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MSSP Secure Sense Adds Fortinet Secure SD-WAN to Security Portfolio

Secure Sense, a Canadian MSSP and subsidiary of telecommunications company Telus, has integrated the Fortinet Secure SD-WAN solution into its Next-Generation Firewall Managed Service.

The Fortinet integration extends Secure Sense's Next-Generation Firewall Managed Service to provide SD-WAN capabilities, Secure Sense CIO Matthew Watkinson said. It allows Secure Sense to deliver a security-focused SD-WAN managed service that provides both cost savings and network performance improvements to its customers.

With the Fortinet integration, Secure Sense provides a Secure SD-WAN service that offers the following capabilities:

  • Ability to direct and prioritize network traffic
  • Intrusion prevention, web filtering, application control, anti-malware, advanced threat protection, integrated sandboxing and other security controls
  • Granular analytics to reduce customer troubleshooting

Along with the SD-WAN service, Secure Sense's team is certified in Fortinet's Network Security Expert (NSE) Program, the company said. The team provides 24x7 monitoring and recommendations to help organizations improve their network and security configurations.

Are MSSPs Targeting SD-WAN?

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has forced many businesses to transition to remote work. As such, this has created an opportunity for MSSPs to offer SD-WAN to support remote workers, according to Fortinet.

SD-WAN solutions can help organizations drive digital transformation, the company indicated. The solutions empower remote workers to access business-critical applications, without compromising security.

Fortinet CFO Keith Jensen in May 2020 said his company was focused on opportunities within the SD-WAN market. In addition, Fortinet's revenues at that time indicated the company was making strides in this market.

Along with Fortinet, Cisco Systems, Palo Alto Networks and Netsurion provide SD-WAN solutions that MSSPs can integrate into their portfolios. If the number of remote workers continues to rise globally, the number of companies to offer SD-WAN solutions to MSSPs likely will increase as well.

Dan Kobialka

Dan Kobialka is senior contributing editor, MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E. He covers IT security, IT service provider business strategies and partner programs. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State University. In his free time, Dan enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football.