Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Fortinet introduces secure SD-WAN for operational technology environments

Cybersecurity firm Fortinet said that the FortiGate Rugged 60F with built-in LTE next-generation firewalls, is now certified to perform in operational technology (OT) environments.

Built for non-environmentally controlled sites, these new ruggedized versions of the FortiGate platform enable the easy deployment of Fortinet’s industry leading Secure SD-WAN solution in locations never before possible for OT organizations in industries such as utilities and energy, manufacturing, and transportation.

Fundamental shifts are occurring in the way operational environments generate and collect data. In industries like manufacturing, power and utilities, oil and gas and other critical infrastructure, their distributed locations have traditionally relied on expensive leased lines or MPLS circuits to provide secure, reliable communications.

SD-WAN has emerged as a modern solution for OT organizations to realize better user experience, simplified management and lower total cost of ownership, but adopting this technology requires a solution that meets the specific needs of OT environments, including space, power, security, and environmental requirements.

To address the unique concerns of OT organizations, Fortinet is releasing the FortiGate Rugged 60F and FortiGate Rugged 60F with built-in LTE, ruggedized versions of the FortiGate 60 series – the fastest, most powerful desktop Secure SD-WAN appliance and best-selling next-generation firewall with over 1.65 million units sold worldwide.

“Operational Technology customers require secure solutions for their digital innovation initiatives. Schneider Electric’s Cybersecurity Services group delivers solutions with technology that best fits our customers’ needs. Partnering with Fortinet enables us to help our OT customers safely deploy SD-WAN with all-in-one secure solutions that reduce operating costs and simplify management,” said Jay Abdallah, VP Cybersecurity Services, Schneider Electric.


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