Japanese multinational IT giant NEC has entered into an agreement with cybersecurity supplier Fortinet to provide high performance end-to-end 5G security for the rapidly growing world of 5G networks. The partnership is specifically targeted at communication service providers (CSPs), with Fortinet offering its comprehensive suite of cybersecurity solutions and NEC providing its considerable expertise in services.
Through the partnership, Fortinet will provide its comprehensive best-in-class security solutions, including FortiGate – the next-generation firewall and one of the highest performing hyperscale firewall, while NEC will offer professional services built on its track record in the telecom industry to deliver carrier-grade, sustainable networking required in 5G.
The partnership of Fortinet and NEC will enable CSPs to gain deep visibility into users, applications, and threats with a single pane of glass and effectively protect themselves from known and unknown threats in the 5G era. The companies will focus on key network security use cases and services, such as Radio Access Network (RAN), Mobile Roaming, Gi-LAN/N6 and Telco/Edge Cloud Security.
Fortinet’s security solutions include automation capabilities and AI-driven threat intelligence and will provide robust protection throughout all domains and layers of CSPs’ complex 5G networks. NEC, as the network integrator, will leverage Fortinet solutions to deliver customer-oriented and carrier-grade services, leveraging its global reach across more than 150 countries. Moreover, its network expertise accumulated at NEC Centers of Excellence (CoEs) and NEC Open Networks, an ecosystem consisting of an end-to-end suite of open products and solutions, enable the company to support CSPs with future-proofed solutions in a safe and secure way."
In the manufacturing sector, deployment of private 5G networks is accelerating rapidly in conjunction with increased adoption of industrial edge computing platforms, and it is going to have more than its share of cybersecurity challenges.