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Streamlining Network Management for a Financial Institution in Romania

In today's digital age, financial institutions heavily rely on their network infrastructure to provide seamless and secure services to their customers. However, managing a large number of network devices can be a daunting task, leading to inefficiencies, errors, and security vulnerabilities. This case study explores how a financial institution in Romania overcame these challenges by implementing FortiManager, a centralized network management solution.


The financial institution was struggling with the management of over 60 FortiGate devices spread across multiple branches. Without a centralized management system, routine tasks such as configuration changes and firmware upgrades were time-consuming, labor-intensive, and prone to errors. The lack of a standardized configuration across all branches also posed a security risk.


To address these challenges, the financial institution sought assistance from a trusted IT partner to implement FortiManager. The solution involved deploying FortiManager in the client's virtual environment and configuring it to manage all the FortiGate devices from a single pane of glass.

Standardized Configuration: FortiManager was configured to deploy templates for the initial configuration of each FortiGate branch. This ensured that all branches followed the same set of policies and security configurations, eliminating inconsistencies and reducing the risk of security breaches. Any changes made to the templates were automatically applied to all devices, saving time and effort.

Centralized Backup and Revision Control: FortiManager implemented a robust backup mechanism for all FortiGate devices. Each site's configuration was backed up in a revision scheme, allowing the financial institution to easily roll back to a previous configuration if needed. This provided an additional layer of security and ensured business continuity in case of any configuration errors or failures.

Streamlined Firmware Upgrades: FortiManager simplified the process of deploying firmware upgrades to the branch devices. Instead of manually upgrading each device, the financial institution could now centrally manage and schedule firmware upgrades through FortiManager. This not only saved time and effort but also ensured that all devices were running the latest firmware, reducing the risk of vulnerabilities.


The implementation of FortiManager brought significant improvements to the financial institution's network management capabilities. The key benefits achieved were:

Time and Effort Savings: With FortiManager, repetitive tasks such as configuration changes and firmware upgrades were streamlined, saving valuable time and effort for the IT team. This allowed them to focus on more strategic initiatives and improve overall operational efficiency.

Enhanced Security: By enforcing standardized configurations and ensuring the latest firmware updates, FortiManager significantly improved the security posture of the financial institution. The risk of security breaches and vulnerabilities was minimized, protecting sensitive customer data and maintaining regulatory compliance.

Reduced Errors: The centralized management provided by FortiManager eliminated manual errors that were common during configuration changes or upgrades. The standardized templates and revision control mechanism ensured consistency and accuracy across all branch devices, reducing the risk of network disruptions.

By implementing FortiManager, the financial institution in Romania successfully addressed the challenges associated with managing a large number of FortiGate devices. The centralized management, standardized configurations, and streamlined firmware upgrades provided significant time and effort savings, enhanced security, and reduced errors. With FortiManager in place, the financial institution can now focus on delivering exceptional services to its customers while ensuring a robust and secure network infrastructure.