GTT enhances security services to develop SASE capabilities

GTT enhances security services to develop SASE capabilities

21 January 2021 | Natalie Bannerman

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GTT Communications (GTT) confirms the enhancement of its portfolio of managed security services.

Using Fortinet’s Security Fabric, GTT is now able to deliver advanced software-defined capabilities, including unified threat prevention (UTP), which integrates a range of security features, such as application control, web filtering, antivirus, data loss prevention, and intrusion detection and prevention.

“We recognise that network security is a high priority for our customers in 2021,” said Don MacNeil, COO at GTT.

“GTT is focused on providing managed security service capabilities that reduce complexity and assure the security of anytime, anywhere access to applications and services, which is an essential digital business requirement demanded by our customers.”

GTT has also added managed detection and response capabilities to its security service portfolio, for security coverage for cloud, on-premise and hybrid environments.

The feature set includes an advanced security tool suite, with machine-learning behavioural analytics, embedded threat intelligence, and 24/7 security monitoring and incident response, all managed by GTT’s global security operation centres.

“Agile companies looking to rapidly anticipate constantly shifting business trends understand that Security-driven Networking, which brings networking functionality and security together, is a really important concept,” added John Maddison, EVP of products and CMO at Fortinet.

“Organisations are embracing the approach because it gives them flexibility to quickly and efficiently put security anywhere, anytime. Security-driven Networking is not just a new way to deploy security – it is going to enable the next generation of digital innovation.”

In addition to GTT’s SD-WAN capabilities, the new security services deliver a simple, secure and scalable solution that improves application performance, reduces cost of ownership and increases networking agility.

“Security has become of paramount importance to the management and operation of enterprise networks as the adoption of digital business and cloud applications accelerates,” added Gary Barton, principal analyst for telecom services at GlobalData.

“GTT’s comprehensive approach to implementing advanced security functionality integrated with software-defined networking elements is what enterprises are demanding to ensure their networks run securely and efficiently.” 

These additions to GTT’s managed security services portfolio lays the foundation for the development of GTT’s secure access service edge (SASE) capability, which integrates cloud-based security tools with SD-WAN functionality.