How to Find the Best Firewall Protection and Network Security


March 4, 2022

Finding the best network security and firewall provider is an interesting endeavour. Get it right, and you won’t even notice these cybersecurity measures at work. Get it wrong, however, and you could be in for a world of trouble, with unpatched vulnerabilities creating easily exploitable attack vectors for hackers. 

Fortinet vs WatchGuard: Which Offers the Best Network Security?

After two decades of serving Australian businesses as Managed Service Providers, the Invotec team has spent a vast amount of time researching, testing, and working with firewall and network security solutions. Though things change rapidly in the world of IT support, Fortinet and WatchGuard have, for quite some time now, been the top two network security contenders. 

Indeed, the battle between WatchGuard and Fortinet is infamous in the IT world. At Invotec, we’ve carefully contrasted the speed, efficacy, reliability, security, and native reporting of these two cybersecurity brands. As you might expect, there are advantages and (very minor) drawbacks to both of these network security options. So, to a certain extent, the right choice for you will depend on the qualifying criteria most relevant to your company and its systems. 

However, when we grade WatchGuard and Fortinet for stability, cost, utility over time, and what works best for the average network administrator, Fortinet’s special application of firewall hardware gives it an edge over WatchGuard. Let’s dive a little deeper into the details to discover why.

Fortinet FortiGate: Next-Generation Firewalls 

Fortinet is a US-based multinational cybersecurity corporation founded in 2000 by the Xie brothers. The company sells a suite of high-performance network security products and services, including their next-gen FortiGate firewall. Via a single platform, the FortiGate firewall provides network-wide, end-to-end security assurance for physical, virtual, and cloud deployments.

Fortinet distributes its cutting-edge systems and subscription-based services globally via more than 20,000 Managed Service Providers and other partners. Invotec is proud to be one of Fortinet’s global partners as this allows us to offer top-tier security assurance to our customers, backed by the innovation of a billion-dollar network security company. 

Fortinet: Key Cybersecurity Features 

The most valuable features enjoyed by businesses using Fortinet are the:

  • VPN
  • WebFilter
  • Firewall

Fortinet’s features are also highly customisable, so regardless of your company’s needs, it’s generally easy for your Managed Service Provider to customise your cybersecurity implementation to meet those important criteria.

This versatility is one of many reasons why we believe Fortinet’s Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFWs) and network security packages are worth the investment. 

Which Fortinet Firewall Model Is Best for Your Business?

FortiGate offers NGFWs in a variety of models, each one designed to meet different business needs. You’ll find everything from entry-level options to high-end hardware designed to meet the most demanding criteria and offer the highest level of threat protection. Whichever FortiGate firewall model you go with, you can rest assured it will fit seamlessly into your existing IT environment.  

As an established Melbourne MSP and long-time partner of Fortinet, Invotec has had a smooth experience with the deployment, stability, or scalability of FortiGate firewalls. The Aussie businesses we support have nothing but good things to say about the experience, and we have IT consultants on standby 24/7 to ensure your network security is always dialled in.

Why Does the Right Fortinet Firewall Support Matter?

If you’re a business running one of Fortinet’s Next-Generation Firewalls on your network, then you need the support of a reliable Managed Service Provider to back you up.

Fortinet FortiGate firewall technology is competitively priced compared to competitors like WatchGuard. It’s also relatively straightforward to set up in the CLI or Web GUI. However, like all cybersecurity solutions, it’s essential to have ongoing IT support to ensure you’re always at optimal operational efficiency.

While an in-house IT department can be a valuable part of your company and its daily operations, when it comes to cybersecurity, it’s ideal to have 24/7 support. This is why many business owners choose to outsource their IT security to an MSP. In the digital era, network security and data safety are central to the survival of any business, large or small, so it makes sense to ensure there are no chinks in your armour.

Another key reason to opt for outsourced IT support is to take advantage of  the high level of expertise MSPs like Invotec have with Fortinet hardware. If a disaster were to strike your IT network, 24/7 monitoring would only get you halfway toward winning the battle. You’d also want your IT consultants to have specialised knowledge, allowing them to leap into action and nip cyber threats and data breaches in the bud before they can cause any damage.

This is why every member of the Invotec team undergoes extensive training in Fortinet equipment. Their minds are fully stocked with strategies for implementing FortiGate NGFWs and providing the ongoing service and follow-up support needed to keep your connectivity and performance high and the threat of network breaches low. There’s always someone present at the Invotec help desk, meaning our clients enjoy the endless peace of mind that comes from round-the-clock IT support.

The Best Network Security Solution for Melbourne Businesses

As your local Fortinet representatives and network support technicians, Invotec can work with you to determine whether your network needs an entry-level, mid-range, or high-end FortiGate firewall. Our talented technicians will then custom-fit your ideal FortiGate firewall to suit your business needs, network size, and performance demands.

Fortinet’s next-generation firewalls offer a top-tier network security solution for Melbourne businesses, featuring:

  • Highly-rated protection testing by NSS Labs, Virus Bulletin, and AV-Comparatives.
  • Granular control over devices, applications, and users.
  • A user-friendly approach to security via an easily manageable single platform.
  • Targeted attack analysis and adjustment, actionable reports, and better policy enforcement.

The Invotec team loves Fortinet’s firewall technology as much as our customers do, and for precisely the same reasons: They deliver a level of security that renders cyberattacks useless. For you, this means your precious data remains safe, and for us, that translates to a whole lot of job satisfaction.

Fortinet Network Security in Melbourne 

If you’d like to learn more about your network security options, use the form below to contact a helpful Invotec representative today. If you’re ready to chat now, feel free to call 1300 Invotec or (03) 95325165, and we can get started on your Fortinet firewall deployment.

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