Fortinet – How to help provide your teleworkers with secure remote access to business critical services.

Fortinet is among the top three vendors in worldwide market share for SD-WAN equipment by revenue in Gartner’s Q2 2019 report titled, “Market Share: Enterprise Network Equipment by Market Segment, Worldwide, 2Q19. ” 

What is Secure SD-WAN?

SD-WAN is a software-defined wide-area network architecture. SD-WAN solutions transform an organization’s capabilities by leveraging the corporate WAN as well as multi-cloud connectivity to deliver high-speed application performance at the WAN Edge of branch sites. SD-WAN provides a centralized control mechanism that can determine and route the ideal path for traffic—MPLS, 3G/4G/5G, or broadband—ensuring organizations can quickly and easily access business-critical cloud applications. But SD-WAN solutions don’t provide in-built security which is critical for direct internet access. Secure SD-WAN enables organizations to enable NGFW with SD-WAN in simplified offering. JagFT can help you design and deliver the right secure network services to meet your business needs.

The Fortinet Security Fabric platform enables disparate security devices to work together as an integrated, automated and collaborative solution. The Cloud Security segment provides help to the customers connect securely to and across their cloud environments by offering security through its virtual firewall and other software products in public and private cloud environments. The Endpoint Protection, Internet of Things and Operational Technology segment include the proliferation of Internet of Things (“IoT”) and an Operational Technology (“OT”) device has generated new opportunities for it to grow it business. IoT and OT have created an environment where data move freely between devices across locations, network environments, remote offices, mobile workers and public cloud environments, making the data difficult to consistently track and secure. 

With this in mind, here is how JagFT  can bring Secure Remote Access to your workforce at scale.

Organizations are currently facing losses due to the global health crisis Covid-19. Implementing a business continuity plan is essential to ensuring that the organization is capable of maintaining operations in the face of adversity and preparing for potential disasters. An important consideration for organizations developing a business continuity plan is that the organization may not be capable of sustaining normal operations onsite. The ability to support employees working remotely is essential to ensuring both business continuity and security. JagFT solutions offer an integrated solution to support telework. We have partnered with Fortinet to enable remote workers to connect securely to company networks. With endpoint protection, provided by FortiClient, and multi-factor authentication (MFA) with FortiAuthenticator, organizations can securely support remote work and maintain business continuity.

Here are some facts.

  • Remote work decreases employee unproductive time by an average of 27%. (I)
  • Remote employees work an average of 16.8 more days per year than onsite employees. (II)
  • 85% of employees claim that they reach maximum productivity when working remotely. (III)
  • Allowing remote work increased employee retention in 95% of organizations. (IV)

Not only are JagFT’s Fortinet solutions effective in times of crisis but may also be a potential solution from small business to enterprise in increasing productivity across the board if implemented correctly outside of current circumstances.

So how does it work?

We use FortiGate NGFW to provide IPsec and SSL VPNs integrated to offer an extremely flexible deployment model. Remote workers can either take advantage of a clientless experience or gain access to additional features through a thick client built into the FortiClient endpoint security solution. Power users and super users would benefit from deploying a FortiAP or a FortiGate NGFW for additional capabilities. Fortinet solutions are designed to be easy to use from initial purchase through end of life. FortiGate NGFWs and FortiAP wireless access points include zero-touch deployment functionality. Appliances deployed at remote sites can be pre-configured before they ship, allowing for automatic set up onsite, which ensures business continuity and support for telework. FortiGate NGFWs are available as both physical and virtual appliances and can run in both public and private clouds. The Fortinet Security Fabric takes advantage of a common Fortinet operating system and an open application programming interface (API) environment to create a broad, integrated, and automated security architecture. With the Fortinet Security Fabric, all of an organization’s devices, including those deployed remotely to support telework, can be monitored and managed from a single pane of glass. From a FortiGate NGFW or a FortiManager centralized management platform deployed at the headquarters environment, the security team can achieve full visibility into all connected devices, regardless of their deployment situation.

Beyond offering encryption of data in transit, via a VPN, Fortinet solutions offer a number of other features that can help an organization to secure its remote workforce. These features include:

  • Multifactor authentication. FortiToken and FortiAuthenticator enable dual factor authentication of remote employees.
  • Data loss prevention (DLP). FortiGate and FortiWiFi provide DLP functionality for remote workers, which is essential for teleworking executives with frequent access to sensitive company data.
  • Advanced threat protection. FortiSandbox offers analysis of malware and other suspicious content within a sandboxed environment before it reaches its destination. Secure Remote Access for Your Workforce at Scale
  • Wireless connectivity. FortiAPs provide secure wireless access at remote work locations with full integration and configuration management in a single pane of glass.
  • FortiFone is a secure, voice over IP (VoIP) telephony solution

However not every employee in an organization requires the same level of access to company resources when working remotely. JagFT provides tailored telework solutions for every remote worker. For example, a basic teleworker who only requires access to email, internet, teleconferencing, limited file sharing and function specific capabilities from their remote work site. All that would be needed to be done in this situation is for the worker to connect to the organization using the FortiClient integrated VPN software and verify their identity with multifactor authentication.

For a user who needed a higher level of access to corporate resources i.e. the ability to operate in multiple, parallel IT environments and includes employees such as system administrators, IT support technicians, and emergency personnel a FortiAP access point is able to be deployed at their alternate work site providing custom levels of access and security. FortiAPs can be deployed with zero-touch provisioning (ZTP) and will be managed by the FortiGate NGFWs in the office.

Finally for users who need access to confidential corporate resources even while working from home or away from the office FortiAP can be integrated with a FortiGate NGFW or FortiWiFi appliance for secure wireless connectivity with built-in DLP.

To conclude – If you are needing to implement a new WAN, replace an existing high cost MPLS network, support a dynamic workforce, contact our customer support team at [email protected] to arrange a workshop or demo of Fortinet.

By Caelan De Jager

Technical Systems Administrator

I(https://www.airtasker.com/blog/the-benefits-of-working-from-home/)

II (Ibid)

III(https://www.forbes.com/sites/abdullahimuhammed/2019/05/21/heres-why-remote-workers-are-more-productive-than-in-house-teams/#693a48916f9f)

IV (Ibid)