Configure FortiGate and FortiClient (v5.0.2) IPSec VPN for Secure Remote Access to Work Network
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With the number of threats accelerating, secure communications between enterprise networks, businesses and partners, and corporations and mobile workers is now more important than ever. Data breaches, information leaks, and infected networks and systems are costing corporations and government agencies billions of dollars every year.
Fortinet VPN technology allows organizations to establish secure communications and data privacy between multiple networks and hosts using IPSec and secure sockets layer (SSL) VPN protocols. Both VPN services leverage custom FortiASIC™ Network Processors to accelerate encryption and decryption of network traffic. Once the traffic has been decrypted, multiple threat inspections - including antivirus, intrusion prevention, application control, email filtering and web filtering - can be applied and enforced for all content traversing the VPN tunnel.
IPSec VPN tunneling is typically performed at Layer 3, or lower, of the OSI network model. To enable remote access, the FortiGate® establishes encrypted network connectivity between a remote node and the internal network. SSL VPN configurations are easier to setup and deploy as they communicate at the highest levels in the OSI model, independent of the underlying network architecture. Since the SSL protocol is already built into most web browsers as HTTPS, no additional endpoint configuration is typically required. Conveniently, both SSL and IPSec VPN tunnels may operate simultaneously on the same FortiGate device.
Fortinet IPSec and SSL VPN technologies in FortiGate platforms is tightly integrated with other security features such as firewall, antivirus, web filtering, and intrusion prevention, providing more comprehensive protection than VPN-only security appliances. FortiGate VPN solutions scale to meet the performance requirements of organizations of any size, from SOHO/ROBO and small businesses to large enterprises and service providers. FortiManager™ centralized management appliances provide the ability to manage complex VPN deployments involving thousands of FortiGate systems from a single console.
Fortinet has allowed us to bring our network security services in-house rather than spending money for an outsourced vendor to manage the network. A unified security solution works best for us, as we have a relatively small technical team. The FortiGate solution helps us to manage our time, skills and on-going costs more effectively. Because of our Fortinet deployment, we are expecting to save $1.5 million in network security costs over the next three years.