Fortinet Converges 5G Dual Modem, AI-Powered Security, and Zero Trust for Secure Connectivity to Operational Technology

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ByLarry O'Brien
Company and Product News

Industrial cybersecurity supplier Fortinet recently announced a new compact, ruggedized appliance explicitly built to deliver enhanced secure networking capabilities and 5G connectivity to operational technology (OT) environments. Backed by the latest, fifth-generation Fortinet Security Processing Unit (SP5), the FortiGate Rugged 70G with 5G Dual Modem provides networking performance, cutting-edge FortiGuard AI-Powered Security Services, and high availability through a 5G dual modem to address a variety of use cases in harsh, remote environments, including full-service remote ATMs within the banking industry.

Connectivity to Operational Technology

Networks are expanding to new, remote locations that must support and protect massive amounts of sensitive traffic and data while remaining highly available. In the past, companies would have deployed numerous point products to address individual networking, security, and connectivity needs at these locations. However, this creates a complex, poorly performing infrastructure that’s costly to manage and challenging to secure. The solution is a single appliance that meets all networking, security, and connectivity needs in remote OT environments.

Cutting-edge networking, security, and 5G connectivity for OT

The FortiGate Rugged 70G with 5G Dual Modem brings 5G connectivity to the Fortinet portfolio of rugged next-generation firewalls (NGFWs) for the first time. This means the appliance not only converges enterprise-grade threat protection with high-performing networking capabilities, like SD-WAN and zero-trust network access, but also delivers wireless WAN functionality to ensure high availability.

Key features include:

  • A 5G dual modem that enables seamless, reliable, and lightning-fast communication to ensure high availability and enhanced connectivity for critical applications. 

  • Unparalleled secure networking performance powered by the latest, fifth-generation Fortinet Security Processing Unit (SP5), including 8 Gbps firewall throughput and 7 Gbps IPSec VPN throughput.

  • Compact form factor with a fan-less, ruggedized design that can withstand harsh conditions like extreme temperature, humidity, shock, and vibration.

  • Industry-leading, AI-powered security through FortiGuard AI-Powered Security Services to protect critical data from sophisticated threats.


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