The companies have partnered to bolster their remote operations offerings.
Cyber security firm Fortinet and wireless networking services provider Linksys have signed a new joint venture agreement, aimed at enhancing the security of work-from-home networks.
Under the new partnership, the Linksys HomeWRK for Business offering will leverage Fortinet’s security solutions.
The joint venture comes as a recent survey from Sungard Availability Services found that just one in five companies are fully confident their infrastructure security can support long-term remote work.
The latest FortiGuard Labs Global Threat Landscape Report also revealed that average weekly ransomware activity in June 2021 was 10 times higher than in the previous corresponding period.
“Our goal was two-fold. First, make it very simple for anyone to set up a fast and reliable home Wi-Fi network,” John Maddison, EVP of products and CMO, Fortinet, said.
“Second, provide enterprise IT with the ability to secure and manage the business aspects of that work-from-home Wi-Fi network just as they do with any other device attached to the network.
“The Linksys and Fortinet joint venture is not just a simple OEM agreement of two distinct parties, it’s the start of a completely new market.”
Linksys CEO Harry Dewhirst said the offering was particularly timely given the current COVID-induced remote work environment.
"Last year, companies and their employees were catapulted into a remote work era with little to no preparation,” Dewhirst said.
“In that time, they’ve done what they can to make it work. It’s clear that remote work is the future of work and through Linksys HomeWRK for Business - Secured by Fortinet, we are not simply providing a solution to make it work.
“We are providing companies a way to enable employees to securely and safely connect to their work, thrive in remote environments and operate with peak productivity and efficiency.”