Product Spotlight: Fortigate Fortinet 60E Gives Schools High-Level Security

| February 14, 2020

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Common security concerns for K–12 districts, particularly the frequent targeting for cyberattacks, are generally not balanced by increased budgets for defensive technology or talent. And although smaller facilities have become front-line targets, many regional and satellite schools must make do with shared IT resources and personnel. The Fortinet FortiGate 60E security appliance is a good choice for providing cybersecurity protection to smaller schools and regional offices without the need for intense operating expenses or dedicated IT experts. It’s a tiny — smaller than 1U — appliance designed for installation at the gateway to a remote or small facility.

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Northwest Nazarene University

Northwest Nazarene University, a private, Christian university located in Idaho’s Boise Valley, is committed to a holistic education, that develops students intellectually, socially, physically and spiritually. Founded in 1913, NNU offers courses at its 88-acre residential campus, as well as online and at extension campuses in Idaho Falls, and in 35 countries around the world. With more than 80 undergraduate programs, plus 16 master’s degrees in six different disciplines, four Education Specialists degrees and two doctoral degrees, NNU prepares students for servant leadership in diverse professions and disciplines.

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Northwest Nazarene University

Northwest Nazarene University, a private, Christian university located in Idaho’s Boise Valley, is committed to a holistic education, that develops students intellectually, socially, physically and spiritually. Founded in 1913, NNU offers courses at its 88-acre residential campus, as well as online and at extension campuses in Idaho Falls, and in 35 countries around the world. With more than 80 undergraduate programs, plus 16 master’s degrees in six different disciplines, four Education Specialists degrees and two doctoral degrees, NNU prepares students for servant leadership in diverse professions and disciplines.

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