: Fortinet bets big on 5G security

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Ahead of MWC 2019, Fortinet has announced an extensive capabilities for securing the path to . With the promise for faster connection speeds, massive connectivity scale, and new revenue opportunities, will have a profound impact on mobility and digital transformation. Fortinet said it will offer advanced security and high-performance systems that deliver carrier class functionality, rapid scalability, deep visibility, and granular control to secure mobile core, edge clouds and IoT infrastructures.

“With 5G, mobile infrastructure’s end-to-end innovation will continue to transform into a platform and catalyst for value creation and service innovation. Throughout this transformation, Fortinet’s proven security architecture and solutions provide advanced security for multiple LTE, LTE-A, and 5G use cases to help secure mobile infrastructures, from radio access network (RAN) to the telco , and offers customers carrier-grade performance and capacity with -grade scalability, visibility, and control,” said Rajesh Maurya, Regional Vice President, India & SAARC, Fortinet.

The advent of 5G will extend a digital connection to almost every facet of our lives. In many of the somewhat futuristic-sounding new use cases, such as autonomous vehicles, AR/VR immersive experiences, smart cities, ultralow latency, bandwidth, and speed, delivery has been the missing puzzle piece. For years now, the mobile interconnection of all these things seemed inevitable, yet the massive density of connections, all with adequate speed, latency and related services, had so far remained unachievable in all but limited proof-of-concept testing.

With 5G and the impending orders-of-magnitude advances in bandwidth, connection and use case possibilities, there is opportunity for end-to-end innovation as the mobile infrastructure is transformed into a platform and a catalyst for value creation and service innovation. More than ever, mobile network providers will become secure business enablers.

For example, service providers will have new revenue generating opportunities in IoT, such as manufacturing automation, industrial telemetry, emergency response systems, robotic surgery, 4K UHD video streaming, and more. However, these innovations will also bring a corresponding increase in the potential havoc wrought by denial of service, advanced threats and other forms of cyberattack on the core network infrastructure itself.

Security is an imperative to protect and operate evolving 4G and new 5G mobile networks. These new service use cases need capabilities beyond a stateful firewall, with capacity and reliability to meet service level agreement (SLA) goals for uptime and quality of experience.

To target this emerging new market, Fortinet said it has strategic security solutions specifically designed to address the unique challenges facing operators as they migrate their core networks to deliver 4.5G and 5G mobile services.

Fortinet said that solutions offers the ability to build a security framework that helps optimize cost of launching and operating new services and revenue opportunities, mitigate advanced threats, and achieve service level goals.

“Lenovo’s strategic technology collaboration with Fortinet – focused on integrating Lenovo’s performance-optimized NFVi platform offering and Fortinet’s unparalleled security protection – delivers an agile, flexible and secure integrated solution to address the evolving needs of Communications Service Providers,” said Charles Ferland, vice president and general manager, Telco at Lenovo Group.

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