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Furniture Manufacturer Protects Data On-premises and in the Cloud

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 Furniture Manufacturer Protects Data On-premises and in the Cloud - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy - Cloud Security
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy - Database Security
Applicable Functions
  • Maintenance
Use Cases
  • Cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity Services
The Challenge

The company has deployed Fortinet FortiGate next-generation firewalls (NGFWs) to secure its perimeter and for end-to-end protection. FortiAuthenticator provides Steelcase with centralized user identity management and simplified administration for authentication. FortiAnalyzer delivers a consolidated view and comprehensive reporting across all Fortinet devices in the widespread Steelcase environment. A cloud-based spam filtering service was recently replaced with the Fortinet FortiMail secure email gateway to provide powerful multivector detection and protection capabilities.

The Customer
About The Customer

Steelcase is a renowned manufacturer of office furniture. Founded in 1912, the company focuses on user-based research and design to create spaces for the world’s leading organizations. Recently, Steelcase introduced Workplace Advisor and Personal Assistant, a space sensing network and mobile app created to help organizations harness big data to optimize the workplace.

A continuation of the company’s human-centered design focus, the solutions equip organizations with the tools and data they need to use real estate effectively and allow employees to have more productive days at work. Steelcase operates globally and distributes through a network of independent and company-owned dealers, as well as selling directly to end-users.

The Solution

Steelcase had been a long-time Fortinet customer for its internal systems. 

FortiAP access points and FortiSwitch secure access switches are deployed at multiple locations across the company. FortiClient instances are leveraged to provide real-time actionable visibility across key areas of the infrastructure. Supplemental monitoring, management, and provisioning for many of Steelcase’s extensive number of Fortinet appliances are achieved with the highly flexible FortiGate VM solution.

As the company began ramping up its use of Azure, it was a logical move to leverage the broad portfolio of Fortinet cloud-related solutions. Developers at Steelcase gain access to the Azure environment by using VPN tunnels established between on-premises FortiGate devices and a combination of the Fortinet FortiGate VM for Azure and FortiWeb VM web application firewalls (WAF) hosted in the cloud.


Operational Impact
  • [Data Management - Cyber Security]
    • Unified cross-domain protection— on-premises and in multiple cloud service platforms.
    • Addressed security and visibility gaps in other services.

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