The Pioneer and Leader in Housing Finance in India Deploys Fortinet Security Solution in its Quest to Have a Rock Solid Defense Mechanism
Situation Established in 1977, HDFC Ltd. is a pioneer and leader in housing finance in India and has turned the concept of housing finance for the growing middle class in India into a professionally managed, world-class enterprise. HDFC has assisted more than 3.3 million families to own a home of their own, through housing loan approvals of more than Rs. 2.65 trillion. HDFC has a wide network of 271 offices reaching out to 2,400 towns and cities across India and is serviced by a specialist team of trained and experienced professionals. It also has offices in London, Singapore and Dubai and service associates in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia (Al Khobar, Riyadh & Jeddah) to provide housing loan and property advisory services to NRIs and PIOs. Its unrelenting focus on corporate governance, high standards of ethics and clarity of vision, percolate throughout the organization. According to Mr. Nilesh Khot, Manager – IT of HDFC Ltd, the company was looking for a security solution that provided easy manageability, seamless usability and high performance. The company had deployed a firewall for the perimeter security of its network, which comprised of the mail server and intranet. This setup provided packet filtering capabilities to counter the network security threats. As remote access requirements and Internet based attacks grew; the IT department felt the need to deploy an IPSec VPN solution with additional capabilities such as firewall, antivirus and anti-spyware, intrusion prevention system (IPS) and Web filtering capabilities. Solution Having evaluated products from various network security vendors such as Juniper, Fortinet® and Check Point, the IT department mapped the requirements against the available product specifications. Fortinet’s unified threat management (UTM) solution, specifically the FortiGate® product family, proved to be an exact fit to the requirements and provided several additional features which made it a natural choice. After the Fortinet appliances were selected, a pilot project was undertaken for a fortnight. The company was especially pleased with the FortiGate appliances’ multi-threat functionalities and performance. The company deployed a FortiGate-1000A and FortiGate-620B appliance, which were able to provide a complete network security solution. FortiGate appliances can effectively consolidate critical network security solutions into one unified platform thereby reducing complexity of deployment and management. Fortinet’s FortiManager™ and FortiAnalyzer™ appliances provide centralized management and monitoring for the deployed FortiGate appliances. HDFC’s IT department utilizes the multi-functional ability of the FortiGate appliances to secure the network gateway. For instance, the pre-configured IPSec functionality is able to provide remote installation and data transfer to preserve network integrity, consistency and confidentiality from a central management location with FortiManager. Web content filtering and firewalling capabilities are also utilized to enable seamless user experience, traffic monitoring, as well as protect users from entering malicious Websites. HDFC has also turned on the IPS functionality, which provides effective protection from online threats without affecting the throughput performance and can also enable content scanning. In addition, the antivirus functionality is turned on to help block out almost 99% of the virus pool attempting to infiltrate the network.

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