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A Leader in Data Center Security Gateway: Fortinet

thesiliconreview-ken-xie-ceo-fortinet-18“We provide top-rated network and content security, as well as secure access products that share intelligence and work together to form a cooperative fabric.”

Founded in 2000 by Ken Xie and headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, with offices around the globe, Fortinet’s unique security fabric combines Security Processors, an intuitive operating system, and applied threat intelligence to give you proven security, exceptional performance, and better visibility and control—while providing easier administration.

Led by a strong management team with deep experience in networking and security, Fortinet first pioneered the concept of Unified Threat Management (UTM), which unified these functions into single, highly functional appliances. With the rise of IoT, cloud, and mobility, Fortinet is now leading the way in evolving to the next generation of cybersecurity with its holistic Security Fabric vision and portfolio of solutions, which secure the entire attack service from IoT to the cloud and from user to data. Fortinet completed its IPO in 2009, which was lauded by Renaissance Capital as “IPO of the Year.”

Fortinet: Dedicated to Delivering Security without Compromise

The company’s flagship enterprise firewall platform, FortiGate, is available in a wide range of sizes and form factors to fit any environment and provides a broad array of next-generation security and networking functions. Complementary products can be deployed with a FortiGate to enable a simplified, end-to-end security infrastructure covering: Network security, Data center security, Cloud security, secure access, Infrastructure security, Content security, Endpoint security and Application Security.

Fortinet’s market position and solution effectiveness have been widely validated by industry analysts, independent testing labs, business organizations, and media outlets worldwide. The firm is proud to count the majority of Fortune 500 companies among its satisfied customers.

Top Threat Intelligence Research

Fortinet solutions, including the FortiGate firewall platform, are powered by the security services developed by FortiGuard Labs. FortiGuard Labs consists of more than 200 expert researchers and analysts around the world. The researchers work with world-class, in-house developed tools, and technology to discover and study breaking threats. They then update FortiGuard security services to protect against those threats.

The threat research team has dedicated experts studying every critical area including malware, botnets, mobile, and zero-day vulnerabilities. These critical threat insights are shared through a portal dedicated to FortiGuard and with our threat intelligence partners. Service analysts study the malicious code and develop mitigation signatures while technology developers continually update security protection engines globally to combat evolving threats through FortiGuard services.

FortiGuard Labs uses data collected from more than three million sensors around the globe to protect more than 320,000 customers every day.

A Broad Gauge Look at Fortinet’s Solutions

Fortinet’s high-performance network security platform has solutions for the core (internal segmentation), the edge (next-generation firewall), and access (secure access). The network operating system is flexible enough for deployments of all sizes and environments, from carriers to small businesses.

Enterprise Firewall Solution

Under constant attack, organizations cannot afford to choose between security and maintaining a high-performance business infrastructure. Your extended enterprise needs to prove security that won’t compromise performance: from deep within internal segments, to physical and virtual data centers, to dynamic cloud environments.

Deploying network security solutions from multiple vendors causes unnecessary complexity and introduces security gaps. Fortinet’s Enterprise Firewall Solution delivers industry-leading security effectiveness with unmatched performance capabilities—through one operating system managed within a single pane of glass.

This consolidated architecture gives you an immediate responsive and intelligent defense against malware and emerging threats with an integrated security fabric that extends across your borderless network.

The FortiGate family of network security appliances represents the industry’s broadest range of firewall platforms. FortiGate, interconnected with the Fortinet Security Fabric, form the backbone of the Fortinet Enterprise Firewall Solution.

Internal Segmentation Firewall (ISFW) Solution

With advanced threats growing rapidly in number and sophistication, perimeter security is no longer enough to keep your sensitive information safe. Once a threat gains entry, it can spread and eventually extract the valuable assets it was sent to retrieve.

You can dramatically improve your security by adding FortiGate Internal Network Segmentation Firewalls to your network to prevent the proliferation of threats once they get inside. ISFWs provide network segmentation inside the perimeter. They may sit in front of specific servers that contain a valuable intellectual property or a set of user devices or web applications sitting in the cloud.

Next-generation Firewall (NGFW) Solution

The FortiGate next-gen firewall is a high-performance network security appliance that adds intrusion prevention, application and user visibility, SSL inspection, and unknown threat detection to the traditional firewall. Its NGFW appliance protects the edge of the campus and internal segments using the performance of the FortiGate family with the security intelligence of FortiGuard Labs to:

  • Enforce security policies with granular control and visibility of users and devices for thousands of discrete applications
  • Identify and stop threats with powerful intrusion prevention beyond port and protocol that examines the actual content of your network traffic
  • Perform high-performance SSL inspection using industry-mandated ciphers
  • Proactively detect malicious unknown code using our cloud-based sandbox service
  • Provide you with real-time views into network activity with actionable application and risk dashboards and reports
  • Deliver superior multi-function performance by running on purpose-built appliances with custom ASICs

Fortinet ATP

Today’s threats are more sophisticated and successful than ever. According to its Fortinet Threat Landscape Report(Q4 2016), on average, organizations were compromised by more than six active bots communicating back to their command and control infrastructures. Based on botnet activity, it was found 36% of organizations exhibited ransomware activity, so it should come as no surprise that an estimated $850M was paid in ransoms in 2016.

Of course, that implies that the other 64% of organizations that exhibited botnet activity were impacted by other malware - highlighting the importance of stronger measures to deal with the volume and sophistication of today’s threat landscape.

With a dynamic attack surface due to the rise of IoT and cloud services, it’s clear that no one technology will be able to stop every threat. To protect your enterprise against sophisticated threats, it is important to establish a comprehensive and cohesive security infrastructure that is broad enough to cover all attack vectors, powerful enough to run the latest security technologies, and automated to keep pace with fast-moving attacks. 

Data Center Firewall and IPS Solution

The enterprise data center is evolving rapidly, incorporating technologies such as virtualization, software-defined networking, public cloud computing, along with advanced cybersecurity. Trying to apply traditional security solutions to these sorts of new technologies generally will not be effective. Enterprises need to evaluate their data center initiatives and how they will impact network security to ensure all areas of the data center remain protected.

In today’s dynamic and complex data centers, security must be flexible, effective, and easy to manage. It needs to bring order to the chaos—not add to it. Fortinet can protect your physical, virtual, and cloud servers with one solution—whether it’s for data center, private cloud, or public cloud deployments.

Application Security Solution

Web applications and email systems have long been favorite targets of hackers because they have access to valuable information and they are relatively easy to exploit. A successful attack can result in a variety of devastating consequences including financial loss, damage to brand reputation, and loss of customer trust. Most organizations do not recover from a major security breach, making it absolutely critical to protect your users and customers from threats that target applications and email systems.

Its Data Center Application Security solution consists of a robust and integrated set of products to protect against these attacks. We are the only company that delivers a complete single-vendor solution with the proven performance and security effectiveness to meet the increasing demands of today’s data centers. In addition, our application security solutions can be integrated with FortiGate next-generation firewalls and FortiSandbox sandbox for extra defenses against advanced persistent threats (APTs).

Secure Access Solution

Organizations are changing the way they deploy access networks, connected devices, and business applications to address a number of management challenges.

Securing business communications, personal information, financial transactions, and mobile devices involves much more than network access control. It requires scanning for malware, preventing access to malicious websites, endpoint integrity checking, and controlling application usage.

Typical Wi-Fi solutions cannot satisfactorily address these requirements. Only Fortinet’s Secure Access solution delivers three WLAN deployment options to meet the different WLAN requirements of today’s enterprises. In addition to WLAN services, our secure access portfolio also provides the most flexible security platform with end-to-end enforcement.

Cloud Security Solution

Cloud computing is becoming increasingly popular among enterprises looking to take advantage of the quick deployment, unprecedented scalability, and cost savings. Private cloud infrastructure, including virtualization and software-defined networking (SDN), are rapidly transforming data centers worldwide. At the same time, organizations are rapidly embracing public clouds, both migrating workloads to infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) clouds like AWS and Azure and adopting software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications. This results in a hybrid cloud and increasingly multi-cloud environment that is truly borderless for your enterprise users, data, and applications.

Evolving your infrastructure means your security must evolve as well, to protect your enterprise regardless of where your infrastructure and applications are running. If your security can’t keep up with the agile public, private, and hybrid cloud environments of today, gaps in protection will occur.

Amazing Clientele Reviews

“Fortinet’s solutions are helping us to manage a large, often difficult network that comes with many different use cases. The result is that we’re protecting Cambridge University’s students, staff, research, data integrity, and, ultimately, its reputation.”

- Ashley Culver, Network Services Manager, University of Cambridge

“The FortiGate enables us to eliminate multiple points of failure, simplify our infrastructure, and save money; all at the same time!”

- Steven Wright, Communications, and Technical Systems Manager, Manatee County School District

“ShipServ is experiencing unprecedented growth and the FortiGates and FortiGate VM give us the agility and flexibility to support wherever the business needs to go.”

- Dominic Aslan, vice president of IT operations, ShipServ 

Applaud the Founding Duo

Ken Xie, Founder, Chairman of the Board, and CEO:

A seasoned and successful entrepreneur, Ken Xie started his first network security company SIS in 1993, designing software firewalls while studying at Stanford University. In 1996, he realized the performance limitations of software firewalls running on PCs/servers, and as a result started NetScreen. In 2000, after recognizing that firewalls and VPNs alone could not stop content and application network attacks such as viruses, intrusions, spam, and malicious web content, Ken founded Fortinet. Ken earned an M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University and B.S. and M.S. degrees in electronic engineering from Tsinghua University. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a state-registered Professional Engineer. He also represents Fortinet as a member of the Board of Directors of the Cyber Threat Alliance.

Michael Xie, Founder, President, and CTO:

Michael Xie has more than 15 years of experience in the network security industry. Previously he held positions as software director and architect for NetScreen. He was honored with the 2009 Tech Innovator Awards by Everything Channel’s CRN. He was also named a 2006 Northern California Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young and a Top Technology Innovator by VARBusiness Magazine in 2004. Michael has an M.S. degree in electrical & computer engineering from the University of Manitoba as well as M.S. degrees in automobile engineering from Tsinghua University. 

“From the start, the Fortinet vision has been to deliver broad, truly integrated, high-performance security across the IT infrastructure.”