Johannesburg, Gauteng – 28 April 2022.

First Distribution, the leading pan-African distributor for Cybersecurity, Datacentre, Cloud, Surveillance, and IoT Solutions, has become Master Distributor for Fortinet, a global leader in broad, integrated, and automated cybersecurity solutions. First Distribution has now the ability to propose Fortinet’s entire portfolio in the SADC (Southern African Development Community) region*.

“The Fortinet line-up adds tremendous value to the distributor’s extensive portfolio”, explains Brad Stein, General Manager: Cybersecurity, at First Distribution. “Fortinet is now available to customers via our extensive partner network, both as a licenced or managed solutions as well as via our First for Cloud platform that enables resellers to sell cloud services to end-users,” Stein continues.

Andre van Zyl, Channel Manager at Fortinet South Africa adds: “In order to expand our footprint in the region, we decided to appoint an additional Master Distributor. First Distribution stood out from the other candidates. With an existing network of over 900 MSSP partners, they are well-positioned in the SADC.”

First Distribution has extensive pre-sales and technical resources and offers its partners the skills and expertise they need to ensure their customers get the best possible experience with Fortinet.

*South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Angola, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Malawi, Lesotho, Swaziland, Madagascar, Mauritius, and Seychelles




About Fortinet

Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organisations around the world. Fortinet empowers its customers with intelligent, seamless protection across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements of the borderless network – today and into the future.

Only the Fortinet Security Fabric architecture can deliver security without compromise to address the most critical security challenges, whether in networked, application, cloud, or mobile environments. Fortinet ranks number one in the most security appliances shipped worldwide and more than 500 000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses.

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About First Distribution

First Distribution is the leading value-added distributor in Africa, with a product portfolio of global leading Datacentre, Cloud, Networking and Security products and services. This embraces hybrid solutions with access to any combination of on premise, private cloud and public cloud end-to-end solutions from multiple vendors. The portfolio, together with highly skilled staff to support and manage vendors with an unrivalled level of expertise, ensures that First Distribution’s partners have the key elements required for success. First Distribution additionally hosts one of the largest technology partner-to-partner networks in Africa allowing partners to extend the reach of their solutions across the continent.

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