Blue Connections Galvanizes Network Security for The Dempsey Group

Credit: The Dempsey Group

Melbourne-based IT services provider Blue Connections has revamped the network security posture for interiors retailer The Dempsey Group.

During this seven-month project, Blue Connections deployed Fortinet’s FortiGate next-generation firewall, among a host of other solutions to give the Group more visibility and centralized management of its network security.

The 62-year-old Dempsey Group, which owns the Bed Bath N’ Table and Domestic Textile brands, called on the supplier after discovering that its network router security was dated and reaching end of life (EOL), the leaving them vulnerable. to security vulnerabilities.

Fearing that cyber attackers could target unpatched vulnerabilities, thus gaining access to corporate networks and customer data, the Group asked for help to avoid any risk.

Lui Di Sarno, head of IT operations at The Dempsey Group, said the company brought on Blue Connections because of their existing relationship.

Due to the size of the business, 180 stores in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, it took about three months to establish its networking position.

“Within the Dempsey Group’s aging solution, there were legacy issues, including routers providing basic security, that couldn’t support the required throughput,” said Paul Wilson, network practice lead. , security and communications at Blue Connections. “At the same time, the network was not using the latest firewall security prevention techniques, which could put the business at risk of multiple attacks. ”

Paul Wilson (Blue Connections)Credit: Blue Connections
Paul Wilson (Blue Connections)

Blue Connections decided to leverage its partnership with Fortinet, turning to its FortiGate Next Generation firewall for use in its stores, which took four months to deploy instead of the 12 originally offered.

Additionally, Blue Connections deployed Fortinet’s Unified Threat Protection (UTP) bundled subscription and its FortiEDR for endpoint security.

“Blue Connections is proud of the design and delivery of the project, which was executed in a short timeframe for a project of this size and scope,” Wilson said. “The Dempsey Group is now well positioned for the future with long-proven technology that provides the broad, powerful and automated protection it needs in its environment.”

Tim Fitzgerald, channel manager at Fortinet, said Blue Connections had “exceptionally handled” the project.

“Fortinet has worked closely with Blue Connections to define a repeatable and standardized approach to retail store network infrastructure while ensuring that the network edge is fully secure and simple to co-manage with the internal team at Dempsey,” he added.

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