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Malaysian BYOD surge prompts new mobile security subscription service from Fortinet

AvantiKumar | June 5, 2015
Mobile devices open up new points of entry for attack, said Fortinet's Michelle Ong, who also announced Fortinet's recent acquisition of Meru Networks.

Michelle Ong, Fortinet's Country Manager for Malaysia 

Photo - Michelle Ong, Fortinet's Country Manager for Malaysia


The continued surge of BYOD (bring your own devices) in Malaysian enterprises, which present additional security challenges for IT leaders, has prompted networking security specialist Fortinet to launch a new FortiGuard mobile subscription service,

Michelle Ong, Fortinet Malaysia's country manager, said the new service is to help local enterprises of all sizes deploy, manage and secure networks in an increasingly mobile era.

Ong said BYOD and wireless access will eventually lead over wires access in enterprise networks but that IT staff need to ensure their visibility and control of mobile traffic remained on par with traditional networks.

"IT infrastructure is evolving constantly with BYOD, cloud, SDN [software-defined network], hybrid WAN and secure WLAN, making the enterprise more flexible, yet at the same time exposing new points of entry for the malicious attacks," she said.

"Our new mobile application control and mobile malware protection service integrated into the network, and particularly WLAN [wireless local area network], provide companies in Malaysia with the visibility and control they need over mobile devices to protect their corporate assets, especially in BYOD environments," said Ong, adding that Fortinet was one of just a few network companies providing visibility into mobile devices and traffic across the entire network, including the core, data centre & cloud, WAN [wide area network], LAN and WLAN.

 Meru Networks acquisition

She said the FortiGuard Mobile Security service can be purchased "a la carte or as part of a comprehensive Full Coverage Enterprise Protection subscription bundle that will also include all services currently in the FortiGuard UTM bundle. These services consist of intrusion prevention, anti-virus, application control, web filtering and anti-spam, as well as cloud based advanced threat protection (ATP).

"The subscription services, which include comprehensive cyber security protection against content and network level threats, are powered by Fortinet's global threat research team with in-depth security expertise, threat signature updates that are delivered in real-time to FortiGate devices around the world 24x7x365,"  said Ong.

In addition, she said Fortinet has an agreement to acquire intelligent Wi-Fi networking firm Meru Networks, which will strengthen the FortiGuard Mobile Security services platform.


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