By John Maddison
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 behaviour, 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.