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NAN One of Four Nationwide Fortinet Partners With Three or More Advanced Specializations

Nikki Griggs

Jun 15, 2022

NAN is now the only partner on the East Coast with Fortinet’s advanced SD-WAN, LAN Edge & SD-Branch, and Data Center specializations

NORTH ATTLEBORO, MA – June 15th, 2022 – Previously achieved on June 2nd, 2022, North Atlantic Networks (NAN) announces today its status as one of four partners to possess several advanced specializations from Fortinet. It has always been the distinct pleasure of NAN to be counted among the 369 Fortinet partners in the United States. Now, with its elite standing as one of the few with SD-WAN, LAN Edge & SD-Branch, and Data Center specializations, NAN once again is distinguished as a leader in managed security.

Fortinet offers unmatched cybersecurity solutions to safeguard networks of enterprise, SMB, and government organizations on a global level. Since its founding in 2000, Fortinet remains the driving force behind the evolution of cybersecurity and how businesses think of the intersection between networking and security. Additionally, Fortinet is consistently ranked as a leader in Gartner's magic quadrant for network firewalls.

“Our customers are leaders in their industries and are looking for the best security,” says Burke Anderson, NAN’s President and CEO. “From our partnership with Fortinet, we have become one of the most accomplished teams in the country.”

Unlike other managed security service providers that focus on a singular aspect of the managed security posture, NAN provides end-to-end managed cybersecurity and data security protection solutions. Both NAN and Fortinet focus on all aspects of cybersecurity end-to-end (next-generation firewalls, wired solutions, wireless solutions, switching, access points, identity-based policies/access control, and more), while many other companies solely focus on threat management. It is for these reasons that Fortinet has always been the preferred partner for NAN.

“Having run carrier networks for nearly three decades, we have made a commitment to enterprise security and are constantly working toward our goal of maintaining our status,” says Mr. Anderson. “The convergence of enterprise networks and security places NAN at the top of the enterprise expertise stack. The knowledge of both disciplines allows us to design the right network from the start and provides a huge advantage when solving problems with existing networks. Time and time again NAN has solved difficult problems others cannot.”

This classification of NAN is timely as the company draws closer to finalizing the attainment of both Cloud Security and Zero Trust specializations, which will define the company as the only Fortinet partner in the country with such additive credentials. These specializations also bring NAN, once again, to the forefront of mind to any seeking a partner to architect and/or manage complex security solutions for any customer.

“This level of expertise could only have been established by an engineering practice that is second to none,” adds John Gaffney, NAN’s CTO & CISO. “NAN is committed to training our staff and has a very robust training program that includes Fortinet certifications. We consider these specializations and certifications essential components in developing our team to focus not only on getting problems solved but getting them solved correctly.” NAN’s combined experience of over 80 years in Network Security, Fortinet NSE 7 / CISSP-certified engineers, investments in continuing education, and continuous improvement practices are major factors in earning and maintaining these specializations.

Hacking is possible because of mistakes,” says Mr. Gaffney. “Misconfigurations, software bugs, or just leaving the front door open give attackers opportunities to break into networks and cause mayhem. Combating this mayhem is just simply what we do best.”



About NAN Since the days of dial-up internet, North Atlantic Networks (NAN) has been actualizing the harmony of digital transformation and advanced cybersecurity. As such, Fortune and Global 500 companies, government agencies, and the world's most regulated industries trust NAN to safeguard their teams, devices, and information. NAN's domain expertise in the intersection of networking, IT, and emerging technologies informs a holistic security approach addressing all vectors of the attack surface. As part of this discipline, NAN's expertise looks outwardly to each client and the unique factors that drive their operations. Through this visibility and commitment to Customer Success, NAN makes seamless the adoption of technologies into the security fabric of organizations of all sizes. For more information, visit

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