Fortinet announces AI-powered XDR for fully automated threat detection, investigation, and response

Fortinet

FortiXDR is the only extended detection and response solution that can autonomously manage cyber incidents from identification to remediation 

John Maddison, EVP of products and CMO, Fortinet said, “Cybercriminals are using sophisticated—and increasingly intelligent—tools to target vulnerable network edges resulting from digital innovation. As a result, organisations need smarter, faster security operations to combat sophisticated, organised cybercrime. FortiXDR is the only XDR solution that leverages artificial intelligence to replicate the hands-on investigation that otherwise leaves organisations playing catch up. Applied across the Security Fabric platform, it helps enterprises keep pace with today’s accelerating threat landscape, even for organisations limited by small teams and few tools.” 

News summary 

Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, has announced a new Extended Detection and Response (XDR) solution, FortiXDR, designed to reduce complexity, speed detection, and coordinate response to cyberattacks across the organisation. FortiXDR is the only solution of its kind to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) for the investigation effort critical to incident response. Expanding on the cloud-native endpoint platform of FortiEDR, it enhances an organisation’s Security Fabric and the threat protection powered by FortiGuard Labs security services. Specifically, FortiXDR can fully automate security operations processes typically handled by experienced security analysts to mitigate threats faster across the broad attack surface. 

XDR solutions solve critical security challenges 

The large number of security products typically deployed by enterprises has resulted in an unmanageable volume of security information that can actually mask threats, leaving security teams struggling to detect and respond to cyberattacks. As a result, a majority of organisations are either currently or planning in the next two to three years to consolidate security vendors. 

Many organisations are gravitating toward consolidation based on an XDR solution. Gartner defines XDR as “a security incident detection and response platform that automatically collects and correlates data from multiple security products.”[1] XDR provides an intelligent and automated way to tie traditionally isolated solutions into a single system. 

However, while XDR solutions can ease some of the challenges related to vendor complexity, most focus on cross-product alert correlation and still require significant manual intervention of teams already stretched thin due to the cyber skills gap. Security teams require an XDR solution that can automate the entire process, from detection to event investigation to remediating security incidents. 

Fortinet brings artificial intelligence to XDR 

Unlike other solutions, FortiXDR is AI-powered by a patent-pending Dynamic Control Flow Engine and continually trained by the threat data and research of FortiGuard Labs as well as the frontline expertise of its incident responders. The solution starts by leveraging the diverse security information shared across the Fortinet Security Fabric for correlation and analysis, converting them into high fidelity security incidents. These are then investigated by the AI engine, just as a seasoned security analyst would, to come to a final threat classification and scope. Finally, the best possible contextual responses are defined and can be automatically implemented to quickly remediate confirmed incidents.  

Key benefits of FortiXDR include: 

  • Dramatically reduces the number of alerts across products—by 77 per cent or more on average. 
  • Handles complex tasks in seconds that would take experts with specialised tools 30 minutes or more to accomplish. And without human error. 
  • Enables the consolidation of independent security products and an automatic, coordinated response. 
  • Fully automates intelligent incident investigation rather than relying on scarce human resources. 

Reduce time to detection and response 

Additionally, FortiXDR can ingest telemetry from more aspects of an organisation than any other solution, increasing the chance of detecting and properly classifying attacks. It also covers more of the cyberkill chain stages and supports more points of response to mitigate the impact of an attack more effectively than competitive solutions. All of this enables organisations to reduce mean time to detection (MTTD) and mean time to response (MTTR), while improving security operations efficiency and security posture. As a result, FortiXDR enables organisations to reduce the risk of missing potentially crippling cyberattacks like ransomware, phishing, and more, all while easing the burden on small security teams. 

FortiXDR and the Fortinet Security Fabric 

Fortinet’s platform approach, the Fortinet Security Fabric, leverages the top-rated, global security services of FortiGuard Labs to stop as many attacks as possible across the digital attack surface. It also provides the perfect foundation for XDR – with a common data structure, correlated telemetry, unified visibility, native integration and seamless interoperation. Now, FortiXDR layers on automated analytics, incident investigation and pre-defined responses out of the box. 

The right-fit solution for any size organisation 

FortiXDR joins Fortinet’s industry-leading portfolio of AI-driven Security Operations offerings, including incident response components suitable for organisation of any size or sophistication. FortiXDR’s “out of the box” operation makes it perfect for most midmarket and average enterprise organisations with limited teams, tools and processes. For organisations with more staff, solutions and systemic process, FortiSIEM adds multi-vendor visibility while FortiSOAR orchestrates response. This family of products deliver the right-fit solution to organisations of any size to help teams reduce the risk potential of security incidents by blocking more, detecting sooner, and responding faster. 

Supporting quotes 

“We know that even experienced security professionals struggle with a range of threat detection and response challenges. Our recent research found that two thirds (67 per cent) of organisations manage threat detection and response using an assortment of point tools. Further, nearly half report they rely on manual processes for threat detection and response and struggle with the daily volume of security alerts, so it’s not surprising that 23 per cent are already working on an XDR project and a further 70 per cent expect to have budget to invest in XDR over the next 12 months. With the introduction of FortiXDR, Fortinet is well positioned to emerge as a major player in the XDR market.” 

– Jon Oltsik, senior principal analyst, ESG 

“Many customers, especially those with smaller teams, are looking to consolidate individual point products deployed over time with an integrated solution set that is much more manageable and effective. FortiXDR will allow us to offer customers a differentiated approach to consolidation and extended detection and response, powered by the industry’s most sophisticated artificial intelligence technology. In a field where seconds matter, this helps reduce the risk of missing potentially crippling cyberattacks. FortiXDR is another example of the innovation Fortinet is delivering with its Security Fabric.” 

– Andrew Hammond, director of strategic services, Liquid Networx 

“Before FortiXDR our team would have to make a decision between investigating numerous alerts across our many platforms and performing other more visible business objectives. The FortiXDR platform is able to automatically digest and investigate, alleviating us from this balancing act. Given that each incident may take up to 45 minutes to investigate, we have not only gained the ability to have a more competent security review but also allowed staff to focus on what they do best. Further, the FortiGuard Managed Detection Response Service team works in concert with our business direction to ensure that FortiXDR automates a standard playbook for responding to threats and unwanted programs. They are available for escalations during an immediate incident and provide a wonderful augment to my high-level system and security administrators. This augmentation has allowed us to lower our callback expenses for after hour incidents and allows me to empower my Helpdesk staff to achieve rapid resolution without needing to escalate through our internal support tiers.” 

– Jay Larson, IT director, Summit Healthcare 

Additional resources 

  • Visit the blog to find out more about FortiXDR and how security teams can take control of security operations with consolidation and XDR. 
  • Read the ESG Survey Report to learn how security practitioners view the threat detection process, top challenges and plans for XDR. 
  • Find out how the Fortinet Security Fabric platform delivers broad, integrated, and automated protection across an organisation’s entire digital infrastructure. 
  • Learn more about FortiGuard Labs threat intelligence and research and the FortiGuard Security Subscriptions and Services portfolio. 

Reference:

[1] Firstbrook and Lawson, “Innovation Insight for Extended Detection and Response” Gartner, March 19, 2020. 

About Fortinet 
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organisations around the world. Fortinet empowers our customers with complete visibility and control across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements today and into the future. Only the Fortinet Security Fabric platform can address the most critical security challenges and protect data across the entire digital infrastructure, whether in networked, application, multi-cloud or edge environments. Fortinet ranks #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide and more than 480,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. Both a technology company and a learning organisation, the Fortinet Network Security Expert (NSE) Training Institute has one of the largest and broadest cybersecurity training programs in the industry. Learn more at https://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs

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Konica Minolta wins 12 BLI Awards for its bizhub i-Series, including ‘A3 Line of the Year’

Konica Minolta Australia

Konica Minolta’s devices stand out for reliability, quality and usability 

Sydney, Australia – Konica Minolta has received 12 Buyers Lab (BLI) Awards from Keypoint Intelligence, the world’s leading independent evaluator of document imaging hardware, software and services. All devices acknowledged are from Konica Minolta’s new bizhub i-Series, underlining the successful relaunch of the company’s multi-functional print devices (MFP) range. In addition to 10 BLI 2021 Pick Awards for its bizhub A3 MFPs, Konica Minolta secured the BLI 2021 A3 Line of The Year Award. Based on long-term comprehensive testing, Konica Minolta was further acknowledged with the BLI 2021-2023 Most Colour Consistent A3 Brand Award. 

Companies demand consistent quality, reliability and the highest levels of usability from their office printers; it is in exactly these areas that Konica Minolta’s A3 bizhub i-Series range impressed the testers from Keypoint Intelligence. Twelve Konica Minolta bizhub A3 MFPs received the highly recommended overall rating for outstanding performance in Keypoint Intelligence lab testing. Ten of those models earned Pick Awards in their respective segments: bizhub C250i; C300i; C450i; C550i; C650i; 300i; 360i; 450i; 550i; and 750i. This earned Konica Minolta the ‘BLI 2021 A3 Line of the Year’ award. 

Mark Brown, general manager – marketing, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “Konica Minolta is proud to receive this acknowledgment and the awards are testament to the success of Konica Minolta’s newest generation of bizhub i-Series A3 MFP devices.”  

Mark Brown said, “With smart MFPs like the bizhub i-Series, Konica Minolta continues to strengthen its position as a reliable partner for intelligent office printing with the needs of the customer at the centre of every device and service Konica Minolta creates.”  

The BLI 2021-2023 Most Colour Consistent A3 Brand Award further demonstrates that Konica Minolta’s MFPs can deliver repeatable high-quality printing results. For this award, Keypoint Intelligence analysed colour consistency for more than 20 years and included the last five years of results in this evaluation. Technicians print IT8 colour charts at specific test points throughout a device’s reliability test, which are then measured using Xrite i1Profiler software together with the i1Pro2 spectrophotometer/iO table combination.  

About Konica Minolta Australia    

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.    

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.     

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); data analytics; and 3D, now.    

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.    

For more information visit: https://www.konicaminolta.com.au/products/office-printing/office-multifunction-printers 

Micro Focus appoints Jonty Collins as ANZ channel director

Micro Focus has announced the appointment of a new channel director for Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), Jonty Collins.  

Jonty brings with him more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry, having previously worked as a training manager, systems engineer, in presales positions and as director of sales, before moving into the channel. He has held positions as channel director at AvePoint and, in his most recent role, was partner business manager at Commvault. Jonty’s experience, along with his interest in end-user productivity and collaboration, and his open and transparent communication strategy, gives him empathy for all parties involved in the channel as well as an understanding of the workings for all parts of businesses.  

In his role as ANZ channel director, Jonty will look to provide a balance of resources across the ANZ region, ensuring a consistency of engagement to make sure there is regular interaction with the channel. He will take a back-to-basics approach to good partnerships, which will ensure good investments, improve partner profits, deliver a better understanding of Micro Focus partner programs, and provide more education for partners.  

Peter Fuller, managing director – Australia and New Zealand, Micro Focus, said, “Micro Focus is excited to welcome Jonty onboard. He brings with him a wealth of experience that is an asset to strengthening relationships and profits for the Micro Focus channel community.”  

Jonty Collins said, “Micro Focus provides me with the opportunity to move into a larger enterprise space with a dynamic customer base and more a complex product portfolio. I enjoy the challenge of helping partners and customers use technology to build solutions and improve processes. 

“Taking a back-to-basics approach is about building relationships with Micro Focus partners, which facilitates more engagement and return on investment in the channel. Micro Focus will provide more investment in the partner space, including providing resources for presales, sales and education about Micro Focus technology, to facilitate strong growth for partners in the region.” 

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About Micro Focus  

Micro Focus delivers enterprise software to empower our 40,000 customers worldwide to digitally transform. With a broad portfolio, underpinned by a robust analytics ecosystem, the company enables customers to address the four core pillars of digital transformation: Enterprise DevOps, Hybrid IT Management, Predictive Analytics and Security, Risk & Governance.  By design, these tools bridge the gap between existing and emerging technologies so customers can run and transform at the same time.  

Fortinet acquires network monitoring and remediation innovator Panopta

Panopta SaaS-based hybrid infrastructure monitoring and diagnostics platform to further ensure Fortinet customer networks are high performing and secure through automated NetSec Ops 

Ken Xie, founder, chairman of the board, and CEO, said, “Given the complex and distributed nature of many IT environments, organisations need a high performance, secure network to successfully achieve their digital business initiatives. With the convergence of security and networking through a Security-driven Network approach organisations can get the connectivity and performance that is crucial to protect today’s hyper-connected businesses. Fortinet’s acquisition of Panopta complements our best-in-class security offerings with a SaaS platform that provides further network visibility and agile remediation for hybrid environments, including edge and cloud networks, to achieve even greater security and business efficiency.” 

News summary 

Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, has announced it has acquired Panopta, the SaaS platform innovator that provides full stack visibility and automated management of the health of an enterprise network, including servers, network devices, containers, applications, databases, virtual appliances, and cloud infrastructure. 

Customers are accelerating their digital innovation initiatives and user experience determines the success of an application. Making sure infrastructure has 100 per cent uptime is critical. Panopta’s cloud-based solution delivers a complete picture of every service, network device, and application in any deployment, whether it is containers, cloud, on-prem, or hybrid. Fortinet’s Security Fabric, combined with Panopta’s scalable, network monitoring and diagnostics platform, enables Fortinet to offer the most comprehensive network and security operations management solution for enterprises or service providers. 

In addition to further improving customers’ hybrid network infrastructure security and performance, the combined solution is expected to enhance real-time monitoring and effectiveness of the infrastructure that powers Fortinet’s security services, including cloud-based. For instance, SASE service, email, security analytics, and web application firewalls will benefit from the continuous monitoring and diagnostics provided by Panopta’s platform. Integration between Panopta’s solution and Fortinet’s FortiGate Next-generation Firewall and Secure SD-WAN solution will further enhance SD-WAN connectivity and performance. Furthermore, integration of Panopta’s automated incident management with our SOAR platform can deliver a single platform view for IT teams to diagnose and resolve real-time network health incidents proactively. 

Panopta’s platform is built to be partner friendly, empowering MSSPs, and value-add partners to easily integrate the multi-tenant solution into their own offering and quickly add value to their end customers. The Panopta solution’s role-based access control delivers a granular governance layer between customers, and also within the Network Operations Center (NOC) and Security Operations Center (SOC) teams. 

In the current remote workforce environment, the availability, performance, security, and quality of an application and its components all impact the end-user experience. Panopta’s solution analyses both network health metrics and application performance to identify potential problem areas that may impact user access, and enables rapid, automated remediation (also called digital experience monitoring or DEM). 

With the Panopta acquisition, Fortinet will deliver the industry’s most comprehensive Security-driven Networking platform by adding new capabilities in network monitoring, detection and incident response. Features will include: 

  • Unified monitoring and automated incident management that reduces response and resolution times for NOC teams and, in turn, helps exceed SLAs. 
  • Over 50 global points of presence (PoPS) with low-cost probes to simulate application performance and latency that may impact end user experience (also known as synthetic transaction monitoring). 
  • Cloud native monitoring for Kubernetes and PaaS workloads in AWS and Azure. 
  • Fully configurable alerting workflows with out-of-the-box integrations for third-party enterprise and modern communication tools. 
  • Another first-class partner-friendly service offering that remains true to Fortinet’s ongoing commitment to its valued partners. 

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Additional resources 

  • Learn more about how this acquisition strengthens Fortinet’s security portfolio and delivers the most comprehensive Security-driven Networking platform on the market. Additional insights into the acquisition can be found in this blog
  • Find out how the Fortinet Security Fabric platform delivers broad, integrated, and automated protection across an organisation’s entire digital infrastructure. 

About Fortinet 
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organisations around the world. Fortinet empowers our customers with complete visibility and control across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements today and into the future. Only the Fortinet Security Fabric platform can address the most critical security challenges and protect data across the entire digital infrastructure, whether in networked, application, multi-cloud or edge environments. Fortinet ranks #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide and more than 480,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. Both a technology company and a learning organisation, the Fortinet Network Security Expert (NSE) Training Institute has one of the largest and broadest cybersecurity training programs in the industry. Learn more at https://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs

Copyright © 2020 Fortinet, Inc. All rights reserved. The symbols ® and  denote respectively federally registered trademarks and common law trademarks of Fortinet, Inc., its subsidiaries and affiliates. Fortinet’s trademarks include, but are not limited to, the following: Fortinet, FortiGate, FortiGuard, FortiCareFortiManagerFortiAnalyzerFortiOSFortiADCFortiAPFortiAppMonitorFortiASICFortiAuthenticatorFortiBridgeFortiCacheFortiCameraFortiCASB, FortiClient, FortiCloudFortiConnectFortiControllerFortiConverterFortiDBFortiDDoSFortiExplorerFortiExtenderFortiFoneFortiCarrierFortiHypervisorFortiIsolatorFortiMailFortiMonitorFortiNACFortiPlannerFortiPortalFortiPresence , FortiProxyFortiRecorderFortiSandboxFortiSIEMFortiSwitchFortiTesterFortiTokenFortiVoiceFortiWANFortiWebFortiWiFiFortiWLCFortiWLCOS and FortiWLM. 

Other trademarks belong to their respective owners. Fortinet has not independently verified statements or certifications herein attributed to third parties and Fortinet does not independently endorse such statements. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, nothing herein constitutes a warranty, guarantee, contract, binding specification or other binding commitment by Fortinet or any indication of intent related to a binding commitment, and performance and other specification information herein may be unique to certain environments. This news release may contain forward-looking statements that involve uncertainties and assumptions, such as statements regarding technology releases among others. Changes of circumstances, product release delays, or other risks as stated in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, located at www.sec.gov, may cause results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in this press release. If the uncertainties materialise or the assumptions prove incorrect, results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. Fortinet assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, and expressly disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements. 

RSM expands leadership team with new partner and principal appointments in Queensland and across Australia

RSM Australia (RSM), one of the largest mid-tier accounting firms in Australia, has announced the appointment of new partners and principals across Australia, expanding the leadership team and signalling an ongoing commitment to growth.  

Stephen Stavrou is new to RSM and has been appointed as partner, Brisbane Assurance and Advisory. Stephen spent 30 years at Deloitte, where he held various roles and leadership positions, with 15 years as a partner. His background and training is in external audit, control and governance processes, finance transformation, due diligence (including IPOs) and special investigations. Immediately prior to joining RSM, Stephen spent a year as an independent consultant to the Queensland government in a solutions-focused capacity.  

Andy Graham, managing partner, Brisbane, RSM Australia, said, “RSM in Queensland has grown from three partners in 2018 to nine partners as we close out 2020. This growth has been driven by continued strength in the resources sector, as well as other key industries that RSM serves.” 

Stephen Stavrou, partner, Brisbane Assurance and Advisory, RSM Australia, said, “I’m excited to join the team where I can bring my specific skills to bear, especially in servicing clients in the public sector, resources, and retail industries, as well as a broad range of other industries. We anticipate that increasing demand in Queensland will see the Brisbane audit practice double in size within the next three years, and we anticipate similar growth in the advisory side of the business. I look forward to helping these non-audit clients with their financial and business transformation and process improvements, and assisting them identify and solve issues before they affect the business.” 

RSM’s expansion isn’t limited to Queensland, with partner appointments in Sydney and Perth, and principal appointments around the country.  

Peter Revelas has been promoted to partner, Sydney Business Advisory. Peter has worked in chartered firms since 2001. He joined RSM in 2011, where he provides a commercial application of technical tax and accounting skills to suit the needs of his clients, which range from family groups and small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) to corporate clients. Peter helps clients manage wealth and succession, establish structures, and implement processes and systems to achieve operational efficiency and cost effectiveness.  

Justin Audcent has been promoted to partner, Perth Corporate Finance. Justin has more than 25 years’ professional experience and has advised on more than 200 successful corporate mergers and acquisitions, private equity and capital markets transactions, and international and cross-border deals. He joined RSM in 2017 and held previous roles at Crowe Horwath, Ernst & Young, and HLB Mann Judd. Justin’s clients include ASX-listed companies, owner-managed businesses, and large not-for-profit organisations.  

Jamie O’Rourke, national chairman, RSM Australia, said, “2020 has demonstrated that expert business advisory and financial management are crucial for organisations looking to survive in the long term. This has driven significant growth for RSM and I’m pleased to announce these new partnership appointments in response to that growth and in preparation for further expansion.  

“Peter, Justin, and Stephen each bring unique and extensive skills to the team and will play a key role in building out the capabilities of RSM’s teams in Sydney, Perth, and Brisbane.” 

New principals include: 

  • Emma Brown, Sydney Business Advisory 
  • Travis Connell, Albury Business Advisory 
  • AJ Neo, Perth Assurance and Advisory 
  • Michael Palermo, Perth Technology Consulting 
  • Myles Pover, Sydney Business Advisory 
  • Anthony Riding, Ballarat Financial Services 
  • Danielle Sherwin, Sydney Tax Services 
  • Lauren Taylor, Perth Business Advisory 
  • Peter Xi, Sydney Research and Development.  

Jamie O’Rourke, said, “These new principals are geographically dispersed, demonstrating the broadscale growth that RSM has achieved this year across the country. Each of these principals has contributed strongly to their clients’ successes and is well-placed to continue helping clients chart a path to economic recovery in 2021.  

“With these highly experienced and knowledgeable leaders in place, RSM looks forward to helping more clients throughout 2021 and beyond.” 

These new partner and principal appointments bring the total RSM Australia leadership group to 159. 

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About RSM Australia  
RSM Australia is a full-service national accounting and advisory firm delivering expert corporate financial and advisory accounting services to clients across diverse industry sectors. Its one-firm structure means clients can more readily connect to its extensive national and international networks, expertise and industry experience. Nationally RSM has 31 offices, combined with over 95 years’ experience. Its global network spans across 116 countries and comprises 750 offices.  

Y Soft and Paytec establish new partnership to foster commercial growth in Australia and New Zealand

Y Soft Corporation, the leading enterprise workflow solutions provider, has announced a new partnership with software solutions provider, Paytec. Through this partnership, Paytec will sell direct to end customers and offer Y Soft’s solutions through its extensive network of resellers. 

Adam O’Neill, managing director – Australia and New Zealand, Y Soft, said, “Y Soft chose Paytec because of the depth of its expertise in providing print, document and workflow management solutions in Australia and New Zealand across a range of industries. This will open up new market opportunities for  

Y Soft. In addition, Paytec has a strong reputation in Y Soft’s key verticals such as education and legal, which will provide additional growth for Y Soft.” 

Matt Ryan, national channel director, Paytec, said, “Paytec is looking to extend its reach in Australia and New Zealand, particularly into larger commercial deals. Y Soft is strong in this area, with cloud-based solutions that help organisations reduce on-premise infrastructure. This was a key part of what made this partnership so attractive to Paytec. 

“In addition, Y Soft’s strength in education aligns perfectly with Paytec’s customer base in education. Paytec can already see a huge opportunity when it comes to Y Soft’s 3D printing solution, YSoft BE3D eDee and its YSoft BE3D Academy, an online collection of 3D lesson plans designed for educators, which will help Paytec dominate the 3D space in schools and education facilities.” 

Paytec also has its own purpose-built solutions, such as its transaction management solution for cash-free environments, which complement Y Soft’s offerings. This is particularly attractive in vocational institutions and universities that are increasingly demanding cashless printing options, which has only increased since COVID-19. 

Adam O’Neill said, “Overall, this partnership will be a collaboration in which both companies will work closely together and share intellectual property and resources to extend the reach of Y Soft solutions in the region, helping both businesses grow.” 

“Y Soft sees huge potential in partnering with mid-tier organisations that can be flexible and agile in their approach to delivering solutions that work for end customers. Y Soft, in turn, looks to provide ways for partners to maximise their return on the partnership through training, support and specialist expertise.”  

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About Paytec 

Paytec provides tailored office technology and workflow solutions that drive operational efficiencies and enable its customers to focus on their primary business. With a relentless commitment to customer satisfaction, Paytec is regarded as an unrivalled provider of best in class software solutions. It leverages industry-leading technology and people to identify and implement innovative solutions that enhance productivity while managing costs. 

About Y Soft 

Y Soft develops intelligent Digital Transformation office solutions for enterprise, SMB, and Education that empower employees to be more productive and creative. Our YSoft SAFEQ® workflow solutions platform in the cloud and on-premise enables businesses to manage, optimise and secure their print and digital processes and workflows. Our YSoft BE3D™ 3D print solutions are focused in the Education sector where they provide unique ease of use and safety benefits, while utilising YSoft SAFEQ software for seamless 3D print management.  

Founded in 2000, the company is headquartered in Brno, Czech Republic, with offices in North and Latin America, Europe, and Middle East/Africa (EMEA) and the Asia Pacific region (APAC). For more information, please visit www.ysoft.com. 

Fortinet collaborates with AWS to deliver an integrated next-generation firewall solution to protect customer workloads on AWS

Fortinet continues to build cybersecurity solutions with AWS services, including AWS Gateway Load Balancer, AWS Outposts, AWS Network Firewall and AWS Transit Gateway 

John Maddison, EVP of products and CMO, Fortinet said, “Enterprises are increasingly looking to integrate both native cloud security and Fortinet’s enterprise-class cloud security offerings to protect their workloads on AWS. Fortinet has always collaborated closely with AWS on security initiatives and we will leverage AWS Marketplace to further enable rapid deployment.” 

News summary 

Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, has announced new integrations with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to further provide customers with advanced security across their cloud platforms, applications, and network. Fortinet’s cloud security solutions – including its virtual next-generation firewall, FortiGate-VM and web application firewall (WAF), FortiWeb – are designed to protect workloads and business applications across on-premises data centres and cloud environments. Fortinet is continuing to provide a broad set of natively integrated security solutions using AWS to provide customers with full visibility and control of applications and centralised management across cloud and hybrid environments. The newest integrations on AWS include: 

  • Fortinet managed IPS rules powered by FortiGuard Labs: Fortinet provides managed IPS rulesets powered by threat intelligence from FortiGuard Labs for the recently introduced AWS Network Firewall. This is a new managed service that makes it easy to deploy essential network protections for all of a customer’s Amazon Virtual Private Clouds (Amazon VPCs).  Through this integration, organisations can use Fortinet managed IPS rules to centrally set policies across all of their Amazon VPCs and accounts. These new Fortinet managed rulesets make it easy for customers to import rules and integrate FortiGuard Labs’ threat intelligence with AWS Network Firewall as an additional layer of protection. 

FortiGuard Labs, Fortinet’s threat intelligence and research organisation, provides proven threat intelligence to protect organisations from malicious cyberattacks. Using millions of global network sensors, FortiGuard Labs monitors the worldwide attack surface and employs artificial intelligence (AI) to mine that data for new threats. 

  • FortiGate-VM next generation firewall integration with AWS Gateway Load Balancer: Fortinet’s FortiGate-VM integrates with AWS Gateway Load Balancer (GWLB) to help organisations simplify and secure their Amazon VPC environments while improving high availability and scaling. For advanced protection of internet bound traffic and inter-VPC network traffic, FortiGate-VM provides robust connectivity features, including high performance IPSec VPN, SSL VPN and rich security features including intrusion prevention (IDPS), deep packet inspection (DPI), URL filtering, anti-malware protection and granular segmentation. Together, FortiGate-VM and AWS Gateway Load Balancer (GWLB) offer an enhanced cloud security service and cloud management solution that provides enterprise customers fast, flexible access to the cloud. 
  • Fortinet consulting services for AWS customers: Fortinet’s new consulting services available in AWS Marketplace provide customers with a blueprint for designing and implementing advanced security across their cloud platform, network and applications on AWS. The new consulting service also offers security assessments of AWS deployments to enhance organisations’ security posture and remediate existing misconfigurations. 

Fortinet security fabric for AWS 

The announcement builds on Fortinet’s existing collaboration with AWS. Fortinet delivers natively integrated and enhanced security for available AWS services, including Amazon GuardDuty, AWS CloudFormation and AWS Outposts. Supporting the broadest set of use cases, Fortinet’s Security Fabric offers customers with comprehensive security for AWS workloads including firewall, security gateway, intrusion prevention and web application security.  AWS is also part of Fortinet Open Fabric Ecosystem, one of the industry’s largest cybersecurity ecosystems. The Fortinet Security Fabric protects customer environments across physical, virtual, cloud or hybrid infrastructures with the following unique capabilities: 

  • Single-pane-of-glass control and management. The Security Fabric enables organisations to centrally manage both cloud and on-premises security functionality, which helps eliminate human errors while reducing the time burden on limited IT resources. The Security Fabric delivers centralised security management using a consistent operational model. 
  • Cloud native visibility and control. With Fortinet’s Security Fabric, organisations gain in-depth visibility into AWS application deployments and the ability to apply intent-based policies. By using dynamic address groups and logical naming of cloud-based resources, the security fabric allows organisations to scale out security policies across the cloud infrastructure. 
  • Broad protection across the attack surface. Fortinet offers AWS customers a broad set of network security products, allowing organisations the ability to add an additional layer of protection and securely run any application anywhere, whether on-premises or in the cloud. 

Fortinet self-service in AWS Marketplace 

Fortinet offers a broad range of security products in VM, container, and SaaS form factors with flexible bring-your-own-license (BYOL) and pay-as-you-go (PAYG) billing options through AWS Marketplace. Products that can be purchased through AWS Marketplace include FortiGate-VM Next Generation Firewalls, FortiWeb WAF, FortiMail, FortiSandbox, Fortinet Managed Rules for AWS WAF and more. 

Supporting quotes 

“For our customers deploying data and applications in AWS, S2 Global has been able to automate operations through the FortiGate-VM next-generation firewalls to protect their VPC environments. With the FortiGate-VM seamlessly integrating with AWS CloudFormation, we’ve been able to create an automated setup for rolling out Fortinet solutions on AWS. Now it takes just a couple of minutes to spin up a new firewall and 40 minutes for an entire stack deployment when previously it would have taken hours. In doing so, we’ve reduced the risk of human error while freeing up time for our IT teams to focus on other business-critical operations.” 
– Nikolay Chigrin, senior system engineer, AWS, S2 Global 

 “Fortinet’s new consulting services available in AWS Marketplace was very valuable in optimising the security of our AWS implementation. AdvisorEngine leveraged Fortinet’s services to design, architect and implement the FortiGate Next-Generation Firewall to enhance our security posture. The service was easy to procure and to arrange through via the new placement in AWS Marketplace.” 
– Vladimir Baranov, CTO, AdvisorEngine Inc 

“With the introduction of AWS Network Firewall, customers can leverage global threat intelligence from Fortinet to protect their VPCs and securely accelerate their cloud journey. We are pleased to expand our relationship with Fortinet to provide our customers with managed, advanced protection for their AWS deployments.” 
– Andrew Thomas, general manager of perimeter protection, Amazon Web Services, Inc. 

Additional resources 

About Fortinet 
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organisations around the world. Fortinet empowers our customers with complete visibility and control across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements today and into the future. Only the Fortinet Security Fabric platform can address the most critical security challenges and protect data across the entire digital infrastructure, whether in networked, application, multi-cloud or edge environments. Fortinet ranks #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide and more than 480,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. Both a technology company and a learning organisation, the Fortinet Network Security Expert (NSE) Training Institute has one of the largest and broadest cybersecurity training programs in the industry. Learn more at https://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs

Copyright © 2020 Fortinet, Inc. All rights reserved. The symbols ® and  denote respectively federally registered trademarks and common law trademarks of Fortinet, Inc., its subsidiaries and affiliates. Fortinet’s trademarks include, but are not limited to, the following: Fortinet, FortiGate, FortiGuard, FortiCare, FortiManager, FortiAnalyzer, FortiOS, FortiADC, FortiAP, FortiAppMonitor, FortiASIC, FortiAuthenticator, FortiBridge, FortiCache, FortiCamera, FortiCASB, FortiClient, FortiCloud, FortiConnect, FortiController, FortiConverter, FortiDB, FortiDDoS, FortiExplorer, FortiExtender, FortiFone, FortiCarrier, FortiHypervisor, FortiIsolator, FortiMail, FortiMonitor, FortiNAC, FortiPlanner, FortiPortal, FortiPresence , FortiProxy, FortiRecorder, FortiSandbox, FortiSIEM, FortiSwitch, FortiTester, FortiToken, FortiVoice, FortiWAN, FortiWeb, FortiWiFi, FortiWLC, FortiWLCOS and FortiWLM. 

Other trademarks belong to their respective owners. Fortinet has not independently verified statements or certifications herein attributed to third parties and Fortinet does not independently endorse such statements. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, nothing herein constitutes a warranty, guarantee, contract, binding specification or other binding commitment by Fortinet or any indication of intent related to a binding commitment, and performance and other specification information herein may be unique to certain environments. This news release may contain forward-looking statements that involve uncertainties and assumptions, such as statements regarding technology releases among others. Changes of circumstances, product release delays, or other risks as stated in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, located at www.sec.gov, may cause results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in this press release. If the uncertainties materialise or the assumptions prove incorrect, results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. Fortinet assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, and expressly disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements. 

Fortinet announces industry’s first Secure SD-WAN appliances for operational technology environments

FortiGate Rugged 60F next-generation firewalls bring easy-to-deploy SD-WAN and integrated advanced security to OT networks

John Maddison, EVP of products and CMO, Fortinet, said, “The convergence of OT and IT is changing the way many organisations do business and is also opening up new security risks. It is essential that OT organisations implement security-driven networking solutions that deliver secure, reliable connectivity even in remote and harsh environments. The FortiGate Rugged 60F platform delivers Secure SD-WAN to enable OT system owners to confidently embrace digital innovation while sustaining safe and continuous operations. This news continues Fortinet’s commitment to making Secure SD-WAN available for all network edges and verticals.”

News summary

Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, has announced the FortiGate Rugged 60F and FortiGate Rugged 60F with built-in LTE next-generation firewalls, the industry’s first secure SD-WAN appliances certified to perform in operational technology (OT) environments. Built for non-environmentally controlled sites, these new ruggedised versions of the FortiGate platform enable the easy deployment of Fortinet’s industry leading Secure SD-WAN solution in locations never before possible for OT organisations in industries such as utilities and energy, manufacturing, and transportation.

OT networks require specialised solutions

Fundamental shifts are occurring in the way operational environments generate and collect data. In industries like manufacturing, power and utilities, oil and gas and other critical infrastructure, their distributed locations have traditionally relied on expensive leased lines or MPLS circuits to provide secure, reliable communications. SD-WAN has emerged as a modern solution for OT organisations to realise better user experience, simplified management and lower total cost of ownership, but adopting this technology requires a solution that meets the specific needs of OT environments, including space, power, security, and environmental requirements.

Fortinet takes SD-WAN where it’s never gone before

To address the unique concerns of OT organisations, Fortinet is releasing the FortiGate Rugged 60F and FortiGate Rugged 60F with built-in LTE, ruggedised versions of the FortiGate 60 series – the fastest, most powerful desktop Secure SD-WAN appliance and best-selling next-generation firewall with over 1.65 million units sold worldwide. The FortiGate Rugged 60F platform is a first-of-its-kind appliance that delivers the following features to support OT environments in safely and securely deploying SD-WAN:

  • Small footprint: The FortiGate Rugged 60F combines industry-leading SD-WAN, advanced routing and next-generation firewall security in a single, compact form factor, enabling it to be deployed in space-sensitive environments. This has the additional benefit of reducing costs and simplifying operations for network analysts.
  • Flexible mounting and power: The FortiGate Rugged 60F is designed specifically for deployment in smaller OT sites that require different mounting and power options than found in traditional IT wiring closets.
  • Built tough: The FortiGate Rugged 60F is specifically designed to function in harsh environmental conditions, such as extreme temperatures, electromagnetic interference, high moisture, and extreme or constant vibration.
  • Built-in LTE connectivity: For remote locations, the FortiGate Rugged 60F comes with an option for built-in LTE to provide an additional WAN connectivity option as well as easier deployment and operation.

Fortinet delivers industry leading performance for OT

In addition to being the only Secure SD-WAN appliance certified for operational technology environments, the FortiGate Rugged 60F platform delivers the industry’s highest security and networking performance. Powered by Fortinet’s patented SOC4 SD-WAN ASIC, the FortiGate Rugged 60F platform delivers low-latency protection, including SSL decryption, and higher IPsec VPN scale on top of integrated SD-WAN capabilities that are all managed by Fortinet’s intuitive SD-WAN orchestrator. Fortinet’s solution is also backed by industry validation. Fortinet has been named a Leader in both the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls (1) and the Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure (2). Fortinet’s newest ruggedised appliances are also backed by 20 years of industry experience delivering solutions that fit the unique needs, requirements, and constraints of operational technology environments.

Security-driven networking for operational technology

Fortinet delivers a Security-driven Networking approach to SD-WAN, converging networking and security into a unified Secure SD-WAN solution with centralised orchestration. Combined with the Fortinet Security Fabric, this gives customers one solution that covers the entire converged IT-OT network to close OT security gaps, deliver full visibility, and provide simplified management. The entire FortiGate product line delivers cybersecurity control and visibility into OT networks, with this announcement of a ruggedised version extending these capabilities to allow deployments on oil rigs, electrical substations, assembly lines, maritime cargos, and other harsh environmental conditions.

Supporting quote

“We cannot allow an operational error or an external attack, because we have people working all the time, 24×7. The implementation of a security solution in our critical infrastructure, such as Fortinet Secure SD-WAN, has become essential.”
Andrés Koper, plant maintenance manager, Sullair Argentina

“Operational technology customers require secure solutions for their digital innovation initiatives. Schneider Electric’s Cybersecurity Services group delivers solutions with technology that best fits our customers’ needs. Partnering with Fortinet enables us to help our OT customers safely deploy SD-WAN with all-in-one secure solutions that reduce operating costs and simplify management.”
– Jay Abdallah, VP cybersecurity services, Schneider Electric

Additional resources

(1) Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls, 9 November 2020, Rajpreet Kaur, Adam Hils, Jeremy D’Hoinne

(2) Gartner, Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure, 23 September 2020, Jonathan Forest, Andrew Lerner, Naresh Singh

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organisation and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Fortinet
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organisations around the world. Fortinet empowers our customers with complete visibility and control across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements today and into the future. Only the Fortinet Security Fabric platform can address the most critical security challenges and protect data across the entire digital infrastructure, whether in networked, application, multi-cloud or edge environments. Fortinet ranks #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide and more than 480,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. Both a technology company and a learning organisation, the Fortinet Network Security Expert (NSE) Training Institute has one of the largest and broadest cybersecurity training programs in the industry. Learn more at https://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs.

Copyright © 2020 Fortinet, Inc. All rights reserved. The symbols ® and denote respectively federally registered trademarks and common law trademarks of Fortinet, Inc., its subsidiaries and affiliates. Fortinet’s trademarks include, but are not limited to, the following: Fortinet, FortiGate, FortiGuard, FortiCare, FortiManager, FortiAnalyzer, FortiOS, FortiADC, FortiAP, FortiAppMonitor, FortiASIC, FortiAuthenticator, FortiBridge, FortiCache, FortiCamera, FortiCASB, FortiClient, FortiCloud, FortiConnect, FortiController, FortiConverter, FortiDB, FortiDDoS, FortiExplorer, FortiExtender, FortiFone, FortiCarrier, FortiHypervisor, FortiIsolator, FortiMail, FortiMonitor, FortiNAC, FortiPlanner, FortiPortal, FortiPresence , FortiProxy, FortiRecorder, FortiSandbox, FortiSIEM, FortiSwitch, FortiTester, FortiToken, FortiVoice, FortiWAN, FortiWeb, FortiWiFi, FortiWLC, FortiWLCOS and FortiWLM.

Other trademarks belong to their respective owners. Fortinet has not independently verified statements or certifications herein attributed to third parties and Fortinet does not independently endorse such statements. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, nothing herein constitutes a warranty, guarantee, contract, binding specification or other binding commitment by Fortinet or any indication of intent related to a binding commitment, and performance and other specification information herein may be unique to certain environments. This news release may contain forward-looking statements that involve uncertainties and assumptions, such as statements regarding technology releases among others. Changes of circumstances, product release delays, or other risks as stated in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, located at www.sec.gov, may cause results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in this press release. If the uncertainties materialise or the assumptions prove incorrect, results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. Fortinet assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, and expressly disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

Konica Minolta named worldwide leader by IDC MarketScape for Print Transformation

Sydney, Australia – Konica Minolta has announced that it has been named a worldwide leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Print Transformation 2020 Vendor Assessment for print transformation in recognition of its strong portfolio that will support customers in growing their digital maturity.

The report states: “While Konica Minolta is typically perceived as an MFP/printer vendor, the company has made considerable progress in repositioning itself as a managed services company that delivers workplace solutions. Thus, Konica Minolta’s product evolution involves a continuum of products and services including hardware, managed services, and business process automation integrated into an Intelligent Connected Workplace.”

Yohei Konaka, chairman and managing director, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “COVID-19 and the events that have occurred throughout 2020 have accelerated digital requirements and opportunities for customers as the world stumbled through the biggest work-from-home experiment ever seen, with a focus on business continuity and resilience. The distributed workforce is here to stay, and a more connected and digital workforce will be required into the future. Konica Minolta has a role to play in helping customers realise an Intelligent Connected Workplace to better serve their own employees so they in-turn can serve their customers.”

The report also states that Konica Minolta: “…considers not only technology trends but also a broader view of both generational workforce and overarching sociological shifts. The company believes that technology needs to be human centered, so understanding the motivations, wants, and needs of the worker is essential. The company will focus on the ‘why’ when implementing new technology and not just the ‘how’. As part of this strategy, Konica Minolta is pursuing a host of nonprint-related offerings, some of which are based on partner-delivered solutions and others that are based on homegrown technologies.”

These solutions enable the Intelligent Connected Workplace of Konica Minolta’s customers, and include robotics, cloud and mobility.

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About IDC MarketScape

IDC MarketScape vendor assessment model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilises a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

About Konica Minolta Australia 

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); data analytics; and 3D, now.

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home

MessageXchange accepted as a supplier on the government’s Peppol E-invoicing Panel

MessageXchange, a leader in business-to-business cloud integration solutions such as electronic data interchange (EDI) and e-invoicing, has been accepted as a supplier on the federal government’s Peppol E-invoicing Panel. The panel is made up of pre-selected e-invoicing-related service providers for government agencies. 

John Delaney, managing director, MessageXchange, said, “Acceptance to this panel cements MessageXchange’s place as a leading service provider to governmentMessageXchange is a local company with more than 20 years’ experience in digital messaging that has demonstrated its depth and breadth of expertise and capability in delivering Peppol projects to agencies such as the NSW Department of Customer Service. 

In late 2019, MessageXchange was certified as the first Peppol Access Point service provider for e-invoicing in Australia and New Zealand by the Australian and New Zealand Peppol authorities, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) respectively. 

MessageXchange’s access point (AP) and service metadata publisher (SMP), including any government e-invoicing gateways, use the MessageXchange cloud on the Microsoft Azure Central region, which is Information Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP)assessed for government applications. 

John Delaney said, “MessageXchange owns 100 per cent of the intellectual property of its industry-leading cloud solution, which allows efficient mapping between file types, comprehensive process management and customisable reporting for rich insights. Coupled with its proven supplier onboarding methods, government agencies can be assured that they will continue to benefit from new features and capability when they invest in MessageXchange. 

The federal government is looking to mandate e-invoicing for all Commonwealth agencies by 2022, which means agencies need to start looking at what’s next for them when it comes to e-invoicing. 

John Delaney said, “To ensure rapid uptake over the next two years, it’s important that government agencies make the process as easy as possible for their suppliers, providing them with a roadmap to achieve digital capabilities for e-invoicing. To accomplish this, it will be essential to choose the right partner that can take them on that journey and grow with them to provide additional value along the way.” 

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About MessageXchange   

MessageXchange is an innovative Australian-based cloud B2B integration service provider. Our solution can streamline business operations and provide visibility and business insights.   

Founded in 1996, MessageXchange today processes more than 300 million messages each year for customers such as Target, Harvey Norman, Costco Australia, The Good Guys and Telstra.   

MessageXchange is the first Peppol Access Point service provider to be certified by the Australian and New Zealand Peppol authorities, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) respectively, for e-invoicing.   

For more information, visit messagexchange.com.    

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