Fortinet Again Named a 2021 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Network Firewalls

With FortiGate NGFWs, organizations can:

  • Manage internal and external security risks: FortiGate NGFWs provide complete visibility into applications, threats, and networks to keep operations running and ensure business continuity. Further, network-based segmentation stops lateral threats and protects against application vulnerabilities with enhanced AI/ML powered by FortiGuard services to thwart cyberattacks.
  • Achieve optimal ROI through consolidation: FortiGate NGFWs seamlessly converge and accelerate networking and multiple security functions into a single solution to reduce cost and optimize user experience. 
  • Improve operational efficiency: Fortinet’s Fabric Management Center streamlines operations across Security Fabric and extends beyond to 400+ ecosystem integrations with a consolidated view to simplify enterprise-wide workflows.

Here is a small sampling of the top reviews posted by Fortinet customers on the Gartner Peer Insights website*:

Stable and Reliable Firewall” — Cloud Infrastructure Engineer in the Finance Industry, Firm Size: 50M-250M USD
Overall user rating: 5/5 stars
“We use FortiGate in our company’s HQ and many of the branches across the country. For a company that deals mainly with sensitive customers data, we needed to make sure that our networks are protected by the best firewall solution that’s available (also thanks to Gartner reviews).” 

Tons Of Value in a Small Package — Director of IT in the Retail Industry, Firm Size: 500M-1B USD
Overall user rating: 5/5 stars
“We decided to deploy the full Fortinet network stack including FortiGate 60E’s to all 90+ of our retail locations. We further deployed FortiGate 200E’s in HA pairs to all datacenter locations. These UTM appliances are some of the best and most feature rich I have ever used.” 

Delivered What We Were Looking For — VP, Deputy CIO in the Finance Industry, Firm Size: 1B-3B USD
Overall user rating: 5/5 stars
“Our experience with implementing this solution has been very satisfactory. We went with Fortinet for price and simplicity and have received what we were looking for.” 

Strong Firewall Solution That Protects Your Business Systems” — Programmer in the Finance Industry, Firm Size: 50M – 250M USD 
Overall user rating: 5/5 stars
“Very easy to implement and configure, especially if you already have other Fortinet products in your network they all bind in to the one “security fabric” and provide a great overview of all your network devices and events in your network. Also the price is superb for such product.”

NGFW That Needs To Be In Your Company” — PHP Backend Developer in the Finance Industry, Firm Size: $50M – 250M USD 
Overall user rating: 5/5 stars
“FortiGate NGFW is the main guard of our IT infrastructure. All network goes through it. It can easily handle all our traffic. Now, most of the employees are working from home so VPN is getting hit really bad, but that is not a problem for FortiGate.”

Read more reviews for the FortiGate Next Generation Firewall.

In addition to these customer recognitions, Gartner analysts have also recognized Fortinet in several of their Gartner Magic Quadrant reports, including:

  • Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls (Sep 2020)
  • Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms (Aug 2019)**
  • Gartner Magic Quadrant for Security Information and Event Management (Feb 2020)
  • Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Application Firewalls (Oct 2020)
  • Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure (Sept 2020)
  • Gartner Magic Quadrant for Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure (Nov 2020)

We are proud to have again received this distinction and would like to thank all our customers who have submitted reviews.

Learn more about this distinction and write your own review for the FortiGate Next-Generation Firewall on Gartner Peer Insights.

*Reviews have been edited to account for errors and readability.

**This research is currently archived and is only provided here for historical purposes.

Gartner Critical Capabilities for Network Firewalls, Rajpreet Kaur, Adam Hils, Jeremy D’Hoinne, 10, November 2020.

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls, 09 November 2020, Rajpreet Kaur, Adam Hils, Jeremy D’Hoinne

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Fortinet Adaptive Cloud Security Extends Cloud-native Security and Visibility to Protect Containers

Digital innovation continues to be the catalyst for organizations shifting to the cloud. To stay competitive in an ever-changing landscape, organizations have evolved strategies to increase agility, flexibility, productivity and scalability for their applications and infrastructure.

Fortinet enables customers to securely achieve their digital innovations outcomes through all phases of their cloud journey by delivering adaptive cloud security solutions that lets customers secure any application on any cloud, hybrid cloud, and/or multi-cloud.

Fortinet today announced the release of a new cloud native container and Kubernetes security solution, FortiCWP Container Guardian, designed to secure container registries from vulnerabilities and scan for misconfigurations to secure Kubernetes workloads. 

Container Guardian: Evolution From Monolithic to Microservice Software Architectures

Traditional application development has evolved from using the monolithic software architecture to a more modular approach. By splitting applications into independent logical functions, or microservices, the use of container technology enables the portability of microservices across different public and private cloud environments.

Gartner predicts that by 2023, “70% or organizations will be running three or more containerized applications in production.”  

Modern Application Development and “Shifting Left”

Modern application delivery incorporates a continuous cycle of building, testing and deploying applications at a rapid pace. The ability to automate the orchestration of this process is critical. As part of this, the latest methodologies for building and deploying software applications have implemented a “Shift left” practice of embedding security early in the software development lifecycle.

These practices include rapid detection of vulnerabilities for images and misconfigurations, integrations with leading CI/CD tools to automate and manage build cycles, automated policy enforcement for response actions, and overall compliance to security best practices using industry leading benchmark baselines.

Fortinet’s FortiCWP Container Guardian technology is a Container-integrated security solution that provides deeper visibility into the security posture for container registries and images.

FortiCWP Container Guardian Benefits

Expanded Visibility

Container Guardian’s centralized dashboard provides Developers with visibility into container registries and image inventory with deeper insights into security posture for vulnerabilities and other security violations for all container images.

Vulnerability Management

FortiCWP Container Guardian actively scans container images for vulnerabilities and misconfigurations during the build process and enforces policies to prevent vulnerability propagation before images are deployed into container registries  

FortiCWP Container Guardian has integrations with other container-based platforms to scan for vulnerabilities and categorize risk levels by container repository.

Registries are continuously monitored and scanned for new vulnerabilities to provide continuous protection 

Integration Into DevOps Toolchain

FortiCWP Container Guardian integrates with common CI/CD tools to embed security testing into the software development cycle and enforces policies to control the build process.

Compliance

FortiCWP Container Guardian performs continuous audits in containers and clusters to detect misconfigurations and other non-compliant security practices with policies to automate remediation or inform IT teams with remediation recommendations.

With FortiCWP Container Guardian, security is automated in the build and unit testing stages of the software development process. Vulnerability management tools expose risks so Administrators can take the proper action and prevent vulnerability propagation into other container registries. Security best practices are embedded in the configurations before deployment which benefits an organization by minimizing threat propagation and reducing the overall attack surface before containers are deployed. 

Fortinet’s Container Guardian is Key Component of the Fortinet Security Fabric

A critical need for most organizations to successfully drive digital innovations into and across clouds is the ability to leverage a comprehensive cybersecurity platform, such as Fortinet Security Fabric. The Fortinet Security Fabric enables customers to reduce complexity and risks, and provides for visibility and automation across their deployments.

Integrated into the Fortinet Security Fabric, Fortinet’s FortiCWP Container Guardian manages the risks of security misconfigurations, provides centralized visibility and administrative controls, and enhances compliance of Security best practices earlier in the development cycle. This integrates security and compliance in the DevSecOps workflow and across the container lifecycle. 

Learn how Fortinet’s adaptive cloud security solutions provide increased visibility and control across cloud infrastructures, enabling secure applications and connectivity from data center to cloud. 

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Fortinet Becomes the Title Sponsor for PGA TOUR’s Napa Tournament: Fortinet Championship

Fortinet’s mission is to make possible a digital world that organizations can always trust by securing devices, people and data everywhere. And more than 500,000 customers rely on Fortinet’s Security Fabric to provide the protection they need to secure against growing attacks and a dynamic threat landscape. With a shared commitment to trust, Fortinet has become the title sponsor for the PGA TOUR’s Napa tournament, now named Fortinet Championship.

Napa Golf Tournament Fortinet Championship

Fortinet’s title sponsorship of the Napa golf tournament is majorly focused on supporting non-profit organizations tackling issues that are important to Fortinet. PGA TOUR tournaments have generated more than $2 billion in non-profit contributions since 1990. Fortinet in designating proceed donations from the Fortinet Championship benefit non-profit organizations in the areas of STEM, women and minorities in technology, as well as veterans reskilling programs. This partnership will benefit the community and local nonprofit organizations.

Fortinet Championship: Expanding Fortinet’s Local Community Initiatives Through Golf

Fortinet’s CSR initiatives aim to diversify the tech and cybersecurity industry by providing training resources for underrepresented populations. This year, Fortinet opened the entire self-paced catalogue of NSE training courses to the public for free, in an effort to address the growing skills gap and provide learning opportunities to groups like women, veterans, and minorities. The NSE Training Institute has become a global leader in cybersecurity training, education and skills development and has grown a large ecosystem of NSE Training Institute partners who help to provide the industry with a diverse, equitable and inclusive pipeline of security professionals.

Learn more about Fortinet’s partnership with the PGA TOUR through the Fortinet Championship here.

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Tips on How to Keep Kids Safe Online

Keep Kids Safe Online: A Dog’s Guide to Internet Security 

Fortinet places a heavy focus on spreading cyber awareness through our NSE Training Institute and skills gap initiatives. As part of this effort, I co-wrote “Cyber Safe: A Dog’s Guide to Internet Security,” a book written to educate our youth about internet safety. Through this initiative, Fortinet is continuing its commitment to educating the global community on cyber safety, regardless of age, background or life experiences. Just as security affects everyone, cybercriminals target any vulnerability they can find, with no interest in their victim’s demographic. This book is an initiative of Fortinet’s skills gap work, focusing on building cyber awareness from an early age to help create a safer environment online for all. 

“Cyber Safe: A Dog’s Guide to Internet Security,” aims to raise cyber awareness amongst children in elementary and middle school, and takes readers on a journey to learn how to stay secure online. The book is centered around a cyber smart dog, Lacey, who teaches her cat friend Gabbi how to use the Internet safely. The book provides a easy-to-understand introduction to possible dangers for children connecting online for school, video games, streaming shows, and more. The book also includes a guide for parents with details on what they should be looking out for when their children are online. Copies of the book will be available to elementary and middle schools across the country to further cement a strong foundation of cyber safety knowledge in children. 

How to Keep Kids Safe Online Through a Culture of Cyber Awareness

In addition to the book on how to keep kids safe online, Fortinet offers free cyber awareness courses – NSE 1 and NSE 2 – through the NSE Training Institute for anyone interested in building their knowledge of cybersecurity and is for all age groups, including young children. The NSE Training courses complement the information provided in the children’s book, providing foundational cyber awareness courses for children to learn about bad actors and put their learning to the test through levels NSE 1 and NSE 2.

Find out more about Fortinet’s NSE Training Institute programs, including the Certification ProgramSecurity Academy Program and Veterans Program, which provide critical cybersecurity training and education to help solve the cyber skills gap and prepare the cybersecurity workforce of tomorrow.

To purchase “Cyber Safe: A Dog’s Guide to Internet Security,” please visit here.

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Fortinet and Linksys Team Up to Deliver Enterprise-Grade Performance and Security for Work From Home Networks

Working From Home (WFH) is Now the New Normal For Most Organizations

While transitioning work to the new home office edge was initially a response to the pandemic, it is now predicted to be an ongoing trend. However, besides the many advantages that a work from home office model can provide, it also introduces many new cybersecurity challenges. The biggest of these is that home offices are often poorly secured. In addition to being the new hub for the home worker, a home network also includes a wide variety of other devices. These include the devices of family members who use the home network to browse and stream content, and a host of connected IoT devices, ranging from entertainment systems to smart appliances to WiFi routers. And many of these devices can be unpatched and unprotected.

Complicating things further, many of these home offices were built quickly and were initially thought to be a temporary solution. But a significant number of corporations still do not have a timeframe for safely returning to the office or have now decided to make these home offices permanent. As a result, the percentage of people working from home is expected to double in 2021, making secure, enterprise-grade connectivity a must-have for IT managers who have to provision an effective remote workforce. Those IT managers now need to plan for a permanent solution that empowers a significant portion of their workforce to work effectively from their homes, at least part of the time, while protecting the organizations from the growing cybersecurity threats targeting home networks and remote workers.

At the same time, these employees must also have access to all of the capabilities they enjoy in the office, including secure and reliable access to critical business applications, such as streaming teleconferencing and online productivity tools. This means they need fast, reliable, and secure connectivity in their homes to ensure enterprise-grade security and user experience.

Work From Home: Fortinet and Linksys to Deliver Security-driven Networking

When organizations implement telework at scale, cyber criminals leap at the opportunity to exploit the numerous security gaps that arise. Security-driven networking—a strategy that converges networking and security across the connected environment, from the core, into the cloud, and to the branch and remote workers—enables organizations to see and defend today’s highly dynamic environments while preserving an excellent user experience.

To achieve this, security must continue to adapt to changing network demands. This is why Fortinet and Linksys, global leaders in their respective fields, have announced a new strategic alliance. As part of this alliance, Fortinet has made a strategic investment of $75M in Linksys, which provides leading and next-generation router connectivity solutions to consumers and businesses worldwide. In addition, Fortinet will appoint a representative to the Linksys Board of Directors.

Security Everywhere with Fortinet and Linksys

To compete effectively in today’s digital world, the enterprise-grade security and high-performance connectivity enjoyed across today’s corporate edges, including the LAN, WAN, data center, and cloud, must now be extended to mobile end-users, IoT devices, and home offices. Our strategic alliance with Linksys will deliver enterprise-grade performance and security to WFH networks and deliver the most secure, reliable network connectivity and performance on the market, keeping organizations agile, safe, and productive.

Learn more about the strategic alliance between Linksys and Fortinet.

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FortiWeb Cloud Now Available on Oracle Cloud Marketplace

Today, Fortinet is announcing the availability of FortiWeb Cloud WAF as a Service, delivered on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), Oracle’s next-generation enterprise cloud. This further expands Fortinet’s Adaptive Cloud Security offerings to enable customers to secure any application on any cloud. Customers who want to leverage Oracle Cloud Infrastructure’s high performance computing power to host their web and ERP applications and want to expand their security offerings to include Fortinet can now enjoy the benefits of FortiWeb Cloud’s machine-learning enabled web application firewall and API protection, delivered on the same cloud infrastructure where their applications reside. With machine learning, bot mitigation, API protection, and CDN capabilities built in, FortiWeb Cloud delivers a full web application and API protection (WAAP) solution that can streamline your security operations and accelerate the transformation of your business with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

FortiWeb Cloud on Oracle Cloud

When you subscribe to FortiWeb Cloud to further protect your web applications on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, FortiWeb Cloud scrubs your web application and API traffic using multi-tenant scrubbing centers deployed in OCI. Whether you’re looking for protection against the OWASP Top 10 to meet compliance requirements such as PCI-DSS, need to defend against sophisticated attackers employing the latest zero-day exploits, or require security for your internet-facing web APIs, FortiWeb Cloud on Oracle Cloud offers the protection your business-critical applications require. And because the solution is delivered on the same cloud infrastructure where you host your application, the solution minimizes latency, maximizes performance, and addresses the potential for regulatory complications that using an external WAF as a Service might introduce. 

Organizations increasingly rely on web applications for the full range of line-of-business applications:  interacting with customers, enhancing collaboration and productivity, managing data and workflows, and putting critical information and services at everyone’s fingertips. The use of DevOps methodologies to rapidly and continuously deploy the latest code means that these applications evolve at a rapid pace, and so does their attack surface. To roll out new applications and capabilities to support your key business initiatives, you need security solutions that are both easy to manage and easy to deploy. That’s where FortiWeb Cloud powered by Oracle Cloud Infrastructure can help, complementing Oracle’s native security offerings.

The Key Benefits of FortiWeb Cloud

Some of the key benefits from using FortiWeb Cloud WAF as a Service include:

  • FortiWeb Cloud protects your web applications using WAF scrubbing centers deployed on the same cloud infrastructure where your application resides, which reduces complexity, minimizes latency, and simplifies regulatory compliance.
  • FortiWeb Cloud WAF removes the security friction that can slow down application deployment, making it is easier for DevOps and DevSecOps teams to adopt a robust security solution while allowing them to keep their focus on delivering business value. And because the system is easy to deploy, easy to use, and easy to manage, security teams can likewise focus on higher value tasks while their applications are protected against known and zero-day threats – without adding excess overhead.
  • FortiWeb Cloud delivers a simplified onboarding process. As a SaaS solution, there is no infrastructure to deploy, configure, or manage. FortiWeb Cloud WAF also includes a simplified default configuration right out of the box, with access to advanced configurations for customers who need them. And by taking advantage of public cloud elasticity, it can be deployed in minutes – which means it is ready to go by the time the DNS changes that redirect traffic to the WAF have propagated.
  • FortiWeb Cloud keeps pace with your rapidly evolving applications using Machine Learning (ML) to dynamically learn each application based on live traffic analysis. Using a continually updated model of your real-world application behavior as a baseline, the solution detects anomalous behavior that requires deeper inspection. Using ML, FortiWeb tailors a unique defense for protecting each specific application, blocking threats while minimizing the false positives that drive administrative overhead and that can interfere with the end user experience.

Key Takeaways of FortiWeb Cloud

Protecting your applications deployed on Oracle Cloud with FortiWeb Cloud enables your organization to enjoy the benefits of a cloud-native SaaS web application and API solution provisioned in the same region as your application, providing low latency, a simplified regulatory environment, and reduced bandwidth costs. It also enables your DevOps team to take full advantage of the agility of the public cloud while relieving them of routine security maintenance and management tasks. As a result, full-featured web application security can now be deployed with minimal configuration and management, allowing your organization to proactively participate in today’s digital marketplace and business environment without ever compromising performance, agility, or security.

Learn more about FortiWeb Cloud on Oracle Marketplace.

For more information about how Fortinet can help your organization leverage Oracle’s Generation 2 Cloud Infrastructure to build new applications, extend internal data centers, and take advantage of the elasticity of the public cloud.

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Expansive Open Fabric Ecosystem Enables Seamless Integrations with Fortinet Security Fabric

Fortinet’s Open Fabric Ecosystem 

With over 400 technology integrations, Fortinet’s Open Fabric Ecosystem is one of the largest cybersecurity ecosystems in the industry. The ecosystem is comprised of Fabric-Ready technology alliance partners, collaborations with threat sharing organizations and other technology integrations, delivering comprehensive end to end security. These ecosystem integrations enable threat intelligence sharing to detect, monitor, block, and remediate attacks across the entire attack surface, ensuring rapid and coordinated policy enforcement. The integration platform approach helps streamline and automate security, enabling customers to rapidly and effectively respond to today’s most sophisticated threats. 

Fortinet’s Fabric-Ready Partner Program, launched in 2016, plays a key role in the Open Fabric Ecosystem. The Fortinet Fabric-Ready Partner Program acts as the enabler and brings together the community of technology alliance partners to deliver powerful complementary solutions in the Open Fabric Ecosystem. Partners are provided with program infrastructure, resources, and tools to integrate with the Security Fabric, develop joint solutions, and become part of the ecosystem. Fortinet’s open ecosystem approach extends the capabilities of the Security Fabric to the Fabric-Ready partner solutions and enables integration of new solutions into the Fabric.

Value to Customers

Customers benefit from the Open Fabric Ecosystem extension of the Fortinet Security Fabric through the following types of integrated ecosystem solutions:

  • Fabric Connectors: Fortinet-developed deep integrations into technology partner platforms that automate operations, policies, and processes. 
  • Fabric APIs: Partner-developed Fabric API integrations for a broad range of ecosystem solutions to secure the entire digital attack surface. 
  • Fabric DevOps: Community-driven set of security automation and orchestration tools and scripts developed by Fortinet, partners, and customers.
  • Extended Fabric Ecosystem: Threat intelligence sharing collaborations and other vendor technology integrations.

Customers can leverage a wide array of integrated ecosystem solutions to best fit and secure their infrastructure while preserving their existing security investments. Through threat intelligence sharing and coordinated policy enforcement across products, ecosystem solutions provide customers with effective security. Pre-validation of ecosystem solutions enables customers to make purchase decisions with more confidence and gain faster time to deployment with reduced systems integrations costs. Ecosystem solutions extend the benefits of the Security Fabric, and are a testament to the openness of the Security Fabric and the inclusive philosophy of the Fabric-Ready Partner Program. 

The Fortinet Fabric-Ready Partner Program

The Fabric-Ready Partner Program is Fortinet’s technology alliance partner program, and serves as a key enabler of the Open Fabric Ecosystem. Partner inclusion in the program signals to customers and the industry at large that the partner has collaborated with Fortinet to develop integrated solutions. The Fortinet Fabric-Ready Partner Program provides partners with an edge by being allied with a rapidly growing and widely deployed market leader. Customers also benefit from the knowledge and confidence that the Fabric-Ready partner has worked with Fortinet to validate and deliver integrated solutions ready for deployment. Fabric-Ready alliance partners can tap into Fortinet’s alliance program, technical integration, co-marketing, and training resources, further ensuring joint customer success. 

For more information on the Fabric-Ready Partner Program and how to become a Fabric-Ready partner, visit here

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Delivering on the Fortinet Vision

The world has transitioned to a digital business model, where organizations in every sector and region now run on applications. And at the same time, the number of network edges that IT teams need to manage has exploded, especially as huge sections of the workforce have now transitioned to working from home. This new business model is built around fast access to information, high-performance applications, instant collaboration, and customized experiences for both workers and consumers.

In such an environment, criminals exploit distributed networks and fragmented security to target companies with increasingly sophisticated malware designed to steal data, corrupt systems, and even disrupt the economy. Experts estimate that the cost of cybercrime to organizations worldwide is more than $100 billion, with business interruptions accounting for 60% of losses.

Founded over two decades ago, Fortinet’s mission has always been to secure users, devices, applications, and edges everywhere, making possible a digital world people can always trust. We continue to provide the broadest portfolio of security technologies in the industry, with solutions designed to cover the entire attack surface. And as a result of our commitment to innovation and engineering, our solutions are the most deployed, the most validated by third-party labs, and the most patented, having been awarded over 700 patents with hundreds more pending—more than most of our competitors combined. 

Putting Innovation First 

One of the things that sets Fortinet apart is our unrelenting commitment to innovation. Our security solutions are designed to address the way today’s companies do business. To start, all of our solutions are built around a common operating system, FortiOS. This common foundation enables interoperability between technologies, extends visibility, enhances control, and enables unified management and orchestration. 

FortiOS is designed to run on any network and protect any edge, including our new cloud-based service that extends the Fortinet Security Fabric to today’s hybrid workforce through FortiSASE. The Fortinet Security Fabric ensures that solutions deployed anywhere, regardless of their form factor or the network they run on, can see each other, share threat intelligence, and coordinate a unified response to threats. It supports our unique security-driven networking approach that blends security, networking, and connectivity into a unified solution. And because the fabric is based on common standards and open APIs, hundreds of solutions from Fortinet’s Fabric-ready Partners help ensure that organization can leverage their existing investments to ensure security is deployed consistently to every corner of their network.

These development efforts all have a common goal: to create the broadest platform possible built around deeply integrated solutions that support the performance and automation needs of today’s digital businesses.

Broad: The Fortinet Security Fabric platform can be deployed anywhere, in any form factor, enabling organizations to deploy security, networking, and connectivity solutions anywhere their users, devices, and data are deployed. 

Integrated: The solutions that operate within the Fortinet Security Fabric are purpose-built to interoperate as a unified security system, sharing threat intelligence, enforcing policies, building self-healing connections, enhancing user experience, and coordinating responses to threats even across highly distributed networks—all tied together through a central, single-pane-of-glass management and orchestration system.

Automated: The goal of any platform should be to accelerate services through automation. Cybercriminal attacks can happen in the blink of an eye—faster than any human can respond. Security systems need to not only detect, investigate, and respond to threats in real-time, but also monitor the network to ensure that connections are stable, applications are optimized, and dynamic changes don’t create security gaps that expose companies to unnecessary risk. To ensure the best possible response times to all of these challenges, we have added advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning to the Fortinet Security Fabric designed to see, respond to, and even anticipate needs at digital speeds.

Solutions Designed for the Real World

Because Fortinet solutions have been designed to interoperate, we can combine them into solution sets able to solve critical challenges that legacy security solutions could never address.

Security-Driven Networking: We tightly integrate security with networking and connectivity solutions to ensure that even the most dynamic environments and edges are always protected. Our security-driven networking approach is designed to address the challenges of the expanding attack surface, from remote workers to multi-cloud adoption, where traditional security strategies struggle to keep up. By weaving security and networking together, security no longer functions as an overlay. Instead, it is deeply aware of networking functions and can adjust configurations, policies, and protocols on the fly to ensure continuous protection and consistent enforcement. Our Secure SD-WAN and new FortiSASE cloud-delivered services combine advanced networking and enterprise-grade security into a unified solution for remote workers, homes offices, and branch environments

Zero Trust Access: Zero Trust Access (ZTA) is an essential strategy for protecting today’s distributed networks from the growing number of devices needing access. However, a piecemeal approach to ZTA control is not only costly and cumbersome to manage but can also leave serious security gaps. The Fortinet Zero-Trust Access (ZTA) framework leverages a tightly integrated collection of security solutions, enabling organizations to identify and classify all users and devices, assess their state of compliance with internal security policies, and automatically assign them to zones of control. And our Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) solution extends this functionality to the cloud, securing access to critical applications whether users are on or off the network.

Adaptive Cloud Security: The adoption of a variety of cloud solutions has made maintaining consistent security increasingly challenging. For example, each cloud platform has unique requirements, meaning that a security solution deployed on one platform may not provide the same degree of enforcement or communicate seamlessly with solutions deployed on another. Fortinet delivers the most comprehensive cloud security solutions in the industry, whether running as cloud-native solutions on every major provider’s platform, functioning as a container-based solution to enhance cloud-based DevOps functions, or as a cloud-based service to secure solutions and optimize the performance of devices whether on or off the network.

Engineering the Future 

Fortinet has always been committed to not only providing the security that businesses need today, but in anticipating the security needs of tomorrow. 

Our performance-enhancing security processors (SPUs), for example, are already delivering the security performance organizations will need tomorrow. But to make that happen, we had to begin developing them well over a decade ago. 

Our fully integrated Security Fabric platform, years in the making, is perfectly suited for today’s distributed networks, including the new hybrid workforce, extending enterprise-grade security to every edge of the network. 

Security-driven Networking enables organizations to implement increasingly complex and highly flexible networking environments without compromising security because security, networking, and connectivity are woven together into a unified solution. 

And our advances in AI-based security technology are now woven into the Security Fabric, helping ensure that organizations can receive essential, actionable threat intelligence, identify and investigate unusual behavior, and coordinate a unified response across the entire distributed network to neutralize threats in seconds.

But while innovation plays a critical role in our strategy, innovation alone isn’t enough. Organizations need to be able to rely on a security company year after year, ensuring that their security investments remain viable and their protections remain scalable as their organization grows and expands. Fortinet’s strong financials and profitability, our longevity in the marketplace, our ongoing commitment to the highest standards of innovation, and our unprecedented track record of future-proofing our security solutions means that organizations can rely on Fortinet to deliver the security they need today, tomorrow, and beyond. 

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Fortinet Products Designed for the Real World

The world has transitioned to a digital business model, where organizations in every sector and region now run on applications. And at the same time, the number of network edges that IT teams need to manage has exploded, especially as huge sections of the workforce have now transitioned to working from home. This new business model is built around fast access to information, high-performance applications, instant collaboration, and customized experiences for both workers and consumers with the help of Fortinet products designed for the real world.

In such an environment, criminals exploit distributed networks and fragmented security to target companies with increasingly sophisticated malware designed to steal data, corrupt systems, and even disrupt the economy. Experts estimate that the cost of cybercrime to organizations worldwide is more than $100 billion, with business interruptions accounting for 60% of losses.

Founded over two decades ago, Fortinet’s mission has always been to secure users, devices, applications, and edges everywhere, making possible a digital world people can always trust. We continue to provide the broadest portfolio of security technologies in the industry, with solutions designed to cover the entire attack surface. And as a result of our commitment to innovation and engineering, our solutions are the most deployed, the most validated by third-party labs, and the most patented, having been awarded over 700 patents with hundreds more pending—more than most of our competitors combined. 

Putting Innovation First With Fortinet Products

One of the things that sets Fortinet apart is our unrelenting commitment to innovation. Our security solutions are designed to address the way today’s companies do business. To start, all of our solutions are built around a common operating system, FortiOS. This common foundation enables interoperability between technologies, extends visibility, enhances control, and enables unified management and orchestration. 

FortiOS is designed to run on any network and protect any edge, including our new cloud-based service that extends the Fortinet Security Fabric to today’s hybrid workforce through FortiSASE. The Fortinet Security Fabric ensures that solutions deployed anywhere, regardless of their form factor or the network they run on, can see each other, share threat intelligence, and coordinate a unified response to threats. It supports our unique security-driven networking approach that blends security, networking, and connectivity into a unified solution. And because the fabric is based on common standards and open APIs, hundreds of solutions from Fortinet’s Fabric-ready Partners help ensure that organization can leverage their existing investments to ensure security is deployed consistently to every corner of their network.

These development efforts all have a common goal: to create the broadest platform possible built around deeply integrated solutions that support the performance and automation needs of today’s digital businesses.

Broad: The Fortinet Security Fabric platform can be deployed anywhere, in any form factor, enabling organizations to deploy security, networking, and connectivity solutions anywhere their users, devices, and data are deployed. 

Integrated: The solutions that operate within the Fortinet Security Fabric are purpose-built to interoperate as a unified security system, sharing threat intelligence, enforcing policies, building self-healing connections, enhancing user experience, and coordinating responses to threats even across highly distributed networks—all tied together through a central, single-pane-of-glass management and orchestration system.

Automated: The goal of any platform should be to accelerate services through automation. Cybercriminal attacks can happen in the blink of an eye—faster than any human can respond. Security systems need to not only detect, investigate, and respond to threats in real-time, but also monitor the network to ensure that connections are stable, applications are optimized, and dynamic changes don’t create security gaps that expose companies to unnecessary risk. To ensure the best possible response times to all of these challenges, we have added advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning to the Fortinet Security Fabric designed to see, respond to, and even anticipate needs at digital speeds.

Solutions Designed for the Real World

Because Fortinet solutions have been designed to interoperate, we can combine them into solution sets able to solve critical challenges that legacy security solutions could never address.

Security-Driven Networking: We tightly integrate security with networking and connectivity solutions to ensure that even the most dynamic environments and edges are always protected. Our security-driven networking approach is designed to address the challenges of the expanding attack surface, from remote workers to multi-cloud adoption, where traditional security strategies struggle to keep up. By weaving security and networking together, security no longer functions as an overlay. Instead, it is deeply aware of networking functions and can adjust configurations, policies, and protocols on the fly to ensure continuous protection and consistent enforcement. Our Secure SD-WAN and new FortiSASE cloud-delivered services combine advanced networking and enterprise-grade security into a unified solution for remote workers, homes offices, and branch environments

Zero Trust Access: Zero Trust Access (ZTA) is an essential strategy for protecting today’s distributed networks from the growing number of devices needing access. However, a piecemeal approach to ZTA control is not only costly and cumbersome to manage but can also leave serious security gaps. The Fortinet Zero-Trust Access (ZTA) framework leverages a tightly integrated collection of security solutions, enabling organizations to identify and classify all users and devices, assess their state of compliance with internal security policies, and automatically assign them to zones of control. And our Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) solution extends this functionality to the cloud, securing access to critical applications whether users are on or off the network.

Adaptive Cloud Security: The adoption of a variety of cloud solutions has made maintaining consistent security increasingly challenging. For example, each cloud platform has unique requirements, meaning that a security solution deployed on one platform may not provide the same degree of enforcement or communicate seamlessly with solutions deployed on another. Fortinet delivers the most comprehensive cloud security solutions in the industry, whether running as cloud-native solutions on every major provider’s platform, functioning as a container-based solution to enhance cloud-based DevOps functions, or as a cloud-based service to secure solutions and optimize the performance of devices whether on or off the network.

Engineering the Future With Fortinet Products

Fortinet has always been committed to not only providing the security that businesses need today, but in anticipating the security needs of tomorrow. 

Our performance-enhancing security processors (SPUs), for example, are already delivering the security performance organizations will need tomorrow. But to make that happen, we had to begin developing them well over a decade ago. 

Our fully integrated Security Fabric platform, years in the making, is perfectly suited for today’s distributed networks, including the new hybrid workforce, extending enterprise-grade security to every edge of the network. 

Security-driven Networking enables organizations to implement increasingly complex and highly flexible networking environments without compromising security because security, networking, and connectivity are woven together into a unified solution. 

And our advances in AI-based security technology are now woven into the Security Fabric, helping ensure that organizations can receive essential, actionable threat intelligence, identify and investigate unusual behavior, and coordinate a unified response across the entire distributed network to neutralize threats in seconds.

But while innovation plays a critical role in our strategy, innovation alone isn’t enough. Organizations need to be able to rely on a security company year after year, ensuring that their security investments remain viable and their protections remain scalable as their organization grows and expands with Fortinet products. Fortinet’s strong financials and profitability, our longevity in the marketplace, our ongoing commitment to the highest standards of innovation, and our unprecedented track record of future-proofing our security solutions means that organizations can rely on Fortinet to deliver the security they need today, tomorrow, and beyond. 

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Fortinet WAF Solutions Help Secure 5G in Ericsson Cloud Infrastructure

Fortinet is committed to helping our customers protect their applications and APIs anywhere they choose to deploy them, including 5G networks. We’re pleased to announce that the FortiWeb Web Application Firewall (WAF) as a Cloud Native Function (CNF) has been added to the list of certified applications in Ericsson Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI). Combined with the previously certified Fortinet FortiGate next-generation firewall as a VNF, mobile network operators can now offer best-in-class network security from the perimeter to applications and application programming interfaces, running on Ericsson Cloud Infrastructure.

Securing 5G with FortiWeb WAF

As mobile providers deploy 5G new radio and 5G core, the transformation from the 4G to 5G Core is underpinned by a flexible, dynamic and programmable cloud  native platform. Integrating security to provide visibility and protection into this underlying cloud native platform is paramount to protect 5G core functions, applications and services. Alongside the FortiGate NGFW, FortiWeb API protection secures the Cloud Native Infrastructure and Kubernetes nodes, and enforces Security controls for north-south, and east-west traffic flows. 

Getting multiple VNFs and CNFs up and running can be a costly and time-consuming process for a mobile network operator. Applications vary greatly in function, deployment and life cycle requirements. Without the right tools to enable automation, the complexity of the infrastructure can defeat the purpose of network virtualization. Fortinet’s combined solution, which has now passed the VNF/CNF certification processes, will help minimize the application onboarding challenges for Telcos and Service providers using Ericsson NFVI.

In order to address the validation challenges of our Telco and Service provider customers, we welcomed the opportunity to participate in the standardized testing framework developed by Ericsson to ensure the functionality and operational readiness of the FortiGate VNF and FortiWeb CNF throughout an application’s lifecycle within the Ericsson Cloud Infrastructure offering.

Fortinet’s Adaptive Cloud Security

Fortinet provides the broadest set of security offerings for any cloud, enabling organizations to secure any application on any cloud while maintaining a consistent posture. Making FortiWeb available as Cloud Native Function (CNF) to protect 5G core functions, applications and services is just one more example of how we’re supporting our customers as they leverage new technologies to support their digital innovation initiatives.

Learn more about how Fortinet’s adaptive cloud security solutions can help you protect all your applications, data, and workloads across all the clouds you rely on.

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