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  • 25 August 2015 10:07

Fortinet launches the FortiAP-S series of WLAN solutions to provide the industry's most secure cloud-managed enterprise Wi-Fi

Fortinet's new access points deliver Secure Wi-Fi access with an emphasis on management simplicity and high-performance security for wireless networks and mobile devices

SYDNEY / AUCKLAND, 25 August, 2015 − Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in high-performance cybersecurity solutions, today announced that the FortiAP-S series of cloud-based wireless LAN (WLAN) access points (APs) have been certified for deployment in the ANZ region. Combined with enhancements to its cloud-based FortiCloud management system, the FortiAP-S series APs provide ANZ organisations with a cost-effective, easy-to-manage and secure option for deploying Secure Wi-Fi without compromising security when opting to manage their enterprise WLAN from the cloud.

Fortinet's FortiAP-S series WLAN APs are the most secure cloud-managed enterprise Wi-Fi products on the market today. They feature Fortinet's cybersecurity technology running directly on the FortiAP-S and incorporate the latest security updates from Fortinet's industry-leading FortiGuard Labs Threat Intelligence team.

Game changer “These new access points are game changers,” says Gary Gardiner, A/NZ Director of Engineering & Services for Fortinet. “The FortiAP-S series access points combine the flexibility of cloud management, the latest generation of wireless technology and the proven security of FortiGuard to form a secure wireless architecture for enterprise networks. And best of all, you can manage these APs from a browser-based cloud portal. You can apply mobile-specific security policies and updates such as application control and virus scanning directly to the FortiAP-S to give an extra layer of perimeter defence for BYOD devices.”

These new APs are ideal for the ANZ market. “Now smaller businesses, like retail, branch offices, decentralised government facilities and others, can deploy Secure Wi-Fi to their staff and casual users with confidence,” says Gardiner. “And for larger organisations, the scalability of cloud management makes the solution cost-effective for distributed enterprises that may have dozens (or hundreds) of sites.”

“Organisation can forego separate WLAN controllers without exposing the network to cyber-threats,” continues Gardiner. “Every FortiAP-S series access point is centrally managed through the cloud-based FortiCloud management system. This gives you effortless Wi-Fi network deployment and management while increasing your security, visibility and control. The result is a reduction in overall infrastructure complexity and increased staff productivity.”

Next generation cloud-managed wireless access points Distributed organisations face many challenges as they deploy and manage a wireless LAN solution for their customers and employees. Current enterprise WLAN solutions often require complex architectures to segment guest and internal networks, while demanding extra hardware like separate WLAN controllers and security appliances. While emerging cloud-managed Wi-Fi vendors have helped to reduce the complexity and management issues associated with deploying wireless networks, moving WLAN control into the cloud has introduced security challenges that have yet to be addressed until now.

The most secure wireless LAN solution on the market The FortiAP-S series APs are loaded with advanced security features like intrusion prevention, web filtering, rouge AP detection, antivirus security protection, granular application controls and more, all running directly on the access point. These features are all backed by FortiGuard Labs' industry-leading threat intelligence to ensure each FortiAP-S is protected against the very latest advanced threats, in real-time. This sophisticated level of hardware and software integration is only made possible by Fortinet's expertise and dedication to high-performance security engineering and research.

Supporting Quotes "With the explosion of BYOD in the enterprise, and the subsequent mission-criticality of mobile devices and applications, organisations have struggled to balance the concerns around providing pervasive, easily managed WiFi coverage with WLAN security and compliance," said Nolan Greene, research analyst, IDC Network Infrastructure Group. "Fortinet's new FortiAP-S series of access points integrates the simplicity of cloud-based WLAN management with the cybersecurity protection that Fortinet is known for."

For more information, visit: https://www.fortinet.com/wireless

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About Fortinet Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) protects the most valuable assets of some of the largest enterprise, service provider and government organizations across the globe. The company's fast, secure and global cyber security solutions provide broad, high-performance protection against dynamic security threats while simplifying the IT infrastructure. They are strengthened by the industry's highest level of threat research, intelligence and analytics. Unlike pure-play network security providers, Fortinet can solve organizations' most important security challenges, whether in networked, application or mobile environments - be it virtualized/cloud or physical. More than 210,000 customers worldwide, including some of the largest and most complex organizations, trust Fortinet to protect their brands. Learn more at http://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog or FortiGuard Labs.

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