We’ve all heard about the growing proliferation of IoT devices. They are a critical component of the new digital economy, collecting and sharing information about a myriad of things - from smart appliances, irrigation systems, and shipping containers, to wireless energy meters, and mobile healthcare devices. The information they collect allows for more efficient inventory and manufacturing management, and can be mined for competitive advantages for everything like knowing that you need to immediately produce more green, left-handed widgets, or that a shipment of soybeans is coming into port and local pharmacies ought to stock up on your allergy nebulizers.
Of course, IoT introduces a number of critical challenges as well, not the least of which are, “how do we connect and manage so many devices?” and “how do we secure so many devices and so much traffic?”
Because most IoT devices are mobile, they tend to connect to the network via wireless access points. Since IoT wasn’t on the horizon when most wireless solutions were deployed, the growing volume of IoT and user devices is now overwhelming these access points. In addition, because most IoT devices do not have security installed, the need to apply security inspection and monitoring is creating a bottleneck.
The best strategy for IoT security is through the Secure Access. Which is why Fortinet has just announced the launch of our new FortiAP-U series of universal wireless access points, designed to provide organizations with the most flexible, enterprise-grade wireless solution on the market.
This new series of wireless access points provide the following essential solutions required to implement, manage, and grow a robust IoT-based access infrastructure:
1. Unlock IoT Access and Performance Demands
IT teams face severe challenges scaling their wireless edge to meet rising access demands. Fortinet’s new FortiAP-U universal access points have been designed to meet the wireless needs of the largest enterprises, with maximized bandwidth and device capacity. Multi-gigabit throughput and increased simultaneous connections allows them to support even the densest wireless requirements.
2. Protect IoT with the Fortinet Security Fabric
Since most IoT devices can’t run a security client, or even be patched, security needs to be applied at the point of access. The new FortiAP-U series wireless access points integrate advanced Security Fabric intelligence and protections directly into the wireless infrastructure. This enables:
3. Simplify Management
However to make this all happen efficiently we need to automate security and access operations. The FortiAP-U series can automatically detect different types of controllers and management tools, and automatically connect to those deemed to be most suitable. This allows organizations to quickly deploy high-performance, high-capacity wireless access points on demand, without worrying about back-end compatibility, so they can focus on coverage and security, rather than on setting up a complex access infrastructure.
The new FortiAP-U series of wireless access points provide real time security inspection, unlock advanced internal segmentation strategies that are critical to defend against IoT threats, and allow devices to share threat intelligence across the Security Fabric in order to better monitor and respond to compromised devices or malicious traffic - anywhere across the distributed and mobile network. And it does this while maintaining the industry leading performance, capacity, and flexibility today’s IoT networks demand.