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IT teams face severe challenges in handling wireless networks

AvantiKumar | Sept. 7, 2016
'Industry first' APs will help against IoT threats with automation.

Michelle Ong, Fortinet Country Manager Malaysia 

Photo - Michelle Ong, Country Manager, Fortinet Malaysia


To help wireless network management, a new series of universal wireless access point (AP) devices has been released to provide automated defensive operations against IoT threats.

"IT teams face severe challenges scaling and securing their wireless networks to meet rising access demands and the increasing dangers posed by IoT," said Michelle Ong, Malaysia country manager of network security specialist Fortinet.

Ong said the new FortiAP-U series offers an enterprise-grade wireless solution to businesses. "Fortinet Security Fabric solves these challenges by integrating security with wireless infrastructure to unlock advanced internal segmentation strategies that are critical to defend against IoT threats."

"Fortinet now offers automated operations and plug-in-play compatibility with any Fortinet access management backend, the introduction of Fortinet's patented FortiAP-U series of universal access points lowers the barrier for customers to implement and increase security protections of Fortinet Security Fabric," she said.

Ong said the focus has been on building unified protection for the network edge with these security functions and application controls. The end result for IT should be better network segmentation capabilities to protect enterprises against threats targeting IoT and endpoint devices before they can access critical internal data.

Universal access points feature innovative plug-in-play implementation, enabling each device to automatically determine the type of management backend and pull down configuration information to deliver rapid deployment without the need for IT to manually update every appliance.

Fortinet Universal APs are also designed to suit the wireless needs of the largest enterprises with cutting-edge 2 802.11ac Wave 2 features such as quad spatial streams, extended 5 GHz channel support, wide-channel 160MHz and Multi-User MIMO.


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