AT&T is working with security firm Fortinet to deliver a global managed secure access service edge (SASE) for enterprises. The deal will marry AT&T’s software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) technology with Fortinet’s network security functions that are provided through the SASE framework.
AT&T SASE with Fortinet will be managed by AT&T and integrated with the company’s Alien Labs Threat Intelligence platform. This will enable enterprises to have visibility into the network security and allow them to respond to any threats. The AT&T SASE is available immediately and the company said it will provide updates to it throughout the year.
“With the convergence of networking and security, organizations are struggling with managing and protecting applications and data accessing the network,” said Rupesh Chokshi, VP of AT&T Cybersecurity. “The solution will provide visibility and management for a more resilient network, making it safer for businesses to adapt and innovate.”
This is the first SASE deal for AT&T but it is not exclusive. The company is likely to take a multi-vendor approach to SASE, similar to its approach to SD-WAN. AT&T uses Cisco’s managed Viptela SD-WAN solution and has also deployed VMware’s VeloCloud SD-WAN offering.
According to analyst firm Vertical Systems Group, security is cited by enterprises as being the most essential additional capability necessary for SD-WAN, whether it is integrated into the service or provided externally.