Verizon Business expands its global portfolio with Fortinet Secure SD WAN

Sampath Sowmyanarayan, Chief Revenue Officer for Verizon Business

Verizon Business announced the expansion of its global SD-WAN offering with the addition of Verizon Software-Defined Secure Branch with Fortinet Secure SD-WAN.

The solution is designed to provide businesses, including enterprise and business market customers, with a converged networking and security solution “in-a-box” to secure and connect hybrid and remote workforces in a seamless and effective manner.

According to the Verizon Business 2021 Data Breach Investigations Report, which analyses 29,207 quality incidents, of which 5,258 were confirmed breaches, phishing attacks increased by 11%, while the attacks using ransomware rose by only 6%.

Additionally, 85% of breaches involved a human element, while over 80% of breaches were discovered by external parties in due diligence and file analytics.

Verizon executives speak out on the landmark expansion

Sampath Sowmyanarayan, Chief Revenue Officer for Verizon Business had these insights.

“The pandemic created a seismic shift in the way we live and work. For businesses, the quick transition to hybrid and remote work models opened new avenues for cyber threat actors.” 

Verizon’s Software-Defined Secure Branch with Fortinet add those layers of security to safeguard employees, businesses and ultimately customers against cyberattacks.” 

Deployed leveraging Fortinet Secure SD-WAN, which integrates SD-WAN, firewall, and advanced routing, this security-driven networking solution delivers the quality of experience at any scale and enables consistent network and security policies.

The solution also works with many types of network transports including MPLS, Internet, Broadband, and Wireless to enable hybrid WAN and LAN transformation.

It builds upon the capabilities of traditional network routing with additional SD-WAN and integrated security to help safeguard communications between network endpoints.

Either on-premise or in the cloud, and ensure organizations are better protected from the expanded attack surface introduced by remote and hybrid work.

This simple, all-in-one solution provides customers with added agility and flexibility as they adjust their digital transformation agendas based on ever-changing business needs. 

Fortinet gives deep insight on partnering with Verizon

John Maddison, EVP of products and CMO at Fortinet had the following insights.

“Fortinet is committed to supporting our partners and customers with innovative Secure SD-WAN technology based on a security-driven networking approach that tightly integrates an organization’s network infrastructure and security architecture.” 

“By leveraging Fortinet Secure SD-WAN, Verizon enables organizations to take work-remotely-approach to their network and security to support remote and hybrid workforces.” 

Ghassan Abdo, Research VP at IDC made the following insights.

“IDC predicts that enterprises will commit to providing technical parity to a hybrid workforce, thus ensuring secure access to the technical resources needed to conduct their daily work regardless of their location and access method.”

“The Verizon Software-Defined Secure Branch based on Fortinet is aligned with this vision.”  

Company Profile

Verizon Communications Inc. was formed on June 30, 2000, and is a global leading provider of technology, communications, information and entertainment products and services.

Headquartered in New York City and with a presence around the world, Verizon generated revenues of $128.3 billion in 2020. The company offers data, video and voice services and solutions on its award-winning networks and platforms.

Thus delivering on clientele demand for mobility, network connectivity, security and control.