FortiSASE integrates cloud-delivered SD-WAN connectivity with cloud-delivered security (SSE).

This week Fortinet announced cloud-delivered enhancements to FortiSASE that integrate software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) connectivity with cloud-delivered security to enable flexible secure private access.

FortiSASE consolidates point products by seamlessly converging SD-WAN and security service edge, including a secure web gateway, universal zero-trust network access, cloud access security broker and firewall-as-a-service. It does so via a single operating system, FortiOS, and a single agent, FortiClient, with artificial intelligence and machine learning to drive additional operational efficiency.

In addition to enabling fast internet access that ensures consistent security for all user traffic to and from the internet, the latest enhancements to FortiSASE add further support for secure private access and software-as-a-service access use cases.

Secure Private Access

Leveraging its success of delivering networking and security convergence at the edge to over 20,000 customers via Fortinet Secure SD-WAN, Fortinet is now extending this convergence to remote users via cloud-delivered SD-WAN connectivity in FortiSASE.

This extends Fortinet’s existing ability to deliver granular application access with Fortinet Universal ZTNA by adding broader application access with SD-WAN to support the most comprehensive set of private applications running at the datacenter or public cloud, while also ensuring what Fortinet calls a “superior user experience”. According to the company, this enhancement makes FortiSASE the industry’s most flexible architecture for secure and reliable access to privately hosted applications by leveraging both ZTNA and SD-WAN.

With today’s news, organizations that have already deployed Fortinet Secure SD-WAN and/or FortiGate Next-Generation Firewalls in branch offices or datacenters can seamlessly connect their remote users to FortiSASE for private access without needing an additional license.

Secure SaaS access

FortiSASE delivers comprehensive visibility and control for SaaS applications with enhanced next-generation dual-mode CASB, Fortinet claims. “By leveraging both inline and API-based support, FortiSASE enables full visibility into sanctioned and unsanctioned applications to address shadow IT and data exfiltration challenges”, they write.