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Wednesday, 26 August 2020 11:40

Fortinet, NEC partner to deliver managed cloud VPN

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Global security vendor Fortinet and NEC Australia have partnered to launch a managed cloud virtual private network (VPN) which they say is aimed at meeting the demands of the modern, distributed workforce.

According to Fortinet, when organisations across Australia had to rapidly provision their workforces to work from home, infrastructure and security gaps created barriers to a seamless transition.

“Many organisations implemented workarounds which are now steadily being replaced with future-proof solutions that strike a balance between facilitating connectivity to mission-critical business systems and securing these systems and corporate networks against cyberbreaches,” Fortinet says.

“Even as some organisations are returning to work in the office, further restrictions or even lockdowns are possible as COVID-19 resurges. The traditional office-based work environment is unlikely to ever become the norm again. Instead, distributed workforces will proliferate. This will let organisations flex to allow people to work from home or in the office as needed and according to social distancing requirements.”

“The distributed workforce model, proven to be successful during COVID-19, may also solve workforce challenges such as skills shortages. Organisations now realise that, with location no longer a factor, they can recruit team members from anywhere in the country or the world, opening access to a far larger talent pool.”

“NEC and Fortinet have partnered to solve these challenges with a dynamic secure remote access service. With optimised VPN performance and enhanced user experience, organisations can deploy the solution using their preferred cloud provider: Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services. The service accommodates low and high volumes of users with flexible service configurations.”

Jon McGettigan, regional director, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, Fortinet, said, “The modern distributed workforce means organisations must provide secure, remote access to mission-critical systems. Access needs to be reliable and deliver a seamless user experience, and security needs to be strong.

“The solution must also be scalable without increasing costs. Fortinet has partnered with NEC to deliver a managed cloud VPN system that meets all of these demands and more. Combining NEC’s proven security capabilities with the robustness of Fortinet FortiGate has resulted in a solution that will deliver exceptional outcomes for our customers.”

“The business environment will never be the same again and it’s important for organisations to seize this opportunity to modernise their workforce and deliver flexible, agile ways of working,” said Nick Route, national cyber security solutions manager, NEC.

“This will help organisations improve productivity and growth, with the ability to scale their environment, enable their workforces, and manage costs effectively.

“Working with Fortinet, NEC has developed a solution that ticks all of these boxes and empowers businesses to embrace a distributed workforce without compromising security and efficiency.”


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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