Securing Remote Workers at Scale With OPAQ SASE Featuring Fortinet Security Fabric

Distributed computing requirements are boosting the rationale for remote access and work-at-home. SASE provides a secure, agile network architecture.

Today’s companies use any combination of cloud and private applications, and their employees need access them from the office, home, or a public wifi network via the internet.  The days of all (or even most) users safely protected behind a company firewall using company-managed computers and networks are past.   Employees must be secure while using the internet and, especially, when they access company apps and data, from the internet.  Telecommuting, work-at-home, and reliable and secure remote access are table-stakes for the modern digital enterprise.

The secure access service edge (SASE) provides a secure network architecture that can shift to meet changing business and user requirements. It empowers people to work remotely by supporting connectivity, distributed computing and security all at the edge of the network, removing inefficient data-center-based traffic patterns and backhauling. It gives them access to nearby cloud data or software tools without having to request that service from a far-away data center, hence reducing network latency and improving performance.

But this access, while allowing employees to work remotely, is not necessarily secure.

Malicious actors prey upon remote users via their laptops and other portable computing devices, and via the untrusted networks and programs these users connect to, particularly when outside of an organization’s private network.

With the OPAQ SASE Cloud, your users’ access to corporate applications and the internet is secured with always-on next-generation firewalls that provide a full spectrum of security controls including multifactor authentication, advanced threat and endpoint protection, data loss prevention, cloud application security and remote browser isolation.  As a cloud service, they are turned-up for your users in minutes via the OPAQ SASE Cloud console.  No security devices need to be purchased or provisioned, and the traffic inspection and filtering is accomplished without backhauling to a cloud or datacenter-deployed security device.

Given remote workforce trends, with exponentially more users, devices, applications, services, and data now operating outside of the traditional enterprise edge than inside, the integration of Fortinet’s broad Security Fabric with OPAQ’s cloud platform offers customers and partners even more choices as to how they can consume best-of-breed security. And it is yet another unique and differentiated way that Fortinet is empowering customers with the best, integrated security and networking innovation that can respond to evolving business needs in real-time.

Read more to better understand the need for advanced security at remote and highly distributed computing endpoints.