BT launches new secure networking service for UK business customers with Fortinet
- Complete networking and security service now available for BT’s UK corporate and public sector customers – to support hybrid working, digital retail and other multi-site business use cases
- Designed to protect businesses connecting multiple devices and sites, new secure networking service combines Software-Defined Wide-Area Network (SD-WAN) and Software-Defined Branch (SD-Branch) via a secure firewall and networking equipment from Fortinet with the ease of an all-in-one managed service from BT
- Launch expands BT’s portfolio of SD-WAN services and builds on existing long-term partnership between BT and Fortinet
BT today announced it has launched a new all-in-one networking and security service backed by industry leading Fortinet technology to transform how businesses manage their connectivity across multiple sites.
The launch enables BT’s UK business and public sector customers to bring together SD-WAN, SD-Branch and security into one place, fully managed by BT’s expert team – as well as reducing cyber risk and supporting customers moving data and applications into the cloud. It is ideal for supporting digital transformation, such as businesses embracing hybrid working and providing better experiences for staff, including clearer video calling. The service is purpose-built to support retailers better meet customer demand, whether online with greater website reliability during peak trading events like Black Friday, or in person through services such as click-and-collect or technology infrastructure for pop up stores.
It’s a move that sees BT build on its existing long-term agreement with global cybersecurity leader Fortinet, expanding its managed wide and local network portfolio for businesses by building in Fortinet’s Secure SD Branch technology.
BT’s new managed secure networking service is designed to address large-scale, complex networking requirements, and enables BT to expertly manage networks on a customer’s behalf 24 hours a day. This service also includes reporting dashboards that give security teams full visibility over their network.
As more businesses embrace the benefits of digital working, the Government’s latest Cyber Security Breaches Survey revealed that 32% of businesses had identified a cyberattack in the previous 12 months*. BT’s expanded partnership with Fortinet will strengthen its wide-area networks and in-building connectivity, making them even more resilient as the transition towards Software-as-a-Service cloud applications continues.
The technology allows UK-based organisations of all sizes to improve the performance of business applications, including Microsoft Teams, SAP or Salesforce. It ensures a quality user experience, even across multiple sites, while delivering the flexibility and cost benefits of a hybrid network. Customers can also connect any combination of physical and virtual devices to their network – and so extend the network to be closer to the applications and data that are important to them.
Ashish Gupta, MD Corporate and Public Sector at BT, said: “At BT, we know that complex network requirements shouldn’t mean compromising on security or flexibility. Our new collaboration with Fortinet on software-defined Branch networks shows that you can combine both – enabling reliable, secure connectivity within and across multiple sites, all safely managed by BT. We’re already seeing strong interest from customers with a number of contracts won and being deployed.
“Fortinet continues to be a key cybersecurity partner, providing secure, flexible and highly reliable services which enable our customers to deliver brilliant outcomes."
Paul Anderson, Vice-President UK & Ireland at Fortinet, added: “We’ve been working with BT for over a decade and as a highly accredited Expert level Fortinet partner, we are delighted that BT is providing solutions which combine our award-winning integrated branch technology with their award-winning managed network and security services expertise.
“In a post-pandemic world with relentless pressures on workforces, budgets and an increasingly complex threat landscape, customers are looking for help to evolve their organisations securely and address rapidly changing business challenges. By choosing BT and Fortinet, they can be reassured that they are in safe hands on all fronts.”
Notes to editors
* Statistics from the Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2023 Cyber security breaches survey 2023 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
BT Group is the UK’s leading provider of fixed and mobile telecommunications and related secure digital products, solutions and services. We also provide managed telecommunications, security and network and IT infrastructure services to customers across 180 countries.
BT Group consists of three customer-facing units: Consumer serves individuals and families in the UK; Business* covers companies and public services in the UK and internationally; Openreach is an independently governed, wholly owned subsidiary wholesaling fixed access infrastructure services to its customers - over 650 communication providers across the UK.
British Telecommunications plc is a wholly owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange.
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*Business was formed on 1 January 2023 from the combination of the former Enterprise and Global units. It commenced reporting as a single unit from 1 April 2023, with pro forma reporting information to be produced ahead of BT Group’s Q1 FY24 results.