Streamlining Log Management for a Financial Institution in Romania

In today's digital age, financial institutions face numerous challenges in managing and securing their vast network infrastructure. One such challenge is the efficient management of logs generated by multiple Fortinet devices. This case study explores how a financial institution in Romania overcame this challenge by implementing FortiAnalyzer, resulting in improved log investigation, reduced time and effort, and enhanced security.


The financial institution was grappling with the arduous task of log investigation for a large number of Fortigates. The process was time-consuming and required significant effort from the IT team. The sheer volume of logs generated made it difficult to identify critical events promptly, leading to potential security risks. The institution recognized the need for a comprehensive log management solution that could streamline the process and improve efficiency.


To address the log management challenge, the financial institution sought assistance from a trusted technology partner. After careful evaluation, the decision was made to implement FortiAnalyzer, a centralized logging, and reporting solution from Fortinet.

Deployment in a Virtual Environment: FortiAnalyzer was deployed in the client's virtual environment, ensuring seamless integration with their existing infrastructure. This virtual deployment allowed for scalability and flexibility, enabling the financial institution to adapt to future growth and changing needs.

Log Collection and Analysis: FortiAnalyzer was configured to collect logs from each Fortinet device within the client's infrastructure. This centralized approach eliminated the need to manually retrieve logs from individual devices, saving significant time and effort for the IT team. The logs were consolidated and presented in a user-friendly interface, enabling efficient analysis and investigation.

Automated Alerts for Critical Events: To ensure timely response to critical events, FortiAnalyzer was configured to trigger alerts whenever such events occurred. These alerts were sent via email to the designated individuals or teams, allowing them to take immediate action. This proactive approach helped the financial institution mitigate potential security risks promptly.

Scheduled Report Creation: FortiAnalyzer enabled the creation of scheduled reports, providing valuable insights into traffic usage, top destinations, and security events. These reports were generated automatically, eliminating the need for manual data extraction and analysis. The institution could now access comprehensive reports at regular intervals, facilitating informed decision-making and proactive security measures.


The implementation of FortiAnalyzer brought about significant improvements for the financial institution:

Time and Effort Savings: The centralized log management system reduced the time and effort required for log investigation, allowing the IT team to focus on other critical tasks.

Enhanced Security: The automated alerts enabled the institution to promptly identify and address critical events, minimizing the risk of potential security breaches.

Improved Efficiency: The scheduled report creation feature provided valuable insights into network traffic, destinations, and security events. This information empowered the institution to optimize network performance and implement proactive security measures.

Scalability and Flexibility: The virtual deployment of FortiAnalyzer ensured scalability and flexibility, enabling the financial institution to adapt to future growth and changing requirements seamlessly.

By implementing FortiAnalyzer, the financial institution in Romania successfully addressed the log management challenge associated with multiple Fortinet devices. The centralized log collection, automated alerts, and scheduled report creation capabilities provided significant time and effort savings`, enhanced security, and improved efficiency. This case study highlights the importance of leveraging advanced log management solutions to streamline operations and strengthen cybersecurity in the financial sector.

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