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Fortinet ZTNA

Remote Users Switch From VPNs to ZTNA for Easier and More Secure Application Access

“For a big company with a complex network infrastructure, the reduction in firewall-based policy management with ZTNA is going to be very noticeable.”

– Sean Zhang, Senior Software Engineer, Fortinet


Virtual private networks (VPNs) have become the common solution for securing remote work. But with a surge in remote and hybrid work routines, and VPN usage alike, it has created new challenges for large global companies like Fortinet. Among them, seamless access to internal web applications and bottlenecks at the VPN gateway on the enterprise side.

To confront this challenge, the Fortinet IT team reframed the way it approached application access. They would allow the creation of a secure tunnel for each particular application only for authorized users on verified secure endpoint devices—a zero-trust network access (ZTNA) approach as applied to applications. The transition was easy. The Fortinet ZTNA solution is a no-added-cost feature available for all organizations that have both FortiClient endpoint protection and FortiGate Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFWs). As part of the Fortinet Security Fabric, FortiToken and FortiAuthenticator offer easy two-factor authentication. The solution also provides for dual-access options, easing the transition between VPN and ZTNA access. Most importantly, with ZTNA the business benefits from IT staff time saved in managing access policies, increased user productivity by way of eliminating slower VPN logins, and improved security especially as users change roles in the company.

Learn how an enterprise like Fortinet makes a smooth transition to ZTNA in this case study.

Business Impact


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Improved security by adopting zero-trust approach to application access

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Days of IT staff time saved in managing access policies

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Increased user productivity by eliminating need to set up VPN tunnels


Ability to scale services to the home-based workforce through more efficient bandwidth use

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