Fortinet moves to secure IoT, cloud with “Security Fabric”

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Fortinet moves to secure IoT, cloud with “Security Fabric” Xie: The security fabric weaves together hardware and software, enabling direct communication between solutions for a unified response to threats.
By  David Ndichu Published  April 27, 2016

Fortinet has unveiled Security Fabric solution, an integrated architecture designed to deliver distributed security for global enterprises providing protections against threats from IoT and remote devices, through the infrastructure core, and into the cloud.

“Pervasive digitization continues to redefine business, while technology trends like IoT and cloud computing are blurring the edges of the network today. Unfortunately, many enterprises continue to rely on security strategies developed decades ago that can no longer support the ever-increasing speed of business,” says Ken Xie, founder, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Fortinet. “Unlike platforms loosely coupled at the management level, the security fabric weaves together highly sophisticated hardware and software, enabling direct communication between solutions for a unified and rapid response to threats. Fortinet is committed to delivering security without compromise. With its Security Fabric, Fortinet is the only vendor to be able to provide its customers with 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"

To address the challenges brought on by the digital economy and subsequent evolving enterprise IT infrastructure, Fortinet’s Security Fabric brings traditionally autonomous systems together into a single architecture, designed with five critical and interdependent attributes – scalability, awareness, security, actionable, and open.

In order to detect, let alone stop threats in today’s borderless networks, a Security Fabric not only needs to be able to dynamically scale to meet volume and performance demands, it needs to scale laterally for seamless, ubiquitous protection. Fortinet’s portfolio of security technologies offer solutions that cover every inch of the infrastructure, including wired and wireless networks, end user and IoT devices, access layers, public to hybrid cloud models, software-defined networks, and virtualization. Employing technologies like hardware-accelerating FortiASIC processors and security embedded network appliances, including virtual and cloud instances, ensure that a network’s function, performance, and scalability are not compromised by the solutions securing it.

Fortinet’s scalability across the infrastructure lays the groundwork for the second fundamental attribute of the Security Fabric: awareness. Operating as a single entity, the Fabric delivers complete awareness across devices, users, content, and data flowing into and out of the network, as well as insight into traffic patterns. This reduces complexity and costs while increasing management efficiencies, enabling easier implementation of new capabilities and innovative security strategies like end-to-end segmentation for protection against advanced threats. 

Universal visibility into the infrastructure is critical to the security required in today’s evolving threat landscape. Acting as a single-pane-of-glass for Fortinet’s Security Fabric is the world’s most deployed security operating system, FortiOS. Technologies like Fortinet’s Advanced Threat Protection Framework conduct deep inspection of traffic, dynamically generating local threat intelligence and transmitting data to FortiGuard Labs to automatically propagate real-time updates to the entire system. This breadth of intel coupled with sophisticated, scalable, and rapid analytics, provides an actionable security architecture with the capability to rapidly detect and mitigate threats wherever they occur.

Ensuring that enterprise customers can maximize their existing infrastructure and security investments, its Security Fabric is designed to integrate with a vast ecosystem of third-party solution providers. Fortinet works closely with its Global Alliance Partners, as well as the industry, to develop open APIs across the entire fabric, giving enterprises the flexibility to deploy Fortinet solutions alongside existing or new security technologies for integrated protection. Most recently, Fortinet has partnered with Carbon Black to provide enterprise customers with security automation, intelligence, and control through integration with the ATP Framework.

Further announcements from Fortinet include the launch of its latest FortiGate 6000E and 2000E series enterprise firewalls powered by its next generation FortiASIC CP9 content processor to deliver enhanced levels of network security performance across the Fabric.

Further, new enhancements to the Fortinet Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) framework enable dynamic generation of local threat intelligence and automated response coupled with new FortiGuard services for global threat intelligence protections.

Fortinet also recently announced a new technology alliance with the Carbon Black Security Platform to further bolster protection against today’s most advanced and persistent threats.

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