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As organizations look to enable their remote branches and locations with all of the power and potential of digital transformation, they are finding that they need to rethink their entire WAN strategy. For many, the first step has been to replace aging WAN connections with SD-WAN in order to provide robust applications, such as unified communications, better enable interconnectivity between different branch offices, and extend security to the edge of the branch.
However, this still leaves the branch office itself—usually without onsite IT staff—needing to come up to speed with the rest of the network. However, today’s next-gen branch offices not only require the same functionality, they also suffer from the same risks as the rest of the distributed network. Direct access to the internet and SaaS applications, for example, significantly expand the potential attack surface of the branch, as does the growing proliferation of IoT and BYOD devices, creating multiple network edges beyond the WAN edge.
This explosion of edges, which all must be secured, is causing many organizations to struggle to implement adequate security throughout their distributed enterprises, including at the new branch. The complexity of managing these edges – including often complicated and overlapping point products and appliances — adds an additional challenge. As a result, organizations adopting SD-WAN are finding that they need to find a vendor that can more tightly integrate their SD-WAN security and management functionality into their branch networks.
To combat this challenge, Fortinet is delivering the industry’s first complete Secure SD-Branch solution, enabling customer to converge security and network access and extend the Fortinet Security Fabric to the branch. This new SD-Branch solution is comprised of the following elements:
This integrated solution set secures the WAN edge in two key areas:
Digital Transformation is driving an evolution at the enterprise branch. As services migrate to the cloud, more network edges are created, even at the branch. These additional network entry points expand the potential attack surface, making security an even greater concern.
Fortinet Secure SD-WAN offers simplicity, visibility, and industry leading security to improve the WAN experience for branch users. Fortinet Secure SD-Branch is the essential extension of SD-WAN by simplifying the enterprise branch through enhanced management and visibility, while securing the branch network, IoT and end user devices, and all direct Internet connection edges.
Find out how to consolidate branch services, while delivering security, agility, and performance with Fortinet’s Security Fabric. Read more about Fortinet's Secure SD-Branch solution in the news release.