Fortinet: Next-Gen Security Built for the SD-WAN Era

Fortinet: Next-Gen Security Built for the SD-WAN Era

John Maddison, SVP, Products and Solutions, FortinetJohn Maddison, SVP, Products and Solutions
Software-defined wide area networks (SD-WAN), enabled by an agile, flexible, and scalable networking approach, have emerged as the answer to the modern needs of bandwidth-hungry SaaS applications and cloud-based distributed branches of an enterprise. Unfortunately, while most SD-WAN discussions in an enterprise are usually centered on network performance and throughput, the security aspects of an SD-WAN solution often takes a backseat. John Maddison, SVP, Products and Solutions of Fortinet, explains that instead SD-WAN vendors tend to approach the security challenge of protecting data in motion across a WAN by simply embedding basic security features into their offerings that are localized to Layer 3 network controls, which does not really address the sophisticated security challenges today’s networks are battling. Moreover, while it’s the networking team that selects and deploys an SD-WAN solution, the security team is responsible for securing it, most often by deploying a separate next-generation firewall (NGFW) that may or may not become a bottleneck for the services that the SD-WAN solution was deployed to provide. Additionally, since these two separate teams are required to manage two different types of siloed products using completely separate management consoles, not only the total cost of ownership (TCO) of the solution often exceeds what the CIO bargained for, but visibility and control often still remain constricted.

There is another approach. By consolidating security and advanced SD-WAN capabilities into a single, unified device, some next-generation firewalls are rising to the challenge. Fortinet offers FortiGate firewalls that are suited to cater to the efficiency expected of today’s networks. The SD-WAN-enabled NGFW, FortiGate, plays a leading role in protecting the critical infrastructure, from Layer 3

through Layer 7, while supporting the full range of functionality demanded by SD-WAN administrators. This approach improves WAN efficiency without compromising on security by enabling customers to dynamically distribute applications across multiple links, monitor those links to ensure optimum performance levels, while simultaneously inspecting traffic and enforcing security policies at every point along the SD-WAN connection.

“The two traditionally distinct markets of the distributed enterprise and branch office are starting to merge due to the increased adoption of SD-WAN,” says Maddison. “Integrating SD-WAN technology with next generation firewall (NGFW) security reduces the complexity and costs for these segments by optimizing transport, prioritizing applications, and providing high availability to business-critical traffic, while actively inspecting and monitoring that traffic for suspicious activity.

Fortinet’s secure SD-WAN capabilities are focused on optimizing transport, prioritizing applications, and providing high availability to business-critical traffic, all seamlessly integrated into a secure next-generation security appliance

All while continuing to deliver high performance and extensive WAN and LAN connectivity options.”

With such capabilities in place inside a single, integrated solution, enterprise branch customers can provide direct connections to cloud applications to improve performance and productivity, reduce costs by replacing traditional Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) with a cost-effective WAN solution, all while increasing the security of that information as it moves across the extended network. By integrating security and WAN functionality into a single platform, Fortinet helps companies streamline their operations by reducing the complexity with a single pane of glass controller and simplified deployment procedure.

Fortinet augments its SD-WAN capabilities through the Fortinet Security Fabric, an integrated, automated, and broad 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. The Security Fabric enables distributed enterprises to reduce complexity and simplify implementation of the advanced network architectures needed to compete in the current digital economy.

In tandem with burgeoning dynamic networks, Fortinet’s Security Fabric has been strengthened with the latest version of their network security operating system, FortiOS 6.0. Built on integrated and automated security framework, FortiOS 6.0 has more than 200 new features and capabilities that guarantee increased automation of security operations and advanced protection features to tackle the attacks lurking out on the horizon. The operating system delivers advanced security across the entire network by integrating platforms that were siloed by previous security solutions. This allows the Fortinet OS to have better visibility of the entire network and support faster deployment of resources if a threat is detected. The automation-driven security system in the operating system can learn trends and even anticipate security events over time.“As the world’s most deployed network security operating system, FortiOS improves the efficiency of the Security Fabric through broad visibility, integrated detection of advanced threats, and automated response, combined with the continuous trust assessment required to secure today’s digital businesses.”

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Fortinet Unveils Cloud-to-Cloud SD-WAN Solution to Simplify and Enhance Multi-Cloud Applications

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - John Maddison, EVP of products and CMO at Fortinet

For enterprises deploying applications and workloads across multiple clouds, the need to seamlessly manage connectivity and maintain security across the diverse infrastructure is higher than ever. Fortinet Secure SD-WAN solutions provide connectivity and security across diverse cloud infrastructures while optimizing application user experience. Fortinet enables enterprises to realize the true potential of SD-WAN by enabling it to be implemented anywhere. From home, campus to cloud, data center to cloud, and now cloud to cloud, Fortinet delivers the industrys most scalable, cost effective and secure SD-WAN solution on the market.

Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, today announced Fortinet Secure SD-WAN for Multi-Cloud, a networking and security solution that solves common application performance, visibility, cost, and control challenges associated with multi-cloud deployments by enabling SD-WAN across multiple clouds and regions.

Most enterprises today “ 93% by recent estimates “ have a multi-cloud strategy in place and work with multiple cloud providers to meet a number of business needs, including disaster recovery, data backup, application resiliency, and global coverage. However, managing and securing an assortment of different private and public cloud workloads and environments remains a challenge, with many organizations choosing to connect their clouds via their on-premises data center WAN edge. The use of this type of traditional WAN infrastructure approach, though secure, inhibits multi-cloud capabilities and results in deployment complexity, inconsistent network performance, and expensive connectivity.

Fortinet Secure SD-WAN for Multi-Cloud is a new approach to establishing secure and high-performance connectivity between public cloud workloads running on multiple clouds without increasing cost and complexity. Available in all major cloud providers, Fortinet Secure SD-WAN for Multi-cloud enables a consistent network architecture leveraging SD-WAN capabilities between clouds and empowers application developers and enterprise IT to build a high speed and seamless cloud-to-cloud network and security architecture. Fortinet Secure SD-WAN for Multi-Cloud uniquely offers a secure and effective infrastructure for maximizing the benefits of enterprise multi-cloud deployments by:

Automating the deployment of a consistent overlay network across different cloud networks, reducing complexity and increasing agility to save teams time and resources.

Offers end-to-end visibility, control, and centralized management that unifies functionality across multiple cloud environments through cloud native integrations.

Securely transports application traffic between clouds without needing to backhaul through the data center, enabling better scaling of deployments and reducing latency.

Intelligently selects connections based on application characteristics employing dynamic path selection, improving performance and optimizing cost by selecting the best internet or leased line link.

Provides an application developer-friendly API to enable programmers the ability to consistently represent their network and security requirements.

Fortinet Performance Advantage On-Premises and in the Cloud

Fortinet delivers Secure SD-WAN as an integrated feature of its industry-leading FortiGate Next-generation Firewall, powered by the industrys first SD-WAN ASIC to enable better application experience, higher performance, and better cost efficiency “ with Security Compute Ratings up to 17 times better than competitor solutions. Fortinet Secure SD-WAN for Multi-Cloud, delivered via FortiGate-VM, a virtual appliance, is powered by Fortinets patented vSPU technology and maintains a performance advantage in the cloud, including over 20Gbps of IPsec performance “ 10 times the industry average “ for fast encrypted connections over internet and leased line links to reduce operational costs. By leveraging the broad FortiGate-VM footprint across all major cloud platforms, as well as market leading FortiGate appliances on-premises, enterprise organizations can benefit from cloud-agnostic consistent multi-cloud networks without compromising on security and performance.

Fortinet Secure SD-WAN for Multi-Cloud, which securely connects applications and workloads across multiple clouds, complements Fortinets existing Secure SD-WAN Cloud On-Ramp capabilities to securely connect users and offices to applications and cloud workloads.

SD-WAN for the Entire End-to-End Enterprise

Fortinet delivers a Secure SD-WAN product portfolio designed for the entire end-to-end enterprise with physical appliances for large data centers, branch offices, remote sites, and home offices, as well as virtual appliances for multi-cloud deployments. Fortinet Secure SD-WANs ability to scale from home office to branch to cloud all tied to a single operating system via the Fortinet Security Fabric ensures networking and security policies seamlessly work across multiple environments and cloud platforms, enabled by the latest threat intelligence from FortiGuard Labs.

Fortinet brings best of Accelerate to pan-Africa in first Africa Virtual Security Day

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Fortinet ( will host its first Africa Virtual Security Day on 16 September 2020, bringing to pan-African CEOs, CIOs and CISOs the latest updates on building a dynamic security strategy and how to securely enable digital innovation.

As more organisations accelerate their digital innovation initiatives, their evolving infrastructure exposes them to new security risks. Organisations must cope with attack surface growth, advanced threats, and increased management complexity, Perry Hutton Regional VP - Africa at Fortinet, says.

At the first Fortinet Africa Virtual Security Day, international experts will give customers and partners an overview of the key trends and challenges facing Africas CIOs, CEOs and CISOs right now. Featuring strategy-focused plenary sessions, deep dive technology tracks and channel tracks, this event will present thought leadership, the latest technology insights, and business development information.

In the plenary session, experts will cover the need for accelerated security for accelerated digitisation, security as a business enabler, and trends in AI-enabled security. The technology sessions will address developments in cloud, SD-WAN and SASE, OT, EDR, Zero Trust models and Security Operations. For channel partners and potential partners, a dedicated channel track will outline how to grow a SMB security footprint with Fortinet, building a renewal and expansion strategy, why partners should specialise, deal registration, the value of the partner portal and current promotions. The day will round off with Fortinets regional channel awards.

Hutton says: By hosting this as a virtual event, Fortinet is now able to give thousands of delegates from across Africa a taste of our hugely popular Accelerate events. Our global customer and partner events are renowned for keeping attendees up to date with the latest threat trends, solutions and information security business opportunities. This virtual event will be no different, and enhanced by the fact that its virtual nature allows us to hear content from a larger number of expert international presenters.

Of key interest to Africas CIOs and CISOs will be Fortinets progress in integrating Artificial Intelligence into cyber security to improve prevention, detection and response capabilities and address the alarming lack of cybersecurity experts. We will also focus on SD-WAN and how its transforming wide area networks as well as Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), an emerging framework designed to integrate networking and security. While SASE is generally classified as a cloud-delivered service, we will outline Fortinets approach, outlining situations where organisations may require a combination of physical and cloud-based solutions for SASE to work effectively.

Fortinets Latest Firewall Integrates Networking and Security in a Single Platform to Protect Any Edge and Large Remote Workforces

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - John Maddison, EVP of Products and CMO at Fortinet

Enterprise organizations are accelerating their digital innovation initiatives while also having to secure a remote and hybrid workforce. In this complex environment, deploying enterprise-class security anywhere is essential. Fortinets security-driven networking approach accelerates the convergence of networking and security to protect any edge, including enterprise data center, WAN, and cloud edges - all from a single network firewall platform.

News Summary

Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, today announced the FortiGate 2600F, Fortinets latest network firewall that enables security-driven networking to protect multiple edges including hybrid data centers, multi-cloud environments and large-scale remote workforces. Powered by Fortinets purpose-built security processing units (SPUs), NP7 and CP9, the FortiGate 2600F offers some of the highest performance figures in the industry with Security Compute Ratings of up to 10 times higher than competitor solutions to enable the following use cases for large enterprises:

• Highspeed cloud on-ramps: The FortiGate 2600F enables highly secure and extremely fast cloud on-ramps to connect enterprise data centers to multiple cloud environments, allowing organizations to effectively use cloud-based applications to analyze big data.

• Protect any edge at any scale: The FortiGate 2600F provides full visibility with SSL inspection (including TLS1.3), detects unauthorized applications and threats, and protects users and data that traverse through hybrid data center environments to manage external risks. FortiGate 2600F offers hardware-accelerated resiliency through IPv4 and IPv6 DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) metering for flooding attacks to ensure business continuity for services edge.

• Flexibility to empower large remote workforces: The FortiGate 2600F is engineered for flexibility to enable a large remote workforce to come online with speed and productivity. The FortiGate 2600F ensures confidentiality and integrity of sensitive company data in transit and monitoring to align with an organizations existing cybersecurity. The FortiGate 2600F offers an average of 9x faster IPsec VPN to allow organizations to implement business continuity while sustaining ongoing operations.

• Simplify operations and realize better ROI: A recent Fortinet survey of cybersecurity leaders showed almost 70% of organizations are concerned about insider threats. FortiGate 2600F combines segmentation, SD-WAN and network firewall capabilities in a single compact platform to help large enterprises reduce complexity, simplify operations and take advantage of ROI benefits. The 2600F also reduces the attack surface through segmentation and protects corporate data and business applications with AI/ML-powered FortiGuard Labs Services. FortiGate 2600F enables hardware-accelerated VXLAN segmentation to enable secure and super-fast communication within hybrid IT architectures leveraging Virtual Extension LAN (VXLAN).