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African Bank Adopts Zero-Trust Access Strategy with New Integrated SD-WAN Security Architecture

“With Fortinet, unlike most of the others, important networking functionality like software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN), as well as a full range of security features, are already supported in the FortiGate Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW). These security features allow us to certify our security posture against banking-specific requirements, such as SWIFT’s Customer Security Programme.”

– CISO, African Bank


Financial institutions in Africa are gradually abandoning a long-established practice of maintaining dual-vendor security architectures; the cost, complexity, and vulnerabilities often exceed the expected benefits. One African bank opted instead for an integrated solution from Fortinet, which secures both its branch-office network and its remote-access communications. Based on a zero-trust access framework, the bank’s new solution is not only boosting threat protection. It is also easing compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and the requirements of the SWIFT interbank network.

Learn how the bank has achieved all this while reducing networking and administrative costs in this case study.

Business Impact


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Increased resistance to attack with more granular zero-trust access control

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Reduced administration time and the cost of site visits through central visibility and control

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Increased application performance and protection through greater traffic segmentation

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Gained ability to properly assess security posture, easing the task of Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance

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Reduced WAN costs by 50% through the replacement of MPLS links

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