For many companies, one of the lingering legacies of the pandemic will be the shift to hybrid work models, where people split the workweek between home and the office. However, embracing this new approach to work requires a very different view of enterprise networking and security.

Supporting the shift to hybrid working

It was the achievement of a fast-growing construction equipment dealership that operates in dozens of counties across the southern United States.

Having faced the shift to remote working during the pandemic, the company was looking to support hybrid working for the long haul. However, the company discovered that its legacy approach to network security was ill-suited to the hybrid workplace.

The company used different solutions to secure the traffic generated by on-premises users and those working from home and elsewhere. Not only was this approach complex, but the organization also found that security logging and troubleshooting features for remote workers were lacking.

With its existing solutions being revamped, the company decided to take a different approach and find a complete and simpler secure web gateway approach in the cloud to protect its direct traffic to the Internet for remote workers and to provide a granular web filtering, antivirus and application control. The team was looking for a solution that was easy to integrate and included cloud management capabilities to secure remote workers.

At the same time, the company also wanted to replace its legacy managed network with a software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) solution managed by its own team. The network needed to connect 12 branch offices for site-to-site file sharing, Active Directory replication, and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) as well as virtual private network (VPN) tunnels, content filtering, load balancing and log retention and analysis. .

FortiSASE Secure Access Service Edge

As part of a competitive evaluation, the company invited Fortinet to demonstrate its FortiSASE (Secure Access Service Edge) solution. The demo convinced the company that FortiSASE could deliver the functionality it needed, and Fortinet was hired to partner with the customer in their hybrid workflow.

The FortiSASE solution is a scalable cloud service powered by FortiOS (operating system) and AI-based threat intelligence from FortiGuard Labs. Combining Firewall as a Service (FWaaS), Cloud-delivered Secure Web Gateway (SWG), and Zero-Trust Network Access (ZTNA), FortiSASE protects all remote traffic to the Internet, cloud applications, and network. company business. The company was delighted that this allowed them to not only secure remote users, but also to implement consistent security policies across their corporate network and remote users, a key differentiator with the solution. Fortinet.

Built on Fortinet Secure SD-WAN, FortiSASE replaces the company’s collection of disparate legacy solutions with a single, comprehensive way to centrally provision, view and manage all users of its networks on a per-device basis.

Key customer use cases include advanced threat protection, endpoint protection, detection and response, logging and reporting, and ZTNA. In addition, Fortinet has provided a set of FortiGuard AI web security services, which includes anti-virus and anti-malware protection, to further improve the company’s security posture.

Comprehensive security made simple

With Fortinet Secure SD-WAN in place, the company now manages its own network, giving it the visibility and control it previously lacked. Meanwhile, FortiSASE provides a simple, cloud-focused way to onboard remote users quickly and easily. Rather than having to deal with multiple vendors and solutions, the company can now manage its hybrid work network and security in one place, saving time and effort. Additionally, FortiSASE is highly scalable. Simple tiered licensing based on device count, which is stackable to support more devices as needed, allows the business to easily add more remote workers without needing to modify the infrastructure, helping it achieve its growth ambitions.

One of the first things that attracted the company to FortiSASE was the solution’s intuitive user interface. Beneath this simple management layer is a powerful cloud security system. From secure web access to granular web filtering and application controls to robust VPN capabilities, FortiSASE provided the company with the exact level of protection and monitoring it needed, significantly strengthening its security posture to hybrid working while making troubleshooting easier with simple, cloud-based features. registration.

Along with the solution’s functionality, the company was also impressed with Fortinet’s flexible and collaborative approach to partnering. Fortinet worked closely with the customer to ensure the FortiSASE solution was up and running before the company’s legacy solutions were phased out.

Meanwhile, Fortinet’s cost points turn out to be a significant advantage for the company. Over three years, Fortinet is expected to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) by 50% compared to the old network and security system, largely because it allowed the customer to abandon the managed service model expensive that he had used. previously. The solution also favorably shifts the balance between capital-intensive licensing models and OpEx consumption licensing models.

By opting for FortiSASE, the dealership replaced a disjointed security infrastructure relying on multiple vendor relationships and hardware upgrades with an agile, cloud-centric approach that is constantly up-to-date and leverages the latest threat intelligence to stay on top of security threats. emerge. A company that embraces the future of work does so by leveraging the future of secure remote work.

Learn FortiSASE provides secure Internet access and secure private access for remote workers to enable a zero-trust edge architecture.

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