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Fortinet has presented a new solution for branch offices that provides comprehensive protection for the edge of the WAN and access network. This concerns Secure SD Branch, which allows organisations to make use of network functionality that is driven by security.

Secure SD Branch extends the security of Fortinet’s Security Fabric and the benefits of SD WAN to network access by combining WAN management and security in a single platform. In this way, organisations need to have more powerful security and an improved overview. It should also reduce complexity, improve flexibility and increase network performance.

Secure SD Branch

Secure SD-Branch uses the next-generation firewall FortiGate, the network access controller FortiNAC, FortiSwitch and FortiAP access points. The solution provides protection to the network edge by extending the reach of FortiGate through the access layer using FortiSwitch and FortiAP.

The new FortiAP series of WiFi 6 access points are designed to offer more capacity and higher throughput rates, enabling organisations to meet the growing demand for bandwidth. FortiSwitch’s new multi-gigabit switches must provide more power to support IoT devices that consume a lot of power.

Secure SD Branch also protects IoT equipment. For this purpose, the network access controller FortiNAC is used, which provides automatic discovery, classification and protection of all IoT devices accessing the network. FortiNAC 8.6 scans the network together with FortiGate as a sensor, so no additional hardware needs to be purchased.


The whole thing should provide organisations with an improved integration of LAN and WAN platforms. The solution also offers built-in security, thanks to the option of network access control with FortiGate as a sensor. This should improve the discovery and overview, and detect irregularities around devices that are connected to the branch network.

Management must also be simplified with Secure SD Branch. Human intervention is not necessary with the implementation, and the built-in management capabilities are controlled from a central location. The flexible architecture also provides scalable support for branches of all sizes and their future growth.

Finally, the total cost of ownership should be lower. The purchase of licenses and sensors for network traffic is no longer necessary. Organizations also have simplified daily management based on fewer interfaces, and the solution can be implemented in a short period of time, saving time and money.

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