Fortinet recently hosted IT executives from another major technology company at their Sunnyvale, California office. They demonstrated their products and solutions, including FortiClient, which enables the seamless deployment, operation, and architecture of zero-trust network access (ZTNA). This blog post will discuss the features and benefits of FortiClient, and how it can help organizations improve their remote-access situation.

VPN and ZTNA in a Single Agent

FortiClient is a unique solution because it is both a VPN and a ZTNA agent. This means that it can simplify the tasks for the IT team, as they only need to deal with a single agent. Additionally, it allows organizations to move application coverage, one application at a time, over to ZTNA, while still using VPN for the remaining access requirements. This allows for a controlled and easy transition to ZTNA.

A Smooth Transition from VPN to ZTNA

Fortinet uses the same basic concepts of an agent coming back to an on-premises or cloud-based concentrator for both VPN and ZTNA. As each application moves over, users experience the simplicity of accessing their application via this ZTNA process versus a VPN process. Additionally, if anything negative should happen with the ZTNA, it’s very simple to roll back to the VPN approach, iron out any wrinkles that may have come up, and then proceed along with the ZTNA.

Additional Capabilities: URL Filtering

FortiClient also has additional capabilities such as the ability to enforce URL filtering policies on an agent or a laptop, even when it’s not on the network. This gives the CISO/CIO the ability to enforce company policies at all locations on a managed device. Competitor solutions typically have a ZTNA architecture based on a cloud solution, but FortiClient handles some of that processing down at the local level and reduces the traffic that’s actually going to the cloud. This improves performance as the cloud only deals with a subset of the traffic.

Additional Capabilities: Encrypted Tunnels

Another unique capability within FortiClient is the ability to establish encrypted tunnels between the endpoint and the concentrator. This ensures that all communications between the endpoint and the concentrator are secure, even over public networks. This is particularly useful for organizations that have remote employees or that operate in industries with strict compliance requirements.

In conclusion, FortiClient is a powerful solution that enables the seamless deployment, operation, and architecture of zero-trust network access. It is also a VPN and ZTNA agent in a single agent and it also has additional capabilities such as URL filtering and encrypted tunnels. This makes it a strong solution compared to other ZTNA offerings on the market, and it can help organizations improve their remote-access situation while staying productive and meeting their goals.

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