandates, not to mention the high monetary and reputational cost of a breach. In many cases, financial services networks have been deemed critical infrastructure by national governments, putting even more pressure on their security posture. These organisations require a high performance Security Fabric that can span across their infrastructure and automatically scale with rapid transactions and evolving requirements. Options turned to Fortinet because they needed proven protection combined with the performance and scale necessary to support the enhanced functionality that it provides through its cloud services.”

John Bryant (pictured), Chief Technology Officer for Options, adds: “Part of what sets Options apart from the competition is our ability to blend security, compliance and engineering best practices with the latest advances in cloud and mobile technology. We needed a solution that could provide exemplary protection combined with the speed and throughput necessary to transparently support the functionality we were planning, and Fortinet delivered. The addition of Fortinet products to Options’ IaaS solutions gives us the security, control and performance that we need to stay ahead of the competition.”

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