One of the critical requirements for SD-WAN success is fully integrated security. Without it, SD-WAN becomes just another attack vector.
A secure SD-WAN solution is explicitly designed to interoperate as a single offering, ideally with each element running on the same operating system and managed using a single-pane-of-glass interface. This ensures that transactions are all seen and inspected, and any threats or anomalous behaviors are shared between every solution for maximum protection. As part of such an integrated monitoring system, the networking and connectivity functionalities of an SD-WAN aren’t just more closely associated with the security solutions installed on the platform. They’re the same thing.
Deployment of security piecemeal is also unwise. Because of the dynamic nature and high scalability of SD-WAN, overlay security is not only very expensive to deploy and maintain, but often ends up with delays when reacting to connectivity changes, leaving critical connections and data vulnerable. An integrated system ensures that SD-WAN connectivity, traffic management functions, and advanced security function as a single, holistic solution.
An NGFW, whose key components include intrusion prevention (IPS), web filtering, secure sockets layer (SSL) inspection, and anti-malware, is an example of an integrated solution. Solutions that combine SD-WAN and NGFW capabilities into single offerings satisfy the key requirements for secure SD-WAN—and ensure the safety and reliability of connections and for the organization overall.
As enterprises adopt remote workforce policies, networks grow more distributed. A new networking and security strategy is required that combines network and security functions with WAN capabilities to support the dynamic, secure internet access for a “work from anywhere” global workforce. SD-WAN plays a critical role in the adoption of emerging solutions like Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) and enables flexible and consistent security across all edges.
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Fortinet's Secure SD-WAN solution delivers built-in security plus high-speed networking capabilities, ensuring organizations gain the cloud application access and performance they need along with industry-leading protection that does not compromise speed. The Fortinet Secure SD-WAN solution has been tested and validated by Gartner for high-performance, security, and low TCO. Fortinet's proven ability as a security and network leader makes it a clear choice for a complete SD-WAN solution.
SD-WAN is a software-defined approach to managing the WAN. SD-WAN is used for better security.
SD-WAN allows remote sites to connect more easily to networks, data centers, and/or multiple-clouds with lower latency, better performance, and more reliable connectivity. The traditional WAN (wide-area network) function was to connect users at the branch or campus to applications hosted on servers in the data center.