AT&T SASE with Fortinet Makes Market Debut

March 09, 2021

By Maurice Nagle, Senior Editor

The SASE space is taking shape. With months of jockeying for pole position, the lead pack is coming into view, and fueling this chase is managed services.

AT&T (News - Alert) announced further collaboration with Fortinet, and unveiled the addition of managed SASE to its managed security services suite. The global managed SASE solution is the first of it kind and is capable of supporting the rigorous demands of digital transformation.

VP AT&T Cybersecurity Rupesh Shokshi explained, “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."

Needs are changing with the evolution of the workforce. The present and future of work is distributed, with myriad endpoints, diverse devices and the requirement to access resources regardless of location. AT&T SASE delivers on SASE principles with a consolidated approach, identity-based access and global presence.

From the security side, 24x7 monitoring and management takes the weight off IT. The AT&T SASE with Fortinet (News - Alert) enhances security posture by integrating with AT&T Alien Labs Threat Intelligence platform. SOC analysts gain improved visibility, improving troubleshooting and resolution when incidents arise.

John Maddison, CMO and EVP of Products, Fortinet noted "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 organizations 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."

The newly announced solution is currently available, and updates will continue to be made throughout the year.

AT&T is no stranger to the top of the mountain as a leader in managed SD-WAN, and with the mounting curiosity in SASE, there is another summit in the not too distant future.

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Edited by Maurice Nagle

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