Fortinet expands Security Fabric to IIoT

Recent IoT-based attacks have revealed risk posed by unsecured IoT devices

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Fortinet expands Security Fabric to IIoT To successfully defend the massive scope of IoT, organisations need an architecture that scales the entire infrastructure, says Maddison.
By  David Ndichu Published  October 31, 2017

The Fortinet Security Fabric now covers the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Through its FortiGuard Industrial Security Service, Fortinet will now provide application control and defensive signatures specific to critical infrastructure and industrial sector organisations, including utility, oil and gas, transportation, and manufacturing.

Traditionally, commercial and industrial networks and their IoT devices have operated in isolation, but the mainstreaming of things like smart cities and connected homes have begun to merge these devices within local, national and global infrastructures. This is requiring organisations to rethink how they secure increasingly converged IT, OT and IoT networks and devices.

FortiGuard ISS protects widely-used Industrial Control System (ICS) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) devices and applications. The new service provides vulnerability protection, deep visibility and granular control over ICS and SCADA systems and is backed by real-time threat intelligence updates – enabling organisations to restrict access and minimise the attack surface of their critical IIoT infrastructures. FortiGuard ISS complements Fortinet’s security appliances, which are designed to run in harsh environments.

John Maddison, senior vice president of products & solutions at Fortinet said recent IoT-based attacks have revealed the sheer volume and ease by which billions of devices can be weaponised and used to disrupt global digital economies, critical infrastructure and the data of millions of users.

“To successfully defend the massive scope of IoT, organisations need an architecture that scales the entire infrastructure for complete visibility, segmentation and end-to-end protection. The Fortinet Security Fabric arms enterprises with a comprehensive solution that spans the entire IoT attack surface, delivering the performance and threat intelligence required to learn, segment, and ultimately protect the varied attack surfaces created by IoT,” Maddison adds.

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