Fortinet Wireless Benefits

Rick Williams
Network Engineer at a university with 201-500 employees
One of the big reasons that we kept moving in the Fortinet direction, expanding the Fabric, is that we wanted to tighten security from within our network. The students like to play a lot and we had to protect from the inside, as well as the outside. As people know, the users are becoming more and more of a threat. Having the single pane of glass, by using the Fortinet Security Fabric, allows us to tighten security, and more easily and quickly create additional VLANs to help protect data. Rules in the firewall mean we can protect data and systems so that, should anything go wrong, any security issue is held to an individual device. Since using the product - and we have security issues like everybody does, all the time - with the Fortinet Security Fabric all the way to the endpoint, we've been able to make sure the security threat is isolated to that device. The FortiClient usually quarantines it and that saves tons of time. Before, when we would have a security breach, we would have to go to a different system and check and trace it. Now, when there's a security breach of any kind, it gets quarantined quickly. And because of the interaction of the Fabric, we're able to see exactly how it was quarantined, and it saves us an incredible amount of time, in reacting to those security issues. View full review »
Panduka Samarasinghe Cissp
Security Pre-Sales Engineer - Southern Reigion at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Nowadays, the biggest problem in modern networks is that you have one vendor for wireless and you have another vendor for your SIEM, another vendor for firewall, and an entirely different vendor doing anti-virus. The problem here is that if somebody were to infiltrate your network, you would have to pull information from all these different products. It goes without saying that these different vendors' products don't talk to each other. That means you would have to manually correlate all this information. With the faster threats that we have today, by the time you correlate anything and then come to a conclusion, the damage is already done. But with the Security Fabric, all these products - let's say you have Fortinet Wireless and you have FortiGate as your firewall and on the endpoints you run FortiClient - they talk to each other, and you have 100 percent visibility across the entire network. If somebody, for example, from the accounting department brought in a USB that they picked up on the road and plugged into their computer, and it had a virus or a botnet, since you have visibility across the entire network, the IT manager would be able to clearly see this and take action. But for most people, since their anti-virus is just one of their products, it's not going to inform the firewall or the switch or the WiFi that it has a problem. It's only going to be the anti-virus that will, hopefully, will catch it. If it doesn't catch it, that virus or problem can spread throughout the network without anybody noticing. The two main points of the Security Fabric are the visibility and knowledge-sharing. Given that we have the Security Fabric properly implemented in the network and we have a FortiSandbox in place, if a Zero-day attack comes into your network, nobody will be the wiser. But your computer's anti-virus detects it as a suspicious file. It will load it up into the sandbox and the sandbox will run that program and give a red light when it realizes that it's a bad program. Since most of the products in the Security Fabric can talk to the sandbox, the sandbox will let every other point in the network know that it was a bad file. So from one of those files being uploaded into the sandbox, the entire network security infrastructure will have a new signature for that Zero-day, which doesn't happen in any other cases. View full review »
Antonio Acevedo Boguer
User
We show how we can bring many positive results to different businesses. We merge with the customers' bring-your-own-device solutions. It's easy to manage the WiFi, the customer does not need to buy more equipment, like tablets, for their employees. They can reuse equipment. And employees are definitely comfortable using their own devices and, from the IT and security perspectives, we are bringing security to these employees, with our solution. We innovate the business process. We innovate how employees work in their companies. Also, in the case of stores, we are bringing new results and new income. We help them to grow their sales. Their customers like to go to their stores because they can access the information they need. They can connect to the wireless LAN, they can compare prices. We are making the business process faster and more secure, and customers like that. They can engage with the retail store. Using this technology, the stores' loyalty programs are growing because, when customers go into the stores, they can connect with the loyalty programs to receive discounts and special items. This makes their customers more loyal to the stores, who are our customers. We have some international retail customers, such as H&M, from Sweden, and another one from the U.S. and, in both cases, monthly sales have increased about ten to 15 percent. In these cases, income was one of the benefits that they received in the quarter after we installed the solution. The results were very quick. In addition, we make the business process, the internal process of distribution and logistics, more efficient and connected. We're reporting, online, how they are distributing all the items to the different stores. And the inventory is connected to the wireless LAN solutions, so they know, online and in a centralized way, what the inventory levels are in the different stores. View full review »
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SnrNetEng237
Senior Network Engineer at a K-12 educational company or school with 10,001+ employees
Being able to leverage Virtual Cell in our environment has been a major advantage. Creating small cells of APs using Single Channel Architecture has improved roaming of our more mobile clients and provided stable and fast network connections to our stationary clients. View full review »
SrDirect357a
Sr. Director, IT at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We're using SD-WAN at all of our locations now, which helps increase and aggregate and lower response time and improve application performance. Another thing we have seen is increased security awareness. View full review »
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