AT&T has expanded its portfolio of Managed Security Services through its alliance with Fortinet with a new Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) solution. AT&T SASE with Fortinet is immediately available. Updates to the offering will continue to be made in 2021.
“AT&T is a global leader in managed SD-WAN solutions and has tenured experience delivering managed security solutions to customers around the globe,” said Ghassan Abdo, Research Vice President for Worldwide Telecom, Virtualisation, and CDN at IDC. “Bringing these two capabilities together creates a strong value proposition for customers looking to take advantage of the convergence of network and security controls.”
AT&T SASE with Fortinet is described as the first, global managed SASE solution at scale that unifies software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) with essential network security functions of the SASE framework and 24×7 management. As the largest SD-WAN Managed Service Provider in North America, and one of the world’s largest Managed Security Services Providers (MSSPs), AT&T has an understanding of what businesses need as they modernise and transform their networks, including the importance of security being a critical component of any business initiative.
“With the convergence of networking and security, organisations are struggling with managing and protecting applications and data accessing the network,” noted Rupesh Chokshi, VP, AT&T Cybersecurity. “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.”
The inclusion of around-the-clock management helps relieve the burden of deployment and day-to-day support, with Security Operations Center (SOC) analysts acting as an extension to a business’ network and security teams. AT&T SASE with Fortinet integrates with AT&T Alien Labs Threat Intelligence platform, enabling and unlocking multiple response actions, which provide SOC analysts visibility into network security.
“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 organisations need to embrace SASE,” concluded John Maddison, CMO and EVP of Products, Fortinet. “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.”