Protect the Edge With Secure SD-Branch

Protect expanding network edges by converging branch services to deliver security, agility, and performance into a single platform approach

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Secure SD-Branch Facilitates Digital Innovation

Distributed enterprise branches transitioning to a digital business model are having a significant impact on the network. With enterprise users both remote and local directly accessing the internet for cloud and Security-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications, the WAN and access edges are getting more complicated than ever. Moreover, Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices entering the branch network introduce new vulnerabilities for attackers to exploit. It is becoming critical to deploy next-generation security strategies to support this new paradigm.

Fortinet Secure SD-Branch enables customers to converge their security and network access, extending the benefits of the Fortinet Security Fabric to their distributed branches. Secure SD-Branch is comprised of FortiGate Secure SD-WAN, FortiNAC network access control, FortiSwitch, and FortiAP to deliver consolidation of branch services for network edge and device edge protection.

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What Is Secure SD-Branch?

Secure SD-Branch aims to extend the features of Secure SD-WAN to the enterprise branch network. Fortinet Secure SD-WAN technology is integrated with network access to deliver the most secure and manageable remote branch in the industry. To address the explosion of IoT devices, Fortinet Secure SD-Branch further utilizes FortiGate as a network sensor by FortiNAC, enabling administrators to not only discover and secure IoT devices, but to detect anomalies.

Recent surveys have shown that users see a need for WAN solutions that also integrate and offer common management with their internal LAN networking solutions. Additionally, security was the top concern across all respondents.

Secure SD-Branch follows the Fortinet security-driven networking philosophy, powered by FortiLink, which integrates wired and wireless services into the security infrastructure through FortiOS. Key FortiLink benefits include a common management platform and integrated security, enabling Ethernet switch and WLAN interfaces to be controlled with the same level of enforcement as firewall interfaces. FortiLink switch and wireless integration requires no license. It is included as part of the FortiOS running on every FortiGate.

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Key Capabilities


Secure SD-Branch consolidates operations and eliminates silos. Convergence of the WAN, security, and access layer (wired and wireless) consolidates management, reduces risk, and increases agility.

Security to the edge

Fortinet offers the most secure access layer solution in the industry by converging security and network access. All access layer, WAN, and security elements are managed and enforced through a single pane of glass with FortiOS on the FortiGate

IoT control

Fortinet FortiNAC integrates with FortiGate, allowing for auto discovery, classification, and security of IoT devices as they enter the network. This offers increased visibility and anomaly detection without the need for additional equipment to be installed at every site.

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How Can You Benefit from Fortinet?

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Manage risks

Simplified protection and monitoring extend throughout the branch for seamless security.
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Protect brand

Preventing data exfiltration will foster customer confidence and help prevent loss of brand reputation.
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Industry's best TCO

Reduced licensing and support costs, which in turn lower operating expenses and overall total cost of ownership (TCO).