Fortinet’s Security-First Approach to SD-WAN Continues to Gain Momentum
“In today’s threat landscape, security can never be an afterthought in any network deployment. Fortinet’s focused innovations and evolution of best-of-breed SD-WAN with in-built next-generation firewall provides the advanced threat protection necessary for direct internet connectivity. Our philosophy of tightly integrating security and SD-WAN functionality together minimizes management complexity, ensures a safer deployment and helps reduce costs. It’s clearly resonating with customers and we’re seeing rapid adoption of FortiGate Secure SD-WAN.”
Organizations Are Struggling to Secure their SD-WAN Deployments
Fortinet Delivers Truly Secure SD-WAN
Fortinet’s FortiGate Secure SD-WAN solution delivers the functionality provided by pure-play SD-WAN vendors with advanced security built into one single offering. It’s backed by independent testing to deliver excellent quality of experience for voice and video, high VPN throughput and best price/performance. At
Recent Fortinet Secure SD-WAN Highlights from Third-Parties:
- Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure: Fortinet is positioned furthest for completeness of vision in the Challengers quadrant of the first Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure.*
- Most Reviews in Gartner Peer Insights:
Fortinethas the most reviews of all vendors in Gartner Peer Insights for the WAN Edge Infrastructure Market as of 14 Dec. 2018. More information here.
- NSS Labs SD-WAN Recommended Rating: Fortinet was the only vendor with security capabilities to receive an SD-WAN "Recommended" rating in the first NSS Labs Software-Defined Wide Area Networking test report.
Security Best Practices Leveraging FortiGate Secure SD-WAN:
Organizations around the world are choosing Fortinet’s FortiGate Secure SD-WAN; here are four best practices customers have used to adopt a security-first SD-WAN deployment leveraging Fortinet’s solution:
- #1: Enterprise-Grade Security for Direct Internet Access
With increasing bandwidth requirements, many enterprise branches are moving away from MPLS in favor of broadband in order to reduce OPEX spending. This increases the security risk as critical applications are using direct internet access. FortiGate Secure SD-WAN allows customers to use enterprise-class next-generation firewall security to provide complete threat protection and detection along with providing high quality of experience for business intent applications.
- #2: Deep Inspection of Encrypted Traffic to Support Digital Transformation
Enterprises are adopting more SaaS applications to improve operational efficiency. However, with the change in application landscape, encrypted traffic has hit a new all-time threshold of over 72 percent of all network traffic. Hackers are taking advantage of this trend and hiding malware in encrypted traffic. FortiGate Secure SD-WAN is one of the only offerings with a purpose-built processor designed to provide deep SSL inspection with high performance at the WAN Edge to inspect malware traffic while also providing deep visibility into applications.
- #3: Security for SD-
SD-WAN provides the application automation and agility required to simplify network operations, but lacks integration with other branch devices.
Fortinetenables customers to extend SD-WAN to SD- Branchby using Fortinet’s secure access point and switches. Fortinetinnovations continue to provide deep integration between FortiGate, FortiAP and FortiSwitch to allow customers to significantly reduce complexity by deploying unified security, visibility and management across the branch.
- #4: Achieve Compliance with Security Rating Services
FortiGate Secure SD-WAN provides the industry’s first ever security rating services for compliance to allow customers to continually take the pulse of deployed security postures, compare against industry peers and assess their effectiveness in managing the security risks of the enterprise branch with direct internet connectivity.
Customer Validation of Fortinet’s Approach to Secure SD-WAN:
“We have been on a journey to digital transformation using a cloud-first approach for several years. Throughout this journey, as systems have been upgraded or replaced, we’ve transitioned them to the cloud.
“KPR wanted to reduce WAN cost by using an SD-WAN solution, however most solutions out there are expensive and do not provide the NGFW security capabilities we require. We chose Fortinet’s FortiGate Secure SD-WAN over competitors because it provides us with what we feel is the best SD-WAN solution that also provides superior security features in one simple offering. Not only did we significantly lower the WAN cost,
“We wanted a solution that was built into a firewall for ease of deployment and cost savings. After evaluating all of the vendors, we ended up going with
-- Network Engineer in Education Industry (Source: Gartner Peer Insights)
“Excellent solution, very flexible and easy to operate, with Fortigate SD-WAN we could remove our MPLS and simplify our operations worldwide.”
-- Global IT Security Senior in the Services Industry (Source: Gartner Peer Insights)
Partner Validation of Fortinet’s Approach to Secure SD-WAN:
“ePlus provides a broad services portfolio and supports a wide range of SD-WAN use cases to help our customers connect to and secure multi-cloud architectures.
“As a long-standing Fortinet Platinum partner, our goal is to offer the highest level of security and support to our customers. We’re seeing Fortinet’s FortiGate Secure SD-WAN take off because it delivers a unique combination of security, WAN networking, cost savings and single-pane-of-glass management.
- Read our blog: “IT Leaders Are Concerned About SD-WAN Security”
- Read the
Gartnerreport: “Survey Analysis: Address Security and Digital Concerns to Maintain Rapid SD-WAN Growth”
Fortinet'sFortiGate SD-WAN reviews on Gartner Peer Insights in the WAN Edge Infrastructure market.
- Learn more about Fortinet’s FortiGate Secure SD-WAN solution.
- Learn more about
FortiGuard Labsand the FortiGuard Security Services portfolio.
- Learn more about the FortiGuard Security Rating Service, which provides security audits and best practices.
- Sign up for the weekly FortiGuard Threat Intelligence Briefs.
- Read more about our Network Security Expert program,
Network Security Academyprogram or our FortiVets program.
- Read more about the Fortinet Security Fabric or the Third Generation of Network Security.
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