Fortinet Converges 5G Dual Modem, AI-powered Security, and Zero Trust to Securely Connect and Protect Operational Technology 
Posted: Friday, Feb 09
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Fortinet Converges 5G Dual Modem, AI-powered Security, and Zero Trust to Securely Connect and Protect Operational Technology 

Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), the global cybersecurity leader driving the convergence of networking and security, has announced a new compact, ruggedised appliance explicitly built to deliver enhanced secure networking capabilities and 5G connectivity to operational technology (OT) environments. Backed by the latest, fifth-generation Fortinet Security Processing Unit (SP5), the FortiGate Rugged 70G with 5G Dual Modem provides unparalleled networking performance, cutting-edge FortiGuard artificial intelligence (AI)-powered security services, and high availability through a 5G dual modem to address a variety of use cases in harsh, remote environments, including full-service remote ATMs within the banking industry.

John Maddison, chief marketing officer and executive vice president, product strategy, Fortinet, said, “Organisations across a variety of verticals increasingly require a fast, reliable, and secure networking architecture in remote locations and harsh environments. Unfortunately, it can often be complicated and costly to bring these types of networks online.

“With its 5G dual modem, AI-powered security, and zero-trust features, our newest FortiGate provides the latest secure networking innovations in a single, powerful appliance built to withstand the toughest environments. Customers can use the FortiGate Rugged 70G with 5G Dual Modem to realise secure and simplified infrastructure, enhanced business efficiencies and cost savings, and an excellent user experience even in the most remote, hard-to-reach locations.”

Connecting and Protecting Remote Locations

Networks are expanding to new, remote locations that must support and protect massive amounts of sensitive traffic and data while remaining highly available. In the past, companies would have deployed numerous point products to address individual networking, security, and connectivity needs at these locations. However, this creates a complex, poorly performing infrastructure that’s costly to manage and challenging to secure. The solution is a single appliance that meets all networking, security, and connectivity needs in remote OT environments.

Cutting-edge Networking, Security, and 5G Connectivity For OT

The FortiGate Rugged 70G with 5G Dual Modem brings 5G connectivity to the Fortinet portfolio of rugged next-generation firewalls (NGFWs) for the first time. This means the appliance not only converges enterprise-grade threat protection with high-performing networking capabilities like software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) and zero-trust network access (ZTNA) but also delivers industry-leading wireless wide area network (WAN) functionality to ensure high availability.

Key features include:

  • A 5G dual modem that enables seamless, reliable, and lightning-fast communication to ensure high availability and enhanced connectivity for critical applications.
  • Unparalleled secure networking performance powered by the latest, fifth-generation Fortinet Security Processing Unit (SP5), including eight billion of bits per second (Gbps) firewall throughput and seven Gbps IPSec VPN throughput.
  • Compact form factor with a fan-less, ruggedised design that can withstand harsh conditions like extreme temperature, humidity, shock, and vibration.
  • Industry-leading, AI-powered security through FortiGuard AI-powered security services to protect critical data from sophisticated threats.

Below is a summary of target performance numbers of the FortiGate Rugged 70G with 5G Dual Modem. Security Compute Rating is a benchmark (performance multiplier) that helps customers understand FortiGate target performance compared to similar appliances on the market:

  • Threat protection performance is measured with firewall, intrusion prevention system (IPS), application control, malware protection, and logging enabled.
  • All performance numbers are extracted from publicly available data sheets. Note that different vendors may have different test methodologies.
  • All power consumption values are taken from external data sheets and hardware system guides, using maximum power consumption. 


Enabling the Next Evolution In Banking

A primary use case for the FortiGate Rugged 70G with 5G Dual Modem is deploying and managing remote ATMs, which are often installed in challenging environments like stadiums, malls, or outdoors. The appliance provides the networking functionality (SD-WAN for dynamic connectivity, network access control, and ZTNA application gateway), best-of-breed security (end-to-end encryption and embedded threat intelligence), and high availability (5G dual modem) needed to deploy, secure, and manage remote ATMs. And its ruggedised form factor meets the durability requirements of ATMs in extreme heat or cold.

Through this single, powerful appliance, the banking industry can elevate their remote ATM networks, seamlessly scale across thousands of locations, and easily spin up new services with minimal infrastructure investment.

“Remote locations and harsh environments are becoming increasingly important to the enterprise but pose significant technical and budgetary challenges to connect and secure. Fortinet is well suited for these applications due to their expertise in converging networking and feature-rich security into a single appliance built to endure extreme conditions. The addition of a 5G dual modem is also a stand-out feature, which provides redundant connectivity for remote locations, ensuring availability and uninterrupted service.”
– Pete Finalle, research manager, security and trust, International Data Corporation (IDC)

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About Fortinet

Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) is a driving force in the evolution of cybersecurity and the convergence of networking and security. Our mission is to secure people, devices, and data everywhere, and today we deliver cybersecurity everywhere you need it with the largest integrated portfolio of over 50 enterprise-grade products. Well over half a million customers trust Fortinet’s solutions, which are among the most deployed, most patented, and most validated in the industry. The Fortinet Training Institute, one of the largest and broadest training programs in the industry, is dedicated to making cybersecurity training and new career opportunities available to everyone. FortiGuard Labs, Fortinet’s elite threat intelligence and research organisation, develops and utilises leading-edge machine learning and AI technologies to provide customers with timely and consistently top-rated protection and actionable threat intelligence. Learn more at, the Fortinet blog, and FortiGuard Labs.

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