25%-30% of the workforce will be working from home multiple days a week by the end of 2021.1
Remote working is rapidly receiving broad reception and possibly inevitable for organizations worldwide. Teleworker solutions that increase the security and efficiency of remote workers are fundamental to bolster this move. IT directors ought to guarantee security controls are put in place to meet corporate benchmarks. When organizations execute telework at scale, cybercriminals jump at the opportunity to prey on the various security peepholes that emerge. These run from security naïveté among new teleworkers, increased personal gadgets for work, and the whole family's vulnerable home networks. Empowering organizations to secure telework rapidly and cost-effectively, the Fortinet Security Fabric offers solutions covering three essential regions of concern: endpoint protection, network access control, and cloud access.
Business continuity requires the critical execution of telework at scale. Most organizations start by figuring out how to boost Virtual Private Network (VPN) network capabilities and remote access to corporate applications and information. This can take some time; however, corporations don't have the leisure of time. Cybercriminals are aware of the surge in remote access workers and are prepared to misuse new remote workers and their family members as attack vectors into corporate networks. Organizations must act quickly to secure any endpoints workers are using—whether corporate-owned portable workstations or personal gadgets.
With the various access requirements and numerous locations from which team members work, organizations must adapt to workers' needs. That includes the unique needs of the so-called 'Superuser.'
Well, there are three types of teleworkers:
Basic Teleworker: The basic teleworker only requires email, internet, teleconferencing, limited file sharing, and function-specific capabilities (finance, HR, etc.) from their remote work site.
Power-user: Power-users are employees that require a persistent level of access to corporate resources while working from a remote location, such as system administrators, IT support technicians, and emergency personnel.
Superuser: A superuser is an employee that requires the highest level of security to access confidential and sensitive corporate resources, even when working from an alternate office location such as administrators with privileged system access, support technicians, key partners aligned to the continuity plan, emergency personnel, and executive management.
The Fortinet Teleworker has all three user profiles covered. Fortinet has custom security ASIC chips powering our FortiGate appliances. The chips' hardware allows FortiGates to support a much larger scale of VPN tunnels, enabling the entire workforce to connect back to the office securely. We have heard from customers of other solutions that they have their crew working in shifts to share their limited VPN connections. Here, that's never an issue; FortiGates can support more VPN tunnels and still provide all the security services at speed.
Key Benefits of Our Fortinet Teleworker solution:
- Simple and easy to deploy
- Free for existing FG customers
- Has no additional license requirement
- Time effective - customers can transition from in-office to remote working in days
- Ensure security is a priority
Fortinet Teleworker solutions are fully integrated into the security fabric and leverage the same technologies and products that a company would use for managing on-site security.
Fortinet solutions are designed to be easy to use from initial purchase through the end of life. The teleworker opportunity is vast. Contact Adam.Shaw@ingrammicro.com to find how Fortinet's teleworker solution can benefit you and your customers.
1 “Work-At-Home After Covid-19—Our Forecast,” Global Workplace Analytics, April 2020.