Iricent recently featured in the Sunday Business Post (28 March 2021) with details of our Secure Managed SD-WAN service using Fortinet Secure SD-WAN.

A copy of the article is below and the original can be found here.


With digital transformation under way across every industry sector, secure access to data has become more important than ever. However, given a shifting threat landscape and continued remote-working, traditional security is no longer adequate and not enough to secure networks.

The pandemic has driven huge change in working practices, but cloud computing was already making traditional perimeter-based endpoint security redundant. Iricent is leading Irish companies to greater security by deploying Software-Defined Wide Area Networks (SD-WAN) and cloud-based Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) infrastructure.

Partnering with leading global cybersecurity vendor Fortinet, Iricent’s SD-WAN and SASE solutions deliver the networking capability that keeps businesses running while dealing with the fact that, given data is no longer confined to the office, traditional network security is no longer enough.

In a world that has been turned inside out and is seeing more user work performed off the enterprise network than on it, along with more traffic from branch sites and remote offices heading to public clouds than to the centre of enterprise, this new approach is needed more than ever.

SD-WAN has emerged as the go-to solution for re-architecting the enterprise network and facilitating digital transformation objectives such as cloud migration. Key reasons for adopting SD-WAN include application visibility and prioritisation, traffic flow control, policy setting, resilience, bandwidth usage reporting and encryption.

SASE, meanwhile, recognises that businesses are increasingly reliant on cloud-based applications to run their businesses and support distributed workflows to support remote and mobile users. This has resulted in the conventional enterprise network growing well beyond the conventional network edge, challenging infrastructure leaders to secure and manage an ever-expanding attack surface.

While networks have advanced rapidly enough to support the workflows of these remote endpoints, most security tools have not kept pace, rendering VPN-only solutions obsolete. For organisations to remain competitive, all endpoints must be secured and managed with the same security and networking policies as their on-premises infrastructure, regardless of where they’re located.

Iricent delivers this capability as a managed service, not only extending the secure network but reducing complexity in the process: users can be provisioned with a zero-touch approach, while leaving the business secure in the knowledge that Iricent and Fortinet stand between them and the threat actors.

Using Fortinet Secure SD-WAN powered by Security-driven Networking enables infrastructure and networking teams to deliver improved user experience and simplified operations. Self-healing WAN capabilities, advanced routing, a natively integrated next-generation firewall, and centralised orchestration accelerate digital transformation at scale. Furthermore, zero-touch provisioning shortens deployment time. Fortinet’s fully integrated SASE solution provides the broadest range of security-driven networking solutions on the market.

Rather than an isolated, cloud-only approach, FortiSASE offers SASE services as an extension of the Fortinet Security Fabric to extend and leverage the power of FortiOS – the common operating system that ties the entire portfolio of Fortinet security solutions – everywhere. This unified, distributed model gives FortiSASE users a powerful suite of SASE services that are not only intuitive to deploy and manage, but ensure consistent protections across dynamic and distributed networks.

The shift to the Managed Secure SD-WAN approach, catered for by Iricent’s SD-WAN and SASE Managed Services comprising Fortinet’s market leading SD-WAN and SASE solutions, addresses the particular needs of businesses that do not have the resources or the desire to build and operate the secure networking infrastructure required themselves.

Iricent’s Managed SD-WAN and SASE services, by enabling organisations to outsource the design, deployment and operation of their network under a service level agreement, allow those organisations to experience the benefits of SD-WAN and SASE coupled with operational flexibility in a connectivity and geographically neutral way whilst minimising commercial and technical risks.

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