Infotech Lead Middle East: Network security solutions provider Fortinet has enhanced the FortiClient application for iOS and Android platforms.
The new solutions aim to address the numerous challenges surrounding network, data and device security posed by the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon in enterprise networks.
The new FortiClient application for Android comes with a combination of differentiating capabilities including high-performance deployment options supporting LAN and WAN connectivity centered around the FortiGate family of appliances.
The solution now allows for central management. There is no “per-user” or “per-seat” licensing, so users can add new devices to their network without incurring additional license fees.
An integrated wireless controllers in all FortiGate appliances improve application and user visibility and control, rogue access point detection, guest access and bandwidth management. Built-in Wi-Fi for secure LAN deployments on certain FortiGate models reduces the need for a separate wireless access point. Mobile VPN clients and interoperable soft-tokens are incorporated for two-factor authentication.
The FortiClient application for Android platforms allows for both SSL tunnel mode and IPSec VPN connections to FortiGate appliances. It also provides Web-mode SSL VPN functionality and has been modified for the iPad platform.
“While mobile devices have tremendous potential for enhancing productivity, the challenge for organizations today is to provide the same level of security regardless of the device or location of the user,” said Kevin Flynn, senior product manager at Fortinet.
“We’re helping organizations of all sizes – from SMBs to large enterprises – deploy a robust BYOD security infrastructure that uniquely combines integrated wireless functions, embedded security technologies and simple, cost-effective licensing,” Flynn added.
Recently Fortinet launched new FortiManager, FortiAnalyzer and FortiMail hardware platforms designed for SMB and enterprise branch office customers. The new offerings provide scalable device management, security event analysis and email filtering capabilities.