Security at the perimeter of the network is of utmost importance in today’s threat landscape. First United Methodist Church at Chula Vista (FUMCCV) engaged Evocative to upgrade their existing firewall with a next-generation FortiGate 60E firewall. In addition to this upgrade, Evocative also provided a Managed Firewall service to manage, audit, and monitor the firewall 24×7, as well as a Wireless Site Survey of the church, school, and administrative office.
A thorough assessment of the business needs of FUMCCV was conducted before deploying the new FortiGate firewall. Several security improvements were made by installing the FortiGate at the edge of the network. The benefits of these improvements include:
SSL certificate inspection
Security event analysis, maintenance, patching, and firewall reporting are routinely conducted by Evocative, including:
A wireless site survey was conducted to assess the current state of FUMCCV’s wireless network and make recommendations for improvement. Before the survey, the church’s floor plans were reviewed to understand their current needs, i.e. areas of coverage, use cases, high priority areas, etc. Detailed and scaled floor plans are critical to the success of any site survey. Fortunately, FUMCCV had original blueprints on-site, which were imported into the survey project. Mission-critical coverage areas for Wi-Fi were identified, as well as areas where connectivity was lacking. The high priority areas included the church business offices, fellowship hall, and sanctuary. Staff members in the preschool reported poor Wi-Fi performance in the teacher’s lounge, which was noted for later analysis.
The site survey was conducted using Ekahau Pro and Ekahau Sidekick. Ekahau provides industry-standard tools for performing wireless site surveys. All required coverage areas were surveyed, and photos of the current access point locations were taken. The survey data was verified before leaving the site. The data was analyzed off-site and the results were collected in a detailed report.
The survey data revealed inadequate coverage to meet FUMCCV’s requirements. For critical areas, like the church office building, additional access points were recommended to cover the entire floor. High client density areas, such as the sanctuary and fellowship hall, would also require additional access points to provide Wi-Fi service to large numbers of clients and guests.
Evocative also recommended that existing access points that were mounted horizontally on the wall should be re-mounted on the ceiling for optimal performance.
By deploying the next-generation FortiGate firewall, FUMCCV has taken a crucial step in the right direction. With Evocative diligently monitoring the firewall, FUMCCV can meet the demanding security needs of current and future cybersecurity threats while experiencing improved network connectivity. “I have been extremely impressed with the knowledge, flexibility, patience, and professionalism of all members of Evocative that I have come into contact with. I look forward to working with Evocative in the future regarding the phases of our network management, and I would highly recommend Evocative to any organization seeking similar technical expertise and support,” stated Brian Cox, FUMCCV’s Office Manager.