Abu Dhabi-based French language school strengthens its security infrastructure with Fortinet

Lycée Louis Massignon (LLM), a French-language school in Abu Dhabi, deployed Fortinet’s Security Fabric to improve its security infrastructure.

Approved by the Ministry of National Education, this multilingual school has more than 1,700 pupils from kindergarten to high school.

The school had to comply with its internal education audit team because it stores a significant amount of data ranging from financial information to personal information. To better meet compliance requirements, mitigate the risk of data leaks, and keep students safe on the web, the school opted for Fortinet Security Fabric. This solution combines protection across the entire surface and attack cycles with unified management and orchestration, AI-powered security services, granular control, and centralized compliance capabilities.

FortiGate next-generation firewalls (NGFW) supporting Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) inspection (including TLS1.3), with cloud-delivered FortiGuard built-in web filtering and advanced intrusion prevention (IPS) have also been deployed across the school’s infrastructure, reducing complexity by consolidating multiple point products into a single Security Fabric.

Another part of the solution was the deployment of FortiSwitches, which are managed through the FortiGate NGFW, providing a seamless experience when connecting to wired and wireless networks for students and staff. Finally, FortiAnalyzer provided analytics and automation to provide better detection and response against cyber threats while streamlining Security Operations Center (SOC) operations.

“Right after the implementation was complete, we experienced unified management and ease of use. More generally, we have much more confidence in our security infrastructure. The Fortinet team was very supportive and attentive to understanding our weak points and recommending the best solutions,” said Christope Hammami, IT manager at Lycée Louis Massignon.

“Educational institutions are among the sectors most targeted by cybercriminals, due to several key factors caused by factors such as cost constraints, an overburdened IT team and legacy systems,” said Alain Penel, vice -Regional President – Middle East, Fortinet.

“With technology being one of the most critical components of 21st century education, LLM has taken a step in the right direction to strengthen its security posture as it undergoes a security transformation to protect its students and his teachers against the ever-expanding attacking surface.”

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Sylvester L. Goldfarb