Dainik Jagran, the flagship newspaper brand of Jagran Prakashan Ltd. (JPL) since 1942, covers 11 states of India. The prominent titles for India’s leading media and communications group include the world’s most widely read daily, India’s number one compact daily, India’s number one afternoon daily, and India’s number one Urdu daily.
With interests across newspapers, outdoor, Internet, and magazines - the company has been on an aggressive expansion route for past couple of years. The offerings by JPL have extended across new-age media platforms including BTL marketing solutions and Mobile Value Added Services.
More than 10,000 employees and users – internal and external – were continuously accessing, contributing and consuming content. And security was becoming a paramount issue for the IT team at JPL.
In today’s dynamic media world, where consumers have an unprecedented array of choices, the vast network of JPL, with 40 branches across India, needed to be connected securely with each other and the outside world.
At the beginning of 2013, JPL management acquired four publication titles in newspapers, magazines and digital media that led to added business operations, increased digital assets and a larger workforce. This called for a complete, comprehensive and scalable overhaul of the company’s IT program. “The modern demands for an application control feature on security appliances over an extended network and a larger workforce called for a complete revamp of IT infrastructure,” said Vikas Thakur, Chief Manager Network, Jagran Prakashan.
With security on all the layers under constant risk due to the evolving threat landscape, achieving great application-level security was the key challenge for Thakur’s team at JPL. “The earlier firewall with layer-3 protection did not deliver application-level security control at an affordable cost and our team experienced great difficulty with the optimal use of bandwidth,” he said.
JPL began exploring several available solutions in the marketplace. Coincidentally, their installed WatchGuard 10 e-Series was reaching its end-of-sale period at the same time that JPL was revamping its security posture in 2013.
“To overcome this immediate challenge, we needed a scalable and best-of-breed solution to secure the infrastructure. The application-based bandwidth control feature and excellent reporting modules of WatchGuard were selected as key in the IT revamp,” said Thakur.
A group of WatchGuard’s XTM 5 Series were deployed at the head office of JPL at Kanpur with three sets of networks set up logically – mail set up, internal users on internet and website hosted. The head office and branch office were on MPLS while other users accessed the main office through the UTM installed across branch offices.
JPL has been a WatchGuard customer for five years due to the products’ all-around gateway-level security features at an affordable price point. “Quick deployment has always been the jewel of all the features in WatchGuard XTM. It helped achieve ROI in record time with increased staff productivity and better bandwidth management,” said Thakur.
JPL witnessed significant benefits after the WatchGuard appliances were deployed across the network. “We could accomplish optimal usage of bandwidth resulting in quick transmission of prioritized information like IP telephony and emails,” said Thakur.
There were savings of at least 30 percent of annual recurring cost by minimizing the attention on desktop-level AV maintenance. JPL did not have to purchase additional bandwidth as major business applications ran efficiently within the available bandwidth. They could reduce their investment on manpower and bandwidth by approximately 30 to 35 percent after WatchGuard XTM was deployed last year, according to Thakur.
JPL has not faced any gateway level vulnerability challenges for the past 18 months. In fact, the breaches have decreased by more than 20 percent as the security posture across the main office and 40 branch offices is now much more robust.
JPL has benefited by subscribing to WatchGuard’s LiveSecurity® Service that enables the customer to access updates and enhancements including new software versions throughout the supported life of the product.
Versatile Infosecurity as an implementation partner has been successfully deploying security solutions at JPL for the past five years. The solution provider company executed the project in a highly professional manner in pre- and post-sale through a highly technically qualified team.
A WSP (WatchGuard Secure Partner), Delhi based Versatile Infosecurity ensured the salient features of WatchGuard XTM were clearly communicated to JPL to help them realize the business benefits of the solution.