Fortinet and Linksys joint venture delivers security to home offices

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The new initiative aims to make remote hybrid and home working more secure.

Fortinet and Linksys have announced a new joint venture for those who work away from their office. The new package aims to give enterprises a smoother and more efficient way to enable work-from-home networks. The venture seeks to give remote workers the same level of security they would have in the office.

The new package is called Linksys HomeWRK for Business | Secured by Fortinet. It is an “enterprise solution to deliver secure network connectivity for both corporate and personal needs,” they say. The offering tailors itself to business applications and collaboration tools, including Zoom.

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Defending against remote ransomware attacks

Enterprise IT teams are struggling to enable their workforce to work effectively from anywhere while protecting their organization from security threats. These include ransomware, malware and phishing attacks, introduced by home networks.

The new solution is integrated with industry-leading Fortinet security to safeguard against cyber threats introduced by home networks. It automatically blocks suspicious malware, prevents intrusions, filters harmful content, and more. This joint solution showcases the power of Security-Driven Networking. By placing security in the home office on the device itself, it delivers a much better user experience, they claim.

Fortinet and Linksys have also teamed up with Zoom. This aims to provide quality of service (QoS) networking technology that optimizes traffic for Zoom and other business collaboration applications.

John Maddison, EVP of products and CMO at Fortinet, explained. “Our goal was two-fold. First, make it very simple for anyone to set up a fast and reliable home Wi-Fi network. Second, provide enterprise IT with the ability to secure and manage the business aspects of that work-from-home Wi-Fi network just as they do with any other device attached to the network.”

“The Linksys and Fortinet joint venture is not just a simple OEM agreement of two distinct parties, it’s the start of a completely new market.”