AT&T has announced it is expanding its portfolio of Managed Security Services through its alliance with Fortinet to make Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) a reality for enterprises. AT&T SASE with Fortinet is the first, global managed SASE solution at scale that unifies software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) with essential network security functions of the SASE framework and 24×7 management. The company notes that this powerful combination of people, processes, and technology will help enterprises to enhance security, increase network performance, and reduce complexity and costs.
With digital transformation driving the convergence of networking and security, customers’ networking and security needs are changing due to today’s hyper distributed workforce. AT&T noted that organisations are looking to a solution based on SASE principles to solve these challenges through point product consolidation, identity-based access, and worldwide points of presence to support this shift. With this consolidated approach, enterprises can also help reduce operational costs by moving to a single cloud-delivered solution.
“With the convergence of networking and security, organisations are struggling with managing and protecting applications and data accessing the network,” explained Rupesh Chokshi, VP at AT&T Cybersecurity. “AT&T’s heritage in providing integrated business solutions with managed services, and our best-in-class fiber and 5G connectivity solutions, uniquely position us to deliver on the promise of SASE. The solution will provide visibility and management for a more resilient network, making it safer for businesses to adapt and innovate.”
As the largest SD-WAN Managed Service Provider in North America, and one of the world’s largest Managed Security Services Providers (MSSPs), AT&T has a unique understanding of what businesses need as they modernise and transform their networks, including the importance of security being a critical component of any business initiative. The inclusion of around-the-clock management helps relieve the burden of deployment and day-to-day support, with Security Operations Center (SOC) analysts acting as an extension to a business’ network and security teams.
AT&T SASE with Fortinet also integrates with AT&T Alien Labs™ Threat Intelligence platform, enabling and unlocking multiple response actions, which provide SOC analysts visibility into network security, allowing them to respond to alarms effectively and efficiently.
John Maddison, CMO and EVP of products at Fortinet, said: “Bringing Fortinet’s SD-WAN and SASE products and capabilities together with AT&T Cybersecurity’s trusted advisors managing SOC operations will provide the multi-layered, scalable network security solution organisations need to embrace SASE. With AT&T SASE with Fortinet, we’re enabling the dynamic needs of today’s distributed workforce to deliver security-driven networking at every edge.”