Fortinet (NASDAQ:FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, and Linksys, a global leader in wireless networking products, today announced a new joint solution to enable enterprise organizations to support and secure work-from-home networks. Linksys HomeWRK for Business | Secured by Fortinet is the first ever enterprise solution to deliver secure network connectivity for both corporate and personal needs in one easy-to-setup unit optimized for business applications and collaboration tools, including Zoom. The announcement serves as another proof point of both companies' long-term commitment to delivering enterprise-grade performance and security for the hybrid era, and follows earlier news of Fortinet's investment in Linksys and the launch of Linksys HomeWRK for Education | Secured by Fortinet to bring reliable connectivity and security to students at home.
With the increase in remote and hybrid work, enterprise IT teams are struggling to enable their workforce to work effectively from anywhere while protecting their organization from security threats, including ransomware, malware and phishing attacks, introduced by home networks. A recent survey from Sungard Availability Services revealed "only 1 in 5 companies are fully confident their infrastructure security can support long-term remote work." Cybercriminals continue to take advantage of the expanded attack surface; the latest FortiGuard Labs Global Threat Landscape Report revealed that average weekly ransomware activity in June 2021 was more than tenfold higher than levels from one year ago. Enterprise IT teams are also challenged to support their at-home employees with a simple plug-and-play solution that delivers connectivity that can support all of the capabilities they have in-office.