Cybersecurity

Fortinet’s Open Fabric Ecosystem helps businesses achieve integrated security

The evolving threat landscape coupled with a highly distributed workforce is rapidly expanding the digital attack surface. With this premise, Fortinet Security Fabric aims to deliver end-to-end security with broad visibility and seamless management through integrated, pre-validated solutions.

The cybersecurity solutions firm also announced recently that its Fortinet Security Fabric has reached more than 400 technology integrations in its Open Fabric Ecosystem. These integrations are made possible through Fortinet’s Fabric-Ready Partner Program, made up of strategic partnerships with industry-leading organizations to offer pre-validated solutions that provide advanced security and enhanced visibility across the entire digital infrastructure.

“Fortinet features one of the largest ecosystems in the industry that extends the breadth of the Security Fabric beyond our own products, achieving a more holistic view of the IT infrastructure,” said John Maddison, EVP of Products and CMO, Fortinet. “As a result of more than 400 integrations, customers benefit from improved security effectiveness, reduced complexity and simplified operations, resulting in an overall greater ROI and comprehensive protection across their entire digital attack surface.”

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Multiple vendors

It has been more than a year since the work-from-home arrangement became the norm but there are still organizations that are trying to figure out how to manage their IT and security postures. The sudden shift also had companies make quick decisions that they ended up dealing with multiple vendors.

Fortinet said this created critical gaps that increased security risks. With employees working in different locations and each using different networks means that visibility is a challenge for the IT personnel.

“In fact, nearly two-thirds of enterprises in EMA’s Network Management Megatrends 2020 report indicated they use between 4 and 10 network management tools,” Fortinet said in a media release.

Security Fabric, Fortinet explained, is an open architecture and integrated platform that provides complete visibility and comprehensive security across every network segment and device, whether it is hardware, virtual or cloud-based.

Through Fortinet’s Fabric Ecosystem, the Security Fabric has more than 400 integrations, unifying an array of solutions that communicate and work together to detect, monitor, block, and remediate attacks across the entire attack surface.

Fortinet’s Open Fabric Ecosystem

Fortinet’s Fabric-Ready Partner Program was launched in 2016 and was designed to provide program infrastructure, resources and tools for alliance partners to integrate with the Security Fabric, develop joint solutions and become part of the ecosystem. Fabric-Ready technology alliance partnerships now span a wide array of technology areas, including cloud, OT, IoT, SD-WAN, networking and more.

Fortinet-developed deep integrations (Fabric Connectors) into technology partner platforms that automate operations, policies, and processes. While the partner-developed Fabric API integrations are built for a broad range of ecosystem solutions to secure the entire digital attack surface.

With developers in mind, Fortinet developed Fabric DevOps, a community-driven set of security automation and orchestration tools and scripts developed by Fortinet, partners, and customers. Addressing threat intelligence meant partnerships and integration with other vendor technology integrations with extended Fabric Ecosystem.

Fortinet said customers can select from and leverage a broad array of integrated solutions to secure their infrastructure that fits best with whatever phase they’re in on their digital journey. The Open Fabric Ecosystem solutions extend the benefits of the Security Fabric and are a testament to the openness of the Security Fabric and inclusive philosophy of the Fabric-Ready Partner Program.