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Fortinet named a leader in 2023 Zero Trust Edge Solutions report by independent research firm

Fortinet solution includes a unified end-user agent that provides both endpoint security and zero trust edge innovations.

Johannesburg, 24 Aug 2023
John Maddison, Chief Marketing Officer and EVP, Product Strategy at Fortinet.
John Maddison, Chief Marketing Officer and EVP, Product Strategy at Fortinet.

John Maddison, Chief Marketing Officer and EVP, Product Strategy at Fortinet, says: “We’re pleased that our zero trust approach to securing the expanding edges of today’s networks is being recognised by Forrester. We believe that the critical convergence of networking and security must be everywhere and are proud to be one of the only vendors to lead in firewall, SD-WAN and zero trust edge reports. For us, this recognition validates our continuing commitment to developing one of the leading single-vendor SASE solutions on the market.”

News summary

Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT), which positions itself as the global cyber security leader driving the convergence of networking and security, today announced that Fortinet has been named a leader in The Forrester Wave: Zero Trust Edge Solutions, Q3 2023 report. The 32-criterion evaluation identifies the most significant vendors and evaluates their zero trust edge (ZTE) solutions. Fortinet tied for the highest score in the strategy category.

Secure networking with ZTE, also known as SASE

Also known as secure access service edge (SASE), a ZTE architecture merges and delivers networking and security functions as a service using a combination of zero trust network access (ZTNA), secure web gateways and cloud security gateways.

The Fortinet FortiSASE platform converges cloud-delivered security, including secure web gateway, universal ZTNA, next-generation dual-mode CASB, firewall as a service, and secure SD-WAN networking. Powered by a single operating system, FortiOS, FortiGuard AI-Powered Intrusion Prevention Security Services and a unified FortiClient agent, FortiSASE helps improve efficiency and delivers consistent security everywhere. By bringing together all of the components needed to converge networking and security, it protects the hybrid workforce with zero implicit trust and helps organisations reduce complexity and consolidate point products. In the report, Forrester points out that Fortinet “differentiated itself in the market by developing and integrating networking functions such as routing into its remote office firewalls, which eases the roll-out of its ZTE solution with a unified management interface.”

The Forrester report also states: “Fortinet balances security and networking with eye-popping value.” The report goes on to state: “One of the most compelling aspects of the Fortinet value proposition is its cost. As with its firewalls, the Fortinet option is priced quite literally an order of magnitude lower than the vendor’s most expensive competitors.” FortiSASE can help organisations securely and seamlessly reduce complexity and maximise their return on investment.

How the Forrester Wave results are calculated

The Forrester Wave evaluation is an assessment of the top vendors in the market. For the report, Forrester conducts primary research to develop a list of vendors and narrows the list based on the inclusion criteria. Details of product and strategy are gathered through a questionnaire, demos, briefings and customer reference surveys and interviews.

The evaluation criteria is based on:

  • The strength of the offering based on remote workforce security capabilities; zero-trust principles; network control, management, monitoring, visibility and observability; and integrations.
  • The strength of the vendor's strategies, including vision, innovation, roadmap, partner ecosystem, pricing flexibility and transparency and supporting services and offerings.
  • The vendor's presence in the market based on revenue and installed base.

Each of the vendors included in the assessment has:

  • At least $75 million in annual revenue attributed exclusively to ZTE technologies.
  • A ZTNA product in addition to a secure web gateway or cloud security gateway as of 30 May 2023.
  • At least 30% of revenue must come from outside the vendor’s home region and they must have point of presence in every continent except Antarctica.
  • A remote site appliance that provides physical WAN connectivity, link load balancing or routing capabilities.
  • Complete or partial cloud-based administration across the ZTE components.

Fortinet FortiSASE

The Fortinet SASE platform provides secure access and high-performance connectivity to users no matter where they are located. By converging networking and security, FortiSASE delivers enterprise-grade security and provides secure remote access to the web, cloud and applications anywhere. The cloud-delivered solution helps organisations overcome security gaps and integrates with Fortinet FortiManager for visibility and centralised management across on-premises and remote users.