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May 16, 2018

Company Promotes Integrated Firewall to Protect Key Information

As connected as we all are via computers and the Internet, society is becoming increasingly vulnerable to attacks on personal security and information. It can be quite a job keeping up with the hackers and others demanding open access, but companies are adapting to the new reality. Today a U.S. firm visited Belize to tout its unique approach to cyber security, relying on integrating multiple facets of the existing security chain as well as teaching the average person to be more vigilant. News Five’s Aaron Humes reports.


Aaron Humes, Reporting

In an era where nothing can be taken for granted cyber security experts are always on the lookout for new and better means of preventing devastating attacks on our integrated networks. Enter Fortinet, which has devised a multi-pronged approach it calls “Fortigate” – the equivalent of multiple layers of defense that are coordinated to work together.


Alberto Leo

Alberto Leo, Territory Business Manager, Fortinet

“A firewall is like you’re in your house and you have a door, so the firewall is a device to open or close the door for people to get in or not allow people to get in or get out. That is the main intention of the firewall. Our firewall is a solution that is like a door but with a security guard, so he checks everything that passes through; and that’s why we have these devices. We are at third generation because our security firewall is also integrated with other devices that are in the network. For example, when you buy a firewall from other vendors, it is like a stand-alone solution, most of the time; what we have and that’s what we call the security pirate, third generation, our device also communicates with other devices in the network.”


Fortinet unveiled its version of this integrated firewall to potential customers in Belize this morning through its partnership with regional cyber security company, Progressive Business Solutions.


Inti Remaldi

Inti Remaldi, General Manager, Progressive Business Solutions

“The world of technology today has been changed; the technology in the past is not only for network security, but now we are working on more than network security – that means we use our own devices, we are using our own servers, we are using all the kinds of devices that we have in our business to connect people, connect processes, and connect new business in a new way to do technology. That means more than security: we have to get more with less cost.”


While prices have not been set, Leo says the new program is adaptable to business large and small and aims to be affordable.


Alberto Leo

“Our products can be for small business like a pharmacy; but also to big companies because everybody’s using the internet. For example, on the industrial network for companies you mentioned like the water company, the electric company, that they work in the industrial network to prevent stuff happening to them.  One of the things that we do, we don’t license per user. What we have is one single license per devices and that makes life easier for anybody.”


Aaron Humes

“And that license would cost, in terms of dollar figures, two hundred, three hundred?”


Alberto Leo

“We have different size of devices – small devices, medium devices, large devices. So it depends on what is going to be the requirement from the company and we have that. We don’t have an exact figure, but what I can tell you is our price point and when you compare our devices against the competition and the performance that we have, it’s less expensive.”


Aaron Humes reporting for News Five.

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