Founded in 1969, Cegedim is a global provider of technology and data services to healthcare organizations, life sciences companies, healthcare professionals, and insurance companies. The world leader in customer relationship management (CRM) for the life sciences industry, Cegedim supplies services, technological tools, specialized software, data flow management services, and databases. The company is also one of the leading providers of strategic healthcare industry data. Cegedim has 8,000 employees in more than 80 countries.
With its firewall appliances reaching their end of support, Cegedim embarked on a project to renew its enterprise security platform. As the company has grown, so has the network, and Cegedim needed to adapt its firewall architecture to increase performance and provide comprehensive analysis of all traffic. Cegedim sought a solution for deploying large number of core network firewalls with advanced clustering to protect the entire IT infrastructure from external or internal attacks or intrusions. Comprehensive, centralized administration and policy management capabilities were important requirements for the firewall solution.
“Our firewalls today have to scale up and provide greater flexibility in terms of throughput and management. Over the past 10 years we have observed a need to migrate seamlessly to more powerful solutions that can evolve as our needs change.”
— F. Le Guillou, Chief Information Officer, Cegedim
After an extensive two-year evaluation process in which Cegedim tested firewall products from leading security providers, Cegedim chose Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) with IPS capabilities to secure its entire network. In addition to intrusion detection sensors, Forcepoint NGFW provides optimized features for secure Internet connections and centralized management of security policies through the Forcepoint Security Management Center.
“The Stonesoft NGFW provides both security and speed. Additionally, the centralized view that comes with the Forcepoint Security Management Center adds real value to our organization.”
— F. Le Guillou
Cegedim has divided its network architecture into six different platforms or zones, with Forcepoint NGFW deployed initially within the production zone due to the sensitive nature of the data managed at that level. Now, 16 NGFW clusters protect the core network including Cegedim’s central campus in Paris. Eighteen physical and six virtual clusters are deployed at branch sites in Toulouse, Japan, Australia, Belgium, Netherlands and England to protect local hosting services, with 32 additional firewalls protecting other sites. An optical fiber cabling environment is used around the firewalls to manage gigabit speeds.
“For the initial deployment, our primary goal was a smooth transfer to the Forcepoint NGFW without any data loss. Thanks to the expert support we received from the Forcepoint team, the transition was completely seamless.”
— Hassan Hireche
Of the vendors tested, Forcepoint NGFW was the only one to meet Cegedim’s rigorous technical criteria.
“We operate a powerful network with extremely high throughput, so performance was a primary consideration for our new firewall solution. Forcepoint NGFW is the ideal choice because it integrates state-of-the-art security features and robustness, and it also provides significant value for the cost.”
In addition to enhanced security policy, Cegedim has realized a rapid return on its investment in Forcepoint NGFW and a significant reduction in management costs. The Forcepoint support team worked closely with Cegedim’s technical staff to develop a tailored NGFW solution that meets the company’s specific requirements. For instance, Forcepoint NGFW provides the flexibility Cegedim needs to define granular rules that can be customized for different services. In addition, the new NGFW infrastructure has resulted in a significant increase in throughput on the Cegedim LAN – in keeping with the company’s performance requirements.
The Forcepoint Security Management Center gives Cegedim a centralized dashboard for managing the entire global security environment, including activation of IPS features at the company’s APAC and NCSA data centers. Moving forward, Forcepoint will be the priority vendor to support Cegedim subsidiaries as network security requirements arise.
“Its field-proven performance, robustness, and reliability made Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall the natural choice for our project to upgrade firewall security. We saw significant results right at the start that were completely aligned to our needs and the benefits of centralized management are complemented by cost effectiveness. As we continue to expand our infrastructure into the future, we’ll look to Forcepoint as our security vendor of choice.”
Cegedim has relied on Forcepoint security solutions since 2003.