FC Barcelona selects Fortinet as its official cybersecurity partner

FC Barcelona selects Fortinet as its official cybersecurity partner

John Maddison, Chief Marketing Officer of Fortinet

FC Barcelona and Fortinet have signed a sponsorship agreement through which Fortinet becomes Espai Barça’s new Official Cybersecurity Partner for the next three seasons, until June 30 2028.

As part of the agreement, FC Barcelona will enable a secure digital environment for its Spotify Camp Nou facilities leveraging Fortinet’s industry-leading Security Fabric platform, which will serve as a global reference for technological innovation in the world of sport and entertainment.

The alliance between the club and Fortinet is part of the sponsorship program associated with the future Spotify Camp Nou and has been made possible thanks to their shared goals of integrating the most innovative technological systems into the stadium.

FC Barcelona is committed to turning Espai Barça into an international innovation hub, at the forefront of new technologies. This alliance reaffirms the club’s commitment to partnering with leading companies and integrating the most innovative technology into the new stadium.

John Maddison, Chief Marketing Officer of Fortinet, said: “Building on Fortinet’s history of cybersecurity innovation spanning more than 20 years, we’re proud to support FC Barcelona’s ambitious vision to create an international innovation hub powered by industry-leading, cutting-edge technologies. Our shared goal of developing Spotify Camp Nou into one of the world’s leading stadiums is made possible by leveraging the Fortinet Security Fabric platform to secure its digital environment.”

This partnership represents a new opportunity for the sponsorship programme, created specifically for one of the most important projects in the club’s history. It will open up new opportunities, both for companies that sell directly to consumers (B2C) and, as is the case for Fortinet, for companies focused on the business sector (B2B), taking advantage of the global visibility and prestige of FC Barcelona and the importance of what will be one of the world’s leading stadia.

Cybersecurity enhances visitor and user experience

As part of the agreement, FC Barcelona will implement Fortinet’s Security Fabric platform, including FortiGate next-generation firewalls, to secure stadium Wi-Fi, OT infrastructure and the data centre.

Fortinet’s Zero Trust Network Access and endpoint security will protect users and devices accessing applications from any location. Additionally, centralised management with AI-powered security analytics will offer comprehensive network visibility. These technologies will integrate seamlessly with FC Barcelona’s existing IT investments, enhancing security and efficiency across Spotify Camp Nou.

Espai Barça

Espai Barça is a revolutionary project in the world of sport and entertainment that seeks to update and expand the FC Barcelona facilities, including the emblematic Spotify Camp Nou, and transform it into the best sports complex in the centre of a major city.

Fortinet has been a driving force behind the progress in cybersecurity, responsibly delivering solutions by innovating sustainable security technologies, diversifying cybersecurity talent, and promoting responsible businesses and environments.

The company’s experience is essential for such a large project as Espai Barça, as its work with recognised public and private entities, including computer emergency response teams (CERTs), government agencies and the academic world, are a fundamental aspect of Fortinet’s commitment to improving cyber-resilience around the world.

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