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Fortinet FortiGate Primary Use Case

Owner at Tech Exchange

I specify, configure and deploy firewalls  in organizations with 500 or fewer employees and 15 or fewer sites.  Primarily I choose between Cisco, Sonicwall and Fortigate small and medium sized appliances.  Occasionally I deploy virtual appliances in AWS.   I prefer to use Fortigate firewalls for several reasons- remote access is simple and the included client works with MacOS Windows and IOS devices.  The level of security works well for most clients and the authentication with AD/LDAP makes the solution easier to deploy.  I also find that the clients  appreciate the lower price point than other vendors.

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Solutions Engineer/Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

We are a managed services company, and we are also a partner with Fortinet and Cisco Meraki. The firmware that I just started using is 6.4.4. Most of the FortiGates that I sell are 60E and 60F. For some of our larger customers, I have got a handful of FortiGate 80, 100, and 200.

Fundamentally, its primary purpose is security at the edge of the network. I have got some clients who are starting to use the SD-WAN feature for a multi-location setup. I have got other clients who are using a lot of IPSec tunnels. I also have some clients who, with the increase in remote workers, are taking advantage of the FortiClient product that ties in. They are using that for remote VPN connections. 

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JC
Network Security Engineer at a performing arts with 201-500 employees

We primarily use the solution as a firewall.

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Director at a integrator with 11-50 employees

We used FG-90D as UTM device to protect some users and servers, and also to enable inter-vlan routing with advanced security policies inside our lab zone. Also used FG-500D in transparent mode in front of Cisco ASA for advanced and high performance protection by applying IPS, AV, AntiSpam, App.Control and DoS-protection profiles.

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EP
Director of IT with 51-200 employees

We primarily use this solution as a firewall.

It's our main firewall, but we're planning to replace it with a pfSense for reasons I will discuss.

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JT
CEO/CTO with 201-500 employees

We primarily use the solution as a hardware firewall. In China, there's a lot of content that would be available in the West that isn't allowed here. We're able to block certain content from getting through filters.

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Security Engineer at Hitachi Systems, Ltd.

Most organizations use the Fortinet firewall as perimeter security at the gateway level.

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Owner at Computech Associates

We are basically system integrators. We design and implement firewall solutions for our customers. We also provide after-sales services. 

We have deployed this firewall for different types of clients. We are providing solutions starting with FG-30E, which is the lowest model in the FortiGate series, and up to 1000 series.

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MS
President at Sovereign Mange Services

The purpose of this solution is to provide intrusion protection and more robust endpoint security for small offices. We are providing an enterprise solution for a small business by adding endpoint protection coupled with Intrusion Detection and Protection.  For small offices needing HIPAA compliance, we need to make sure we are providing robust protection instead of the default modem gateway provided by the ISP.

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MS
Lead Architect at a computer software company with 51-200 employees

We use this solution for different reasons.

We use it for the firewall with SDWAN functionality

We use it in some use cases as a VPN Server.

 We use it as a Wi-Fi controller on some sites.

We use if for internal network segregation and routing

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NN
IT Infrastructure Specialist at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees

We utilize the services to ensure the stability of our network and clients protection from external treats. With the recent pandemic mobile working have increased in demand and Fortinet have easily bridge that gap to continue to support employee needs.

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Senior Network Architect at Combat Networks

Our clients' main use case for Fortinet FortiGate is for the firewall on the outside perimeter to the internet. Some of them have started using it for SD-WAN.

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UB
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

We are a system integrator and Fortigate is one of the firewalls that we implement for our clients. I am a solution architect.

Our primary use for this firewall is the IPS.

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CEO at Acme Technologies

We are selling FortiGate 60E and 200E. I mostly look after imports and finance, and my sales team and my corporate manager look after the business. Currently, we are buying renewals for our customers from a local distributor.

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VK
Network Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

In most cases, we use the solution as a firewall to access the internet. For example, we use Cisco Wireless for our clients to have access to the network and we use within the same solution the FortiGate Firewall for them to access the internet as well.

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JS
Network Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

I primarily use the solution for network security - especially for the VPN connection, the remote site connection. 

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AC
Sales Engineer - Sênior at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

We primarily use the solution just for internal segmentation and connection of some ranges using IPSec.

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JA
Project Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

I'm primarily using the solution for security purposes, and also for managing the network for various companies. I am deploying it for uniting management statuses, in order to be able to manage everything inside and to control security policies. It can fight against attacks to the system or for email searches. It is basically a central management security appliance.

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Sr. Network Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 5,001-10,000 employees

We have created a virtual cloud on-prem, providing services to our different IT domains in terms of software, database and ERP. We've also created a virtual firewall handling the security and protecting servers in the network. No unwanted or unauthorized user can access the servers. That's a good sign of security and the handling of the network. It provides us with oversight. I'm a senior network engineer and we are customers of Fortinet. 

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IT Specialist at Divante

IPS is the main use case because we want to protect our devices, users, and data from external dangers. 

We most probably are using the model of the last year. If the services connected to the hardware are possible on the cloud, we always prefer the cloud. The hardware must be placed on-premises. 

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SK
Lead Program Manager at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

We have both on-premises as well as virtual firewall servers. We have quite a few FortiGate firewalls as part of our infrastructure. We are using Check Point more from the perimeter perspective. It is only there on the perimeter.

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Technical Account Manager at DSM Technology Consultants, LLC

We are an IT service provider. We provide solutions to our customers based on what their needs are.

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RJ
Firewall Engineer at a marketing services firm with 1-10 employees

We primarily use the solution for its security features and performance. We enable features that assist with web filtering, application consoles, and IPS.

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SH
CEO at SAYCOM

We are resellers. We provide products and services to our customers.

It's not just one product. We have been using and installing different kinds of solutions for more than ten years.

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MH
Managing Director at FORESEC

Our primary use case for Fortinet FortiGate is for the center firewalls. We use the VMware server. That seems good and acceptable to the customers.

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SP
Data Center Operations and Customer Support Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

We use FortiGate as our primary firewall that acts as the perimeter between the internet and our on-premises network. It is used as a security measure for about 2000 users that go out to the internet from here.

Along with FortiGate we also use other products like F5 for our network and app security. And for network equipment, we use Cisco products.

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SR
Project Manager at renaissance group

We primarily use the solution for security - for the firewall.

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LW
Consultant at Resolve Technology

We mostly use the solution for our internet-facing firewall.

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MA
Manager IT at Riphah

We primarily use the solution for security, including threat prevention.

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MP
IT Operations Director at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

We primarily use the solution for edge protection as well as the VPN and SD-WAN.

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IT Manager at KSB MIL Controls Limited

We primarily use the solution for a firewall plus as an overall UTM. We do not, however, use it as an SD-WAN.

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SW
Compliance Officer at a venture capital & private equity firm with 11-50 employees

We primarily use this solution for our network, as virtual security of the network. It helps protect us and keeps us safe.

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IT Infrastructure Engineer at Communication Progress

Our primary use case of this solution for our clients is for protecting internal networks with data center firewalls, internal segmentation and next generation firewalls. 

We are a gold partner of Fortinet.

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Senior Information Security Consultant at Alkhorayef

We are using the FortiGate firewall for multiple purposes including network antivirus, Application Control, Web Filtering, IPSec Tunnels, and SSL-VPN using soft FortiTokens.

For the past year, we have also been using this technology for Secure SD-WAN. This added a lot of value in terms of technology, such as datacenter connectivity using IPSec tunnel-added security filters, with less cost by canceling MPLS.

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ME
Technical Lead at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

We primarily use the solution for the firewall. We use it for a perimeter firewall or access firewall inside the network to allow some zones to be disabled from one zone to another zone. 

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Technical Services Manager at ProComm technologies

We're using it as an edge or a perimeter firewall. We have also used it to segment our LAN in terms of the endpoints and the servers, and we're also using it for remote access using SSL VPN. We have two other sites that we connect through FortiGate by using an IPSec, and we have integrated it with FortiAuthenticator for two-factor authentication and FortiAnalyzer to analyze logs and things like that. We are currently using the FortiGate 1200D series and running the latest software.

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IQ
Branch Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

We primarily use the solution for network security and security next-generation firewalls.

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RJ
Director at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

We have used the solution as a perimeter firewall. We are using it as an anti-ATP solution also.

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IT & PPN Coordinator at a manufacturing company

Our organization has 45 branches. We use the Fortigate 200 models at our data centers and have centralized connectivity between our different branches and our data centers.

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PH
Deputy Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

We primarily use the solution for the firewall for the most part. It's to help us with security on our network.

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TF
Officer / General Manager Software R&D Laboratory at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees

We primarily use the solution for the VPN.

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Head of Customer Success at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

We are system integrators, and this is one of the products that we implement for our clients.

The primary use case of this solution is as a firewall, with advanced capability features for sandboxing, for preventing ransomware and other related threats. 

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Security Solutions Architect at Verizon Communications

We are currently using manual router failover that can be configured on the Fortinet security appliance’s second network interface to provide network edge redundancy if the primary managed router fails. If the edge router fails, traffic can be moved to the security appliance with a simple cable swap.

We are looking for a fully redundant solution with automatic failover between both Fortinet Security appliances. I am currently looking at battle card information between Fortinet and Zscaler. I have to do a competitive analysis.

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DB
Security Systems Analyst at a retailer with 5,001-10,000 employees

We have some that are doing IPS, and we have some that are for AV. That's basically their main role. We are using one version below the current release.

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SK
Deputy General Manager Information Technology at a media company with 201-500 employees

We use it for routing and restricting user access.

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PH
President at Integral Design Software

I am primarily using FortiGate to provide a hardware VPN or an equipment base of VPN to a central office. I am only using a small fraction of its capabilities, so I'm not pushing it at the edges.

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JH
Engineer at The Learning Network

Our primary use case of this solution is for the firewall and IPS; the security on behalf of our network, to support north and south traffic. We are customers of Fortinet and I'm a systems engineer.

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Manager - IT at Mosambee - Synergistic Financial Networks

We are dealing in the payment business where we provide services to end-users, and FortiGate is part of our security solution.

The customers swipe their cards into our product, which transmits the data through another server to the acquirer or bank. The server is hosted behind the FortiGate firewall, so all of the traffic that comes in and out goes through the firewall policies, intrusion detection, and instruction prevention systems.

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IT Director at Guangdong Technion Institute of Technology

This Fortinet product is a firewall system, acting as our perimeter firewall. Generally speaking we use this system as a security product to defend from any attacks and to protect our internal network. We are very happy with the security features afforded by this product.

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RJ
Firewall Engineer at a marketing services firm with 1-10 employees

I use the solution primarily for the VPN connections in local area. In some cases, I use it at universities in order to secure the local network in the university, such as servers and backup devices.

I have also used the solution as a load balancer and the EMS functionality, which I use as a controller for wireless devices.

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SN
Product Manager at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

We use this product as a perimeter firewall and also in the role of a firewall as a service for our cloud.

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AN
System Administrator at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees

The primary use case of this solution is as a firewall.

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QV
IT Infrastructure managerInformation an Communication Services Manager at a agriculture with 5,001-10,000 employees

We've used this solution for the guest portal for our client and we also use it to secure the network of our firm. I am the IT infrastructure manager and we are customers of Fortinet. 

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VD
Information Security at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees

Our primary use case of this solution is for the UTM it offers and the access to VPN. We have branches in Rio, Singapore and the UK. I'm an information security manager and we are customers of Fortinet. 

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DO
System Administrator at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The solution is recommended for medium-sized and enterprise businesses that want their sensitive information secured.

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MC
System ADM at a recreational facilities/services company with 501-1,000 employees

We use this solution as our Firewall.

FortiGate is a service, and because of that, I don't use it very much. The equipment is for the operator that monitors who is on the internet, nothing more.

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Senior solution architect at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

The typical next-generation firewall use case is to restrict access to the users by using a firewall.

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Sr. Corporate Marketing Executive at Amity Infosoft Pvt. Ltd.

VPN Over 3 Location Across India and We Get SD-Wan + UTM from Fortinet and Final got Solution SDWAN as well as UTM for Every Location 

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MR
Junior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

We are a solution provider and FortiGate is one of the security products that we implement for our customers.

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Head Of IT Infrastructure at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

Our primary use case is for a data center firewall. I've been using Fortigate but I'm also currently evaluating Cisco and Check Point. We are customers of Fortinet and I'm in IT infrastructure. 

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PD
Group Leader – FM Operations Team at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

We're using both firewall and UTM features, as well as the inbound and outbound traffic load-balancing functionality. We are also using the VPN.

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NW
Head of Technical at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

Fortinet products are used mostly for internet firewalls. Fortinet's has a great reputation, and all our computer operators are very happy with it. When it comes to firewalls, Fortinet packages are very attractive, which also helps.

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MK
Dy General Manager at a real estate/law firm with 501-1,000 employees

We use the solution for network security protection.

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AJ
Telecommunications Engineer at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees

We are using this solution to protect our network on every site. We are using it as a Network Firewall.

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TK
CIO at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees

We are using this solution to filter communication to and from the website or our site. 

We also use it to create a VPN connection for all of our sites in the world.

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MV
Senior Information Technology Auditor at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

We use it as an end-server and to block traffic.

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IT Manager at Hadef & Partners

The primary use case of this solution is as a firewall and UTM machine.

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President at simnet

Typically, we use Fortinet FortiGate with edge devices for businesses. 

We also use them to integrate with a SIEM product and we use it for detailed analytics.

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YK
IT Professional at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees

We use Fortinet FortiGate mainly for firewall and VPN purposes. 

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IK
System Administrator at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees

We use this firewall as part of our security solution.

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MR
Network Security Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

I use Fortinet FortiGate mostly for security purposes.

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CEO e confundador at Infinity Learning

We use it to protect our or our customers' full environment by using features such as IPS signatures, VPN, endpoint protection, and antivirus.

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AL
GM: Information Systems at a logistics company with 501-1,000 employees

We use it to create a WAN. We also use it for the UTM firewall.

We don't have the latest versions. We've got the 60Ds and 30E products.

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JM
Network Manager at a transportation company with 5,001-10,000 employees

We use it as a firewall for securing our HQ and branch.

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AM
Chief Information Officer at teamddt

We use Fortinet FortiGate to implement firewalls for our customers.

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Director/Owner at Miodesk

We use this firewall as part of our security solution.

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SC
System Administrator at a media company with 11-50 employees

I primarily use this solution for external security of our network.

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Specialist of IT Solutions at INTERNEXA

We primarily use this solution as a security perimeter and for VPN. We are partners of Fortinet. 

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RW
Documentation Manager at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

I used FortiGate only for the firewall.

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TN
Sales engineer/Technical support engineer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

I deploy SD-WAN and we use it for a next-gen firewall.

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JG
Junior Support Analyst at a pharma/biotech company with 201-500 employees

We use this solution for marketing and manipulation purposes.

Within our organization, there are roughly 500 people using this solution.

At the moment, we don't have any plans to extend our usage of this solution — currently, we are happy with the way things are.

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IT Analyst at Comdados

We are resellers of Fortinet FortiGate.

We use this solution locally and as a VPN.

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JT
Chief Information Officer at a analyst firm with 10,001+ employees

We use it for our paralegal security, our internet operations, and network zone segmentation.

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AC
Network Engineer at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees

Foremost, we mainly used it as a firewall. we also use it for low sharing between circuits.

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Presales Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

We are a solution integrator and FortiGate is one of the security products that we implement for our clients.

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ML
Network Engineer with 51-200 employees

This firewall is an antivirus, protects against spam, and is an IPS.

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MD
Senior Scientist at Ats, iNC.

FortiGate is used as the primary firewall and malware detection device for the company.

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