Fortinet, the global leader in high-performance cyber security solutions, recently unveiled its Security Fabric,an integrated, collaborative, and adaptive architecture designed to deliver distributed security for global enterprises providing protections against threats from IoT and remote devices, through the infrastructure core,andinto the cloud.
Today’s digital economy connects more users, devices, applications, and data than ever before to drive business value. Billions of new IP-enabled, non-user IoT devices are transmitting vast amounts of data traversingwired and wireless access points, through both public and private networks, and across traditional and cloud infrastructures. To successfully compete in this new digital economy, organizations need to implement a tightly coordinated security strategy that can see and govern this data across an entire borderless network without compromising agility or performance.
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 industry-leading 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 advanced 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, enablingeasier 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 forFortinet’sSecurity 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 propagatereal-time updates to the entire system. This breadth of intel coupledwith sophisticated, scalable, and rapidanalytics,provides an actionable security architecture with the capability to rapidly detect and mitigate threats wherever they occur.
Ken Xie, founder, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Fortinet said, “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. 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”.