An Effective Security Strategy with Fortinet

Russell Thomas, Enterprise Security Mag Europe | Friday, March 19, 2021

As connected devices and the deployment of new edges grows, the attack surface is widening, making it complex for organizations to secure and manage their network.

FREMONT, CA: Fortinet delivers an effective security platform, the Fortinet Security Fabric, developed around three critical principles. Visibility and protection requirements to extend across the entire digital attack surface. With data crossing between several device form factors and network ecosystems, platforms require a holistic view into devices, traffic, and events, while also stopping threats.

Combining tools and systems using open standards, common operating systems, and unified management platforms allows the sharing and correlation of real-time threat intelligence. This framework also helps advanced coordinate threats through sophisticated, centralized analytics that is complex or impossible to achieve using conventionally isolated security deployments. The time between a breach will soon be evaluated in microseconds. Security systems require automatically offering continuous assessment and then providing an immediate, coordinated response to detected threats.

Effective security platforms also require being open. That means they are developed using an open architecture and industry standards and offer Application Programming Interfaces to ensure that third-party solutions that weren't installed on the platform can still be seamlessly incorporated into a platform. This ensures that no security tool in isolation, but as part of an integrated security framework by sharing threat intelligence and working in coordinated responses to identified threats.

Fortinet is committed to the concept of an open security environment. The Fortinet Fabric-Ready Alliance Partner Program puts forth a community of technology partners to allow comprehensive solutions. It offers alliance partners with resources and tools, allowing them to combine with the Fortinet Security Fabric and the Fortinet Open Fabric Ecosystem. Open Fabric Ecosystem passed the threshold of about 355 technology integrations, making it one of the industry's widest cybersecurity ecosystems.

Many organizations are trying to protect these digital transformation initiatives with security solutions that don't interact with each other, fragmented management devices, and have minimum visibility of workflows and policies. In an environment like this, the value of an open security platform cannot be overstated. Security tools that cannot work together to identify and reduce threats can mitigate visibility and control, allowing threats to slip through the confusion.