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Fortinet expands India presence: invests in R&D, customer support & biz expansion

Fortinet expands India presence: invests in R&D, customer support & biz expansion

To boost presence in India market cybersecurity solutions firm Fortinet has opened an Innovation Centre in Bangalore which will contribute to global WiFi security knowledge and standards.

The Fortinet Innovation Centre in Bangalore is the company’s largest R&D facility outside North America, and the team here will develop state-of-the-art algorithms that secure large enterprise networks running mobile and IoT devices, and location-based services.

Inaugurating the Innovation centre at Bangalore, Patrice Perche, senior executive vice president, Worldwide Sales and Support at Fortinet, said, “Today, most connected devices use WiFi as their default connectivity standard. With the proliferation of IoT, seamlessly blending WiFi access with network protection is an integral part of the Fortinet Security Fabric. With the WiFi industry growing at double-digit rates, the research activities carried out by this team are highly relevant not only in the Indian market but all over the world.”

Fortinet will also appoint domain specialists to provide network security expertise to every major industry – Government, Telecom, Healthcare, BFSI, Retail, Manufacturing and Education. Going forward, Fortinet plans to conduct regionalized training and threat updates for customers and partners across the country.

This year alone, Gartner forecasts that 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2016, up 30 percent from 2015. The figure will hit 20.8 billion by 2020. While a majority of businesses is already leveraging the advantages of connected IoT (Internet of Things) devices, 92% of security professionals are concerned about the security challenges posed by these billions of devices.

Fortinet’s Security Fabric lets enterprises deploy innovative security strategies that are integrated from mobile devices to the infrastructure core to cloud networks, and enjoy comprehensive threat protection across the expanding attack surface.

“In Bangalore, we are building enterprise class WiFi systems that seamlessly onboard and switch customers between WiFi and LTE networks,” said Kishore Reddy, Vice President of Engineering & Country Manager, Fortinet Innovation Centre. “Our research team will also provide business intelligence to customers who have very large on-premise WiFi deployments. The investments to expand the R&D infrastructure here augment Fortinet’s plans to increase its share in the global wireless market.”

The WiFi research facility adds to the vendor’s Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) R&D team in Hyderabad, which builds the hardware logic for its DDoS attack mitigation appliances.

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