FortiSASE enhancements help organizations prevent data leaks

Fortinet announced new enhancements to its single-vendor SASE offering. FortiSASE already protects the hybrid workforce via a unified agent and includes SD-WAN integration for the branch.

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SASE for microbranches and IoT/OT devices

FortiSASE now includes expanded integrations within the Fortinet WLAN portfolio to further support organizations securing microbranches and related devices. FortiAP wireless access points intelligently offload traffic from microbranches to a SASE point of presence (POP) for comprehensive security inspection at scale for all devices, including IoT and OT devices.

This integration also means the Fortinet WLAN portfolio can be managed by the same simple, cloud-based management console customers already use for FortiSASE. All of these updates complement Fortinet’s existing support for users at the location and present organizations with a new approach to cloud-based security by extending enterprise-grade protections, such as sandboxing, intrusion prevention system, and URL filtering, to microbranches without additional appliances or services.

Enhanced data loss prevention (DLP) service

As a part of its cloud-delivered security services, FortiSASE includes the FortiGuard powered DLP service to protect sensitive data across the entire hybrid environment. This service now includes a wider range of data identifiers, file types, and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications, as well as advanced data matching techniques to prevent inadvertent data leaks.

By continuously enhancing DLP, Fortinet provides organizations with deep insights into their cloud applications and tools to effectively counter new threats.

End-to-end digital experience monitoring (DEM)

Fortinet’s DEM offering integrates with FortiSASE to provide insights across users, Fortinet global SASE POPs, and the performance of SaaS applications, including WebEx, Office365, and Dropbox, for comprehensive network and SaaS application monitoring.

Additionally, this integration offers endpoint monitoring to deliver end-to-end visibility that empowers IT teams with the information they need to reduce resolution times and ensure a positive user experience.

Backed by FortiGuard AI-Powered Security Services, Fortinet’s SASE solution provides unified security, simplified management, and end-to-end DEM by seamlessly converging cloud-delivered security, including secure web gateway, cloud access security broker, and Firewall-as-a-Service, and networking capabilities via SD-WAN.

It also includes Universal ZTNA for robust secure access to and from the internet, privately hosted applications, and SaaS applications.

“Highly distributed application environments and hybrid work initiatives create significant challenges for organizations trying to provide secure connectivity. The increased complexity and risk of these environments are driving the need for more comprehensive SASE solutions. Fortinet understands these challenges and has responded by adding new capabilities beyond its unified management for SD-WAN and cloud-delivered security. It now offers greater protection to microbranches by integrating with WLAN, as well as adding DEM, and providing enhanced DLP to protect hybrid workers and IoT/OT devices,” said Bob Laliberte, Principal Analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group.

“Fortinet is committed to consistently delivering SASE innovations, which is why more organizations are choosing Fortinet to secure and manage their complex hybrid environments and empower hybrid work. With this news, customers will be able to leverage cloud-delivered security at their microbranches, benefit from enhanced data loss prevention, and measure digital experience end to end,” said John Maddison, CMO and EVP, Product Strategy at Fortinet

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