Verizon Business Expands Worldwide Managed Services with Fortinet Secure SD WAN

Verizon Business has announced the inclusion of Verizon Software Defined Secure Branch with Fortinet Secure SD WAN to its global SD WAN service. The system is meant to provide enterprises with a converged networking and security solution ‘in-a-box’ to protect and connect hybrid and remote workforces.

This security-driven networking solution, which uses Fortinet Secure SD WAN, combining SD WAN, firewall, and sophisticated routing, would offer quality of experience at any scale while enforcing uniform network and security standards.

“IDC predicts that enterprises will commit to providing technical parity to a hybrid workforce, i.e., ensuring secure access to the technical resources needed to conduct their job regardless of their access method,” said Ghassan Abdo, Research VP at IDC. “The Verizon Software Defined Secure Branch based on Fortinet is aligned with this vision.”

Security-Driven Networking Approach

Photo Sampath Sowmyanarayan, Chief Revenue Officer for Verizon Business
“Solutions like Verizon’s Software Defined Secure Branch with Fortinet add those layers of security that help safeguard your employees, your business and ultimately your customers against cyberattacks,” said Sampath Sowmyanarayan, Chief Revenue Officer for Verizon Business.

To allow hybrid WAN and LAN transformation, the networking solution works with a variety of network transports, including MPLS, Internet, Broadband, and Wireless. It would enhance traditional network routing capabilities with SD WAN and integrated security to help secure communications between network endpoints, whether on-premises or in the cloud. It would ensure that organizations are better protected from the increased attack surface introduced by remote and hybrid work. Clients can alter their digital transformation agendas more quickly and easily with this all-in-one solution as their business demands change.

Fortinet is committed to supporting our partners and customers with innovative Secure SD WAN technology based on a security-driven networking approach that tightly integrates an organization’s network infrastructure and security architecture,” said John Maddison, EVP of products and CMO at Fortinet. “By leveraging Fortinet Secure SD WAN, Verizon enables organizations to take a ‘work from anywhere’ approach to their network and security to support remote and hybrid workforces.”

Remote Working Models

Phishing assaults climbed by 11%, while ransomware attacks surged by 6%, according to the Verizon Business 2021 Data Breach Investigations Report, which evaluates 29,207 quality events, of which 5,258 were verified breaches. Furthermore, 85 percent of breaches included a human component, and over 80% of breaches were detected by third parties.

“The quick transition to hybrid and/or remote working models opened new avenues for cyber threat actors,” said Sampath Sowmyanarayan, Chief Revenue Officer for Verizon Business. “Solutions like Verizon’s Software Defined Secure Branch with Fortinet add those layers of security that help safeguard your employees, your business and ultimately your customers against cyberattacks.”

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