Fortinet introduces new cloud-managed WLAN access points

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Fortinet launched a new series of wireless LAN access points that are managed by its FortiCloud management system. The new FortiAP-S series of APs are being touted as secure Wi-Fi APs with Fortinet's cybersecurity technology running right on them.

The vendor has aimed for some time to differentiate itself from other cloud WLAN management systems, focusing on providing security technology to keep the Wi-Fi network as secure as possible. The idea is that by placing management of APs and the network in the cloud, it opens up enterprises to security risks. By adding Fortinet's brand of security to such a management tool, it keeps the network much more secure.

"Fortinet's new FortiAP-S series combines the flexibility of cloud management, the latest generation of wireless access point technology and the proven security of FortiGuard, all forming a secure wireless architecture for enterprise access networks," said John Maddison, vice president of marketing at Fortinet, in a statement. "We can now apply mobile-specific security policies and updates such as application control and virus scanning directly to the wireless access points, giving the customer a layer of perimeter defense for BYOD devices."

It certainly speaks to the needs of enterprises that are looking to the cloud to centralize management of their entire networks.

For more:
- read the press release

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