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Bengaluru, NFAPost: Fortinet, a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, further expanded its solution capability by announcing the acquisition of OPAQ Networks, a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) cloud provider based in Herndon, Virginia.

OPAQ’s Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) cloud solution protects organisations’ distributed networks – from data centers, to branch offices, to remote users, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Fortinet’s Security Fabric combined with OPAQ’s patented ZTNA solution enhances Fortinet’s existing SASE offering to form the best-in-class SASE cloud security platform with the industry’s only true Zero Trust access and security.

Next generation firewall

This is made possible by providing industry-leading next-generation firewall and SD-WAN capabilities, web security, sandboxing, advanced endpoint, identity / multi factor authentication, multi-cloud workload protection, cloud application security broker (CASB), browser isolation, and web application firewalling capabilities.

Expressing happiness over the acquisition, Fortinet Founder, Chairman of the Board, and CEO Ken Xie said the recent SASE market momentum further validates the company’s Security-driven Networking approach and underscores what we’ve been saying for years.

“In this era of hyperconnectivity and expanding networks; with the network edge stretching across the entire digital infrastructure, networking and security must converge. In fact the acquisition of OPAQ actually further enhances our existing SASE offering enabling Fortinet to deliver the most complete SASE platform on the market,” said Fortinet Founder, Chairman of the Board, and CEO Ken Xie.

Broadest security

He further added that the Fortinet SASE platform delivers the broadest security and industry-leading SD-WAN and networking offerings that can all be delivered to customers and partners through a flexible, cost-efficient and patented zero-trust cloud architecture.

According to security analyst from Arvian Research, OPAQ’s platform is purpose-built to be partner-friendly, empowering MSSPs, carriers and high value-add partners to easily integrate the SASE multi-tenant platform into their own offering.

“This integration adds value to business and government organisation customers with their Network Operations Center and Security Operations Center expertise and advanced professional services,” said Arvian Research.

Remote workforce

As companies are going towards remote workforce trends, with exponentially more users, devices, applications, services, and data outside of a traditional enterprise edge than inside, the integration of Fortinet’s broad Security Fabric with OPAQ’s cloud platform will offer broad spectrum of security features.

This will provide customers and partners even more choices in how they can consume best-of-breed security and is yet another unique and differentiated way Fortinet is empowering customers with the best, integrated security and networking innovation in real-time.

The impact of OPAQ acquisition in Fortinet’s solution delivery:

The best of scalability, performance, and security compared to any cloud security vendor.

A broad integrated suite of cloud security solutions providing true Zero Trust security, unlike other ZTNA providers who leave many unprotected gaps in the attack surface.

One-of-a-kind ZTNA solution with continuous security innovation at scale, leveraging Fortinet’s top-notch R&D talent to deliver security substance “under the hood”.

Security and networking fully integrated, including Fortinet’s industry-leading SD-WAN, furthering the company’s Security-driven Networking approach.

The most partner-friendly ZTNA offering in the market that remains true to Fortinet’s ongoing commitment to its valued partners.

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