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|Fortinet Security Fabric Lays the Foundation for Intent-Based Network Security|
|Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 09:59:06 AM|
Fortinet Expands Security Fabric Visibility and Automation Capabilities Across Security Devices and Into Network and Security Operations Centers
FORTINET ACCELERATE 2017 CONFERENCE – LAS VEGAS, January 10, 2017
Ken Xie, founder, chairman of the board and chief executive officer at Fortinet “The demands of today’s digital economy are driving increasingly complex networks that require highly skilled and rare talent to design, deploy, operate, and most importantly secure. Today’s point products and platform security solutions simply aren’t capable of providing the solution breadth, processing performance, or advanced automation necessary to address these demands. It’s clear that traditional approaches to security are quickly becoming unsustainable. The Fortinet Security Fabric delivers the broad, powerful, and automated security solutions needed to solve today’s challenges while laying the foundation for the self-sufficient, Intent-Based Network Security that will be critical to protect tomorrow’s enterprises.
Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), the global leader in high-performance cybersecurity solutions, today announced enhanced offerings that provide the building blocks for tomorrow’s self-provisioning, self-operating and self-correcting, Intent-Based Network Security. The latest innovations in the Security Fabric include the release of FortiOS 5.6, the world’s most advanced security operating system, along with Fortinet’s new Security Operations Solution.
The Fortinet Security Fabric Lays the Groundwork for Tomorrow’s Intent-Based Network Security
According to a recent report by Joe Skorupa and Andrew Lerner, “Intent-based networking adoption is being driven by digital business transformation's requirements to increase network agility while increasing reliability/availability. The increasing complexity of networks, combined with critical skills shortages in design/deploy/operate tasks, are increasing pressure on infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders to find a better way to map the requirements of the business to infrastructure behavior in a timely, consistent and verifiable way.”1
As a complement to intent-based networking technologies, Fortinet’s vision is to deliver Intent-Based Network Security that will enable the Fortinet Security Fabric to automatically translate business requirements into synchronized network security actions without human intervention. This will free enterprises to design more advanced security architectures while greatly simplifying complex deployments and reducing operational burdens; ultimately delivering largely self-sufficient technology infrastructures capable of continuously maintaining an optimal security posture across the entire attack surface.
The major enhancements to Fortinet’s flagship operating system combined with its Security Operations Solution deliver unprecedented vision and automation capabilities across an enterprise’s entire infrastructure, from the endpoints to the cloud. These combined capabilities also represent continued innovation of the Fortinet Security Fabric and provide a framework for tomorrow’s advanced Intent-Based Network Security.
FortiOS Expands Security Fabric Capabilities Across Devices and Applications
The FortiOS release 5.6 combines numerous technological innovations to deliver universal and centralized capabilities far beyond those of traditional security platforms or point solutions available today.
Security Operations Solutions Unifies Network and Security Operations Delivering End-to-End Security Fabric Visibility
The Fortinet Security Operations Solution unifies network and security operations within the Fortinet Security Fabric to arm IT and security leaders with insights that maximize their technology infrastructure. Security Operations consists of FortiSIEM, FortiAnalyzer, and FortiManager solutions that can be deployed standalone or in conjunction to meet the unique needs of individual organizations.
“Intent-based networking adoption is being driven by digital business transformation's requirements to increase network agility while increasing reliability/availability. The increasing complexity of networks, combined with critical skills shortages in design/deploy/operate tasks, are increasing pressure on infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders to find a better way to map the requirements of the business to infrastructure behavior in a timely, consistent and verifiable way.”1
“Unlike any other approach, intent-based networking algorithmically proves the "correctness" of the configuration before deployment and continuously monitors the operation of the network. If it detects a condition that no longer satisfies the intent of the design, it alerts operations and, if possible, takes corrective action to re-establish the correctness.”1
“Intent-based networking solutions promise to dramatically improve network design and operation. In today's enterprise networks, we are dependent on network architects' ability to understand the totality of the environment, and their ability to generate a design that meets the needs of the applications they support. However, as computing environments became larger, more complex and more dynamic, it became impossible for the architect to achieve more than an "informed best guess" of the required configuration — to verify or prove the correctness of the design/configuration — the intent. This leads to unplanned outages and sometimes long, difficult troubleshooting activities.”1
FortiOS Release 5.6 will be available to download in the first quarter of 2017. Fortinet’s Security Operations Solution is available now.
1 Gartner, Emerging Technology Analysis: Intent-Based Network Design and Operation, Joe Skorupa, Andrew Lerner, 08 November 2016