Fortinet announces industry’s first Secure SD-WAN appliances for operational technology environments

FortiGate Rugged 60F next-generation firewalls bring easy-to-deploy SD-WAN and integrated advanced security to OT networks

John Maddison, EVP of products and CMO, Fortinet, said, “The convergence of OT and IT is changing the way many organisations do business and is also opening up new security risks. It is essential that OT organisations implement security-driven networking solutions that deliver secure, reliable connectivity even in remote and harsh environments. The FortiGate Rugged 60F platform delivers Secure SD-WAN to enable OT system owners to confidently embrace digital innovation while sustaining safe and continuous operations. This news continues Fortinet’s commitment to making Secure SD-WAN available for all network edges and verticals.”

News summary

Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, has announced the FortiGate Rugged 60F and FortiGate Rugged 60F with built-in LTE next-generation firewalls, the industry’s first secure SD-WAN appliances certified to perform in operational technology (OT) environments. Built for non-environmentally controlled sites, these new ruggedised versions of the FortiGate platform enable the easy deployment of Fortinet’s industry leading Secure SD-WAN solution in locations never before possible for OT organisations in industries such as utilities and energy, manufacturing, and transportation.

OT networks require specialised solutions

Fundamental shifts are occurring in the way operational environments generate and collect data. In industries like manufacturing, power and utilities, oil and gas and other critical infrastructure, their distributed locations have traditionally relied on expensive leased lines or MPLS circuits to provide secure, reliable communications. SD-WAN has emerged as a modern solution for OT organisations to realise better user experience, simplified management and lower total cost of ownership, but adopting this technology requires a solution that meets the specific needs of OT environments, including space, power, security, and environmental requirements.

Fortinet takes SD-WAN where it’s never gone before

To address the unique concerns of OT organisations, Fortinet is releasing the FortiGate Rugged 60F and FortiGate Rugged 60F with built-in LTE, ruggedised versions of the FortiGate 60 series – the fastest, most powerful desktop Secure SD-WAN appliance and best-selling next-generation firewall with over 1.65 million units sold worldwide. The FortiGate Rugged 60F platform is a first-of-its-kind appliance that delivers the following features to support OT environments in safely and securely deploying SD-WAN:

  • Small footprint: The FortiGate Rugged 60F combines industry-leading SD-WAN, advanced routing and next-generation firewall security in a single, compact form factor, enabling it to be deployed in space-sensitive environments. This has the additional benefit of reducing costs and simplifying operations for network analysts.
  • Flexible mounting and power: The FortiGate Rugged 60F is designed specifically for deployment in smaller OT sites that require different mounting and power options than found in traditional IT wiring closets.
  • Built tough: The FortiGate Rugged 60F is specifically designed to function in harsh environmental conditions, such as extreme temperatures, electromagnetic interference, high moisture, and extreme or constant vibration.
  • Built-in LTE connectivity: For remote locations, the FortiGate Rugged 60F comes with an option for built-in LTE to provide an additional WAN connectivity option as well as easier deployment and operation.

Fortinet delivers industry leading performance for OT

In addition to being the only Secure SD-WAN appliance certified for operational technology environments, the FortiGate Rugged 60F platform delivers the industry’s highest security and networking performance. Powered by Fortinet’s patented SOC4 SD-WAN ASIC, the FortiGate Rugged 60F platform delivers low-latency protection, including SSL decryption, and higher IPsec VPN scale on top of integrated SD-WAN capabilities that are all managed by Fortinet’s intuitive SD-WAN orchestrator. Fortinet’s solution is also backed by industry validation. Fortinet has been named a Leader in both the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls (1) and the Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure (2). Fortinet’s newest ruggedised appliances are also backed by 20 years of industry experience delivering solutions that fit the unique needs, requirements, and constraints of operational technology environments.

Security-driven networking for operational technology

Fortinet delivers a Security-driven Networking approach to SD-WAN, converging networking and security into a unified Secure SD-WAN solution with centralised orchestration. Combined with the Fortinet Security Fabric, this gives customers one solution that covers the entire converged IT-OT network to close OT security gaps, deliver full visibility, and provide simplified management. The entire FortiGate product line delivers cybersecurity control and visibility into OT networks, with this announcement of a ruggedised version extending these capabilities to allow deployments on oil rigs, electrical substations, assembly lines, maritime cargos, and other harsh environmental conditions.

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“We cannot allow an operational error or an external attack, because we have people working all the time, 24×7. The implementation of a security solution in our critical infrastructure, such as Fortinet Secure SD-WAN, has become essential.”
Andrés Koper, plant maintenance manager, Sullair Argentina

“Operational technology customers require secure solutions for their digital innovation initiatives. Schneider Electric’s Cybersecurity Services group delivers solutions with technology that best fits our customers’ needs. Partnering with Fortinet enables us to help our OT customers safely deploy SD-WAN with all-in-one secure solutions that reduce operating costs and simplify management.”
– Jay Abdallah, VP cybersecurity services, Schneider Electric

Additional resources

(1) Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls, 9 November 2020, Rajpreet Kaur, Adam Hils, Jeremy D’Hoinne

(2) Gartner, Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure, 23 September 2020, Jonathan Forest, Andrew Lerner, Naresh Singh

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About Fortinet
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organisations around the world. Fortinet empowers our customers with complete visibility and control across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements today and into the future. Only the Fortinet Security Fabric platform can address the most critical security challenges and protect data across the entire digital infrastructure, whether in networked, application, multi-cloud or edge environments. Fortinet ranks #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide and more than 480,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. Both a technology company and a learning organisation, the Fortinet Network Security Expert (NSE) Training Institute has one of the largest and broadest cybersecurity training programs in the industry. Learn more at https://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs.

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FortiGuard Labs predicts weaponising of the intelligent edge will dramatically alter speed and scale of future cyberattacks

Applying artificial intelligence to speed threat prevention, detection, and response combined with actionable threat intelligence is critical to protect against attacks 

Derek Manky, chief, security insights and global threat alliances, FortiGuard Labs, said, 2020 demonstrated the ability of cyber adversaries to leverage dramatic changes happening in our daily lives as new opportunities for attacks at an unprecedented scale. Going into 2021 and beyond, we face another significant shift with the rise of new intelligent edges, which is about more than just end-users and devices remotely connecting to the network. Targeting these emerging edges will not only create new attack vectors, but groups of compromised devices could work in concert to target victims at 5G speeds. To get out ahead of this coming reality, all edges must be part of a larger, integrated, and automated security fabric platform that operates across the core network, multi-cloud environments, branch offices, and remote workers.” 

News summary 

Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated, and automated cybersecurity solutions, has unveiled predictions from the FortiGuard Labs global threat intelligence and research team about the threat landscape for 2021 and beyond. 

  • These predictions reveal strategies the team anticipates cybercriminals will employ in the near future, along with recommendations that will help defenders prepare to protect against these oncoming attacks. 
  • Cyber adversaries leveraging intelligent edges, 5G-enabled devices, and advances in computing power will create a wave of new and advanced threats at unprecedented speed and scale. In addition, threat actors will continue to shift significant resources to target and exploit emerging edge environments, such as remote workers, or even new OT edge environments, rather than just targeting the core network. 
  • For defenders, it is critical to plan ahead now by leveraging the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to speed threat prevention, detection, and response. Actionable and integrated threat intelligence will also be important to improve an organisation’s ability to defend in real time as the speed of attacks continues to increase. 
  • Highlights of the predictions follow, but for a more detailed view of the predictions and key takeaways, visit the blog. 

The intelligent edge is an opportunity and a target 

Over the past few years, the traditional network perimeter has been replaced with multiple edge environments, WAN, multi-cloud, data centre, remote worker, IoT, and more, each with its unique risks. One of the most significant advantages to cybercriminals in all of this is that while all of these edges are interconnected many organisations have sacrificed centralised visibility and unified control in favour of performance and digital transformation. As a result, cyber adversaries are looking to evolve their attacks by targeting these environments and will look to harness the speed and scale possibilities 5G will enable. 

  • Trojans evolve to target the edge: While end-users and their home resources are already targets for cybercriminals, sophisticated attackers will use these as a springboard into other things going forward. Corporate network attacks launched from a remote worker’s home network, especially when usage trends are clearly understood, can be carefully coordinated so they do not raise suspicions. Eventually, advanced malware could also discover even more valuable data and trends using new EATs (Edge Access Trojans) and perform invasive activities such as intercept requests off the local network to compromise additional systems or inject additional attack commands. 
  • Edge-enabled swarm attacks: Compromising and leveraging new 5G-enabled devices will open up opportunities for more advanced threats. There is progress being made by cybercriminals toward developing and deploying swarm-based attacks. These attacks leverage hijacked devices divided into subgroups, each with specialised skills. They target networks or devices as an integrated system and share intelligence in real time to refine their attack as it is happening. Swarm technologies require large amounts of processing power to enable individual swarmbots and to efficiently share information in a bot swarm. This enables them to rapidly discover, share, and correlate vulnerabilities, and then shift their attack methods to better exploit what they discover. 
  • Social engineering could get smarter: Smart devices or other home-based systems that interact with users, will no longer simply be targets for attacks, but will also be conduits for deeper attacks. Leveraging important contextual information about users including daily routines, habits, or financial information could make social engineering-based attacks more successful. Smarter attacks could lead to much more than turning off security systems, disabling cameras, or hijacking smart appliances, it could enable the ransoming and extortion of additional data or stealth credential attacks. 
  • Ransoming OT edges could be a new reality: Ransomware continues to evolve, and as IT systems increasingly converge with operational technology (OT) systems, particularly critical infrastructure, there will be even more data, devices, and unfortunately, lives at risk. Extortion, defamation, and defacement are all tools of the ransomware trade already. Going forward, human lives will be at risk when field devices and sensors at the OT edge, which include critical infrastructures, increasingly become targets of cybercriminals in the field. 

Innovations in computing performance will also be targeted 

Other types of attacks that target developments in computing performance and innovation in connectivity specifically for cybercriminal gain are also on the horizon. These attacks will enable adversaries to cover new territory and will challenge defenders to get ahead of the cybercriminal curve. 

  • Advanced cryptomining: Processing power is important if cybercriminals want to scale future attacks with ML and AI capabilities. Eventually, by compromising edge devices for their processing power, cybercriminals would be able to process massive amounts of data and learn more about how and when edge devices are used. It could also enable cryptomining to be more effective. Infected PCs being hijacked for their compute resources are often identified since CPU usage directly impacts the end-user’s workstation experience. Compromising secondary devices could be much less noticeable. 
  • Spreading attacks from space: The connectivity of satellite systems and overall telecommunications could be an attractive target for cybercriminals. As new communication systems scale and begin to rely more on a network of satellite-based systems, cybercriminals could target this convergence and follow in pursuit. As a result, compromising satellite base stations and then spreading that malware through satellite-based networks could give attackers the ability to potentially target millions of connected users at scale or inflict DDoS attacks that could impede vital communications. 
  • The quantum computing threat: From a cybersecurity perspective, quantum computing could create a new risk when it eventually is capable of challenging the effectiveness of encryption in the future. The enormous compute power of quantum computers could render some asymmetric encryption algorithms solvable. As a result, organisations will need to prepare to shift to quantum-resistant crypto algorithms by using the principle of crypto agility, to ensure the protection of current and future information. Although the average cybercriminal does not have access to quantum computers, some nation-states will, therefore the eventual threat will be realised if preparations are not made now to counter it by adopting crypto agility. 

AI will bcritical tdefending against future attacks 

As these forward-looking attack trends gradually become reality, it will only be a matter of time before enabling resources are commoditised and available as a darknet service or as part of open-source toolkits. Therefore, it will take a careful combination of technology, people, training, and partnerships to secure against these types of attacks coming from cyber adversaries in the future. 

  • AI will need tevolve: The evolution of AI is critical for future defence against evolving attacks. AI will need to evolve to the next generation. This will include leveraging local learning nodes powered by ML as part of an integrated system similar to the human nervous system. AI-enhanced technologies that can see, anticipate, and counter attacks will need to become reality in the future because cyberattacks of the future will occur in microseconds. The primary role of humans will be to ensure that security systems have been fed enough intelligence to not only actively counter attacks but actually anticipate attacks so that they can be avoided. 
  • Partnerships are vital for the future: Organisations cannot be expected to defend against cyber adversaries on their own. They will need to know who to inform in the case of an attack so that the “fingerprints” can be properly shared and law enforcement can do its work. Cybersecurity vendors, threat research organisations, and other industry groups need to partner with each other for information sharing, but also with law enforcement to help dismantle adversarial infrastructures to prevent future attacks. Cybercriminals face no borders online, so the fight against cybercrime needs to go beyond borders as well. Only by working together will we turn the tide against cybercriminals. 
  • Enabling blue teams: Threat actor tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs), researched by threat intelligence teams, such as threat actor playbooks, can be fed to AI systems to enable the detection of attack patterns. Similarly, as organisations light up heatmaps of currently active threats, intelligent systems will be able to proactively obfuscate network targets and place attractive decoys along attack paths. Eventually, organisations could respond to any counterintelligence efforts before they happen, enabling blue teams to maintain a position of superior control. This sort of training gives security team members the ability to improve their skills while locking down the network. 

Additional resources 

About FortiGuard Labs
FortiGuard Labs is the threat intelligence and research organisation at Fortinet. Its mission is to provide Fortinet customers with the industry’s best threat intelligence designed to protect them from malicious activity and sophisticated cyberattacks. It is comprised of some of the industry’s most knowledgeable threat hunters, researchers, analysts, engineers and data scientists, working in dedicated threat research labs all around the world. FortiGuard Labs continuously monitors the global attack surface using millions of network sensors and hundreds of intelligence-sharing partners. It analyses and processes this information using artificial intelligence (AI) and other innovative technology to mine that data for new threats. These efforts result in timely, actionable threat intelligence in the form of Fortinet security product updates, proactive threat research to help our customers better understand the threats and threat actors they face, and by providing specialised consulting services to help our customers identify and strengthen their security exposures. Learn more at http://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs. 

About Fortinet
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organisations around the world. Fortinet empowers our customers with complete visibility and control across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements today and into the future. Only the Fortinet Security Fabric platform can address the most critical security challenges and protect data across the entire digital infrastructure, whether in networked, application, multi-cloud or edge environments. Fortinet ranks #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide and more than 465,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. Both a technology company and a learning organisation, the Fortinet Network Security Expert (NSE) Training Institute has one of the largest and broadest cybersecurity training programs in the industry. Learn more at https://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs. 

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Fortinet again named as a Leader in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls

Eleventh consecutive year Fortinet recognised in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls 

John Maddison, EVP of products and CMOFortinet, said, “We believe Fortinet delivers the broadest and most complete security platform in the industry. We have pioneered the Security-driven Networking approach, integrating security into every element of the network and enabling customers to protect any edge, at any scale. Fortinet has been named a Leader in this year’s Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Firewall. Fortinet also recently announced its placement as a Leader in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure. We credit our continued successes to our ongoing commitment to innovation, unique and flexible security platform, and approach to securing the entire attack surface – whether on-prem or in the cloud.” 

News summary 

Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, has announced it has been recognised as a Leader in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls. This marks the 11th time Fortinet has been recognised in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls for completeness of vision and ability to execute. 

Fortinet’s FortiGate Next-generation Firewalls (NGFWs) are an integral component of Fortinet’s Security Fabric platform, which provides broad visibility and protection across the entire attack surface. Fortinet FortiGate NGFWs protect any edge and at any scale because they are powered by purpose-built Security Processing Units (SPUs) resulting in the industry’s highest Security Compute Rating. Fortinet continues to drive innovation with its Secure SDWAN offering as well, with advanced routing and industry’s most flexible security options via an integrated NGFW or SASE-based cloud-delivered security.  

Fortinet believes its placement in the Leaders quadrant is largely due to the company’s ongoing commitment to offer a Security-driven Networking approach, which integrates security into every element of the network and enables customers to: 

  • Manage operational and security risks for better business continuity: Digital transformation offers tremendous opportunities for businesses to create value and realise efficiencies. However, it also creates new security risks, such as expanding the attack surface for would-be cyber adversaries. With Fortinet NGFWs, customers can achieve full visibility into their networks, applications, and potential threats. Fortinet offers the industry’s highest Security Compute Rating through the power of the company’s purpose-built Secure Processing Units (SPUs – e.g. NP7) to deliver optimal user experience at any scale.   
  • Reduce cost and complexity: As the digital attack surface expands, security teams must also expand their defence capabilities. Fortinet NGFWs allow customers to build defence in depth through segmentation, dynamic trust, and advanced security inspection to keep operations running. FortiGate NGFWs protect business applications with AI-powered and ML-powered FortiGuard services, eliminating the need of point products and resulting in optimal total cost of ownership (TCO). 
  • Improve operational efficiencies: A single-pane-of-glass management enabled by Fabric Management Center provides a complete and consolidated view across a variety of network edges, on-prem or in the cloud. Fabric Management Center provides automation, and orchestration for the Security Fabric that extends to 400+ ecosystem integrations. This simplifies enterprise-wide workflows across FortiGate, FortiManagerFortiAnalyzer, and Ecosystem Partners. 

Building off the power of Security-driven Networking and our industry-leading FortiGate NGFWs, Fortinet also offers industry’s most flexible and hyperscale security solutions to meet escalating and often unpredictable capacity needs that can quickly outpace an organisation’s security solution performance capabilities. 

In addition to being recognised as a Leader in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls, Fortinet was named a 2020 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Network Firewalls. Fortinet believes that this additional customer validation further highlights that Fortinet’s simple, secure, and scalable platform approach resonates with customers across all industries. 

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“Fortinet’s continuous leadership in the network firewall market and continued innovation enables us to offer a highly flexible and secure offering that we can scale to meet our customers’ escalating needs. The combination of FortiGate Network Firewalls and the Fortinet Security Fabric platform allows us to offer our customers high-performance security solutions that protect across the entire attack surface.” 

– Justin Tibbs, national security practice CSO, Presidio   

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About Fortinet
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organisations around the world. Fortinet empowers our customers with complete visibility and control across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements today and into the future. Only the Fortinet Security Fabric platform can address theFortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organizations around the world. Fortinet empowers our customers with complete visibility and control across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements today and into the future. Only the Fortinet Security Fabric platform can address the most critical security challenges and protect data across the entire digital infrastructure, whether in networked, application, multi-cloud or edge environments. Fortinet ranks #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide and more than 465,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. Both a technology company and a learning organisation, the Fortinet Network Security Expert (NSE) Training Institute has one of the largest and broadest cybersecurity training programs in the industry. Learn more at http://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs.      

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Fortinet reports third quarter 2020 financial results

Third quarter 2020 highlights 

  • Total revenue of $651.1 million, up 19 per cent year over year 
  • Product revenue of $223.8 million, up 14 per cent year over year 
  • Service revenue of $427.3 million, up 22 per cent year over year 
  • Billings of $749.8 million, up 20 per cent year over year (1) 
  • Deferred revenue of $2.39 billion, up 24 per cent year over year 
  • GAAP operating margin of 19.5 per cent, up 110 basis points year over year 
  • Non-GAAP operating margin of 27.4 per cent, up 90 basis points year over year (1) 
  • GAAP diluted net income per share of $0.75 
  • Non-GAAP diluted net income per share of $0.88 (1) 
  • Cash flow from operations of $220.8 million 
  • Free cash flow of $185.7 millio(1)  

Fortinet® (Nasdaq: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, has announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020. 

“Strong performances by our Secure SD-WAN, cloud, and Security Fabric offerings resulted in solid third-quarter year-over-year total revenue growth. In the quarter, Secure SD-WAN revenue more than doubled from the same period a year ago. At the end of the third quarter, Gartner recognised our differentiated SD-WAN offering as a Leader in the 2020 WAN Edge Infrastructure Magic Quadrant,” said Ken Xie, Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer. “The pandemic has accelerated digital transformation and cloud migration efforts creating multiple edges that require protection. Fortinet’s security-driven networking approach protects these edges, whether they are at the branch, cloud, data center, home, network or WAN edge.” 

Financial highlights for the third quarter of 2020 (2) 

  • Revenue: Total revenue was $651.1 million for the third quarter of 2020, an increase of 18.8 per cent compared to $548.1 million for the same quarter of 2019. 
  • Product revenue: Product revenue was $223.8 million for the third quarter of 2020, an increase of 13.5 per cent compared to $197.1 million for the same quarter of 2019. 
  • Service revenue: Service revenue was $427.3 million for the third quarter of 2020, an increase of 21.7 per cent compared to $351.0 million for the same quarter of 2019. 
  • Billings (1): Total billings were $749.8 million for the third quarter of 2020, an increase of 19.7 per cent compared to $626.6 million for the same quarter of 2019. 
  • Deferred revenue: Total deferred revenue was $2.39 billion as of September 30, 2020, an increase of 24.4 per cent compared to $1.92 billion as of September 30, 2019. 
  • GAAP operating income and margin: GAAP operating income was $126.9 million for the third quarter of 2020, representing a GAAP operating margin of 19.5 per cent. GAAP operating income was $100.6 million for the same quarter of 2019, representing a GAAP operating margin of 18.4 per cent. 
  • Non-GAAP operating income and margin (1): Non-GAAP operating income was $178.6 million for the third quarter of 2020, representing a non-GAAP operating margin of 27.4 per cent. Non-GAAP operating income was $145.2 million for the third quarter of 2019, representing a non-GAAP operating margin of 26.5 per cent. 
  • GAAP net income and diluted net income per share: GAAP net income was $123.4 million for the third quarter of 2020, compared to GAAP net income of $80.2 million for the same quarter of 2019. GAAP diluted net income per share was $0.75 for the third quarter of 2020, based on 165.6 million diluted weighted-average shares outstanding, compared to GAAP diluted net income per share of $0.46 for the same quarter of 2019, based on 174.8 million diluted weighted-average shares outstanding. 
  • Non-GAAP net income and diluted net income per share (1): Non-GAAP net income was $145.4 million for the third quarter of 2020, compared to non-GAAP net income of $117.3 million for the same quarter of 2019. Non-GAAP diluted net income per share was $0.88 for the third quarter of 2020, based on 165.6 million diluted weighted-average shares outstanding, compared to $0.67 for the same quarter of 2019, based on 174.8 million diluted weighted-average shares outstanding. 
  • Cash flow and free cash flow (1): In the third quarter of 2020, cash flow from operations was $220.8 million compared to $221.2 million in the same quarter of 2019. Free cash flow was $185.7 million during the third quarter of 2020, compared to $203.7 million for the same quarter of 2019. 

Guidance 

For the fourth quarter of 2020, Fortinet currently expects: 

  • Revenue in the range of $710 million to $730 million 
  • Billings in the range of $890 million to $920 million 
  • Non-GAAP gross margin in the range of 78.0 per cent to 80.0 per cent 
  • Non-GAAP operating margin in the range of 27.0 per cent to 29.0 per cent 
  • Diluted non-GAAP net income per share in the range of $0.95 to $0.97, assuming a non-GAAP effective tax rate of 21 per cent. This assumes a diluted share count of 167 million to 169 million. 

These statements are forward looking and actual results may differ materially. Refer to the Forward-Looking Statements section below for information on the factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements. 

Our guidance with respect to non-GAAP financial measures excludes stock-based compensation, amortisation of acquired intangible assets and gain on intellectual property matter. We have not reconciled our guidance with respect to non-GAAP financial measures to the corresponding GAAP measures because certain items that impact these measures are uncertain or out of our control, or cannot be reasonably predicted. Accordingly, a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the corresponding GAAP measures is not available without unreasonable effort. 

(1) A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures has been provided in the financial statement tables included in this press release. An explanation of these measures is also included below under the heading “Non-GAAP financial measures.” 

(2) During the third quarter, Fortinet identified and made an immaterial correction to the recognition of revenue related to certain service contracts, increasing previously reported amounts. The financial results presented for 2019 and 2020 reflect the effects of the correction. 

Read the full press release (includes financial tables) 

About Fortinet
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organisations around the world. Fortinet empowers our customers with complete visibility and control across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements today and into the future. Only the Fortinet Security Fabric platform can address the most critical security challenges and protect data across the entire digital infrastructure, whether in networked, application, multi-cloud or edge environments. Fortinet ranks #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide and more than 465,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. Both a technology company and a learning organisation, the Fortinet Network Security Expert (NSE) Training Institute has one of the largest and broadest cybersecurity training programs in the industry. Learn more at https://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs. 

Copyright © 2020 Fortinet, Inc. All rights reserved. The symbols ® and  denote respectively federally registered trademarks and common law trademarks of Fortinet, Inc., its subsidiaries and affiliates. Fortinet’s trademarks include, but are not limited to, the following: Fortinet, FortiGate, FortiGuard, FortiCareFortiManagerFortiAnalyzerFortiOSFortiADCFortiAPFortiAppMonitorFortiASICFortiAuthenticatorFortiBridgeFortiCacheFortiCameraFortiCASB, FortiClient, FortiCloudFortiConnectFortiControllerFortiConverterFortiDBFortiDDoSFortiExplorerFortiExtenderFortiFoneFortiCarrierFortiHypervisorFortiIsolatorFortiMailFortiMonitorFortiNACFortiPlannerFortiPortalFortiPresence , FortiProxyFortiRecorderFortiSandboxFortiSIEMFortiSwitchFortiTesterFortiTokenFortiVoiceFortiWANFortiWebFortiWiFiFortiWLCFortiWLCOS and FortiWLM. 

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Fortinet expands Network Security Expert Training Institute offerings to further advance security skillsets

NSE Training Institute’s Certification program momentum continues with more than half a million NSE Certifications earned to date 

Rob Rashotte, VP of global training and technical field enablementFortinet, said, “Organisations need to ensure their employees know how to identify and protect against all types of cybersecurity threats. From 2018 to 2020 the number of insider threats increased 47 per cent according to a Ponemon Institute Report, making these threats a top concern. At the same time, IT professionals are constantly on the quest for continued learning opportunities to refresh their security skillsets. To address both these needs, Fortinet is rolling out a free Information Security Awareness and Training service for organisations, as well as additional continued learning incentives for IT and security professionals. These latest efforts build on Fortinet’s ongoing commitment to closing the cybersecurity skills gap and our corporate social responsibility work.” 

News summary 

Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, has introduced its new free Information Security Awareness and Training service for organisations looking to educate employees about the increasing risks of cyber attacks. The Information Security Awareness and Training service  – the latest initiative as part of the Network Security Expert (NSE) Training Institute – is for any organisation looking to implement or replace their information security awareness program and was designed to align to NIST guidelines for NIST 800-50 and NIST 800-16. Additionally, NSE Certifications – which are comprised of 8 levels – have qualified for (ISC)2 credit for individuals looking to maintain their CISSP credentials, furthering the value they provide current and future security professionals.    

Advancing cyber awareness and skills through the NSE Training Institute 

Fortinet is expanding its NSE Training Institute’s free training offerings with the introduction of the Information Security Awareness and Training service. More about this new service and other recent initiatives to address the industry’s skills gap below: 

  • Free Information Security Awareness and Training service for organisations: With social engineering attacks continuing to plague organisations, CISOs realise the importance of prioritising employee training as part of their cybersecurity strategies to help address insider threats. A recent study found that 68 per cent of organisations feel moderately to extremely vulnerable to insider attacks. In addition to designing a security architecture that protects against these insider attackers, CISOs and executives also need to increase their employees’ cyber awareness to ensure employees can identify threats and not fall victim to attackers. To help organisations address this, Fortinet offers a free Information Security Awareness and Training service that has been developed by some of the best cybersecurity training experts in the world. The training component of the service consists of five self-paced mandatory modules that are focused on key attack vectors and best practices. Each of the modules end with a quiz to test mastery of content. A library of awareness resources including posters, email templates, checklists and others, helps to ensure that cybersecurity best practices are always top of mind. The administrator dashboard allows the organisation to keep track of employee completion progress, ensuring compliance with company policies. This turnkey service ensures employees are equipped with the knowledge necessary to avoid phishing, baiting, tech support scams and other social engineering attacks that commonly jeopardise organisations’ security posture. 
  • NSE training courses qualify for (ISC)2 credits for continued learning: Courses in Fortinet’s eight-level certification program, as well as additional training courses, will now count toward credits for individuals looking to maintain their Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) or other accreditations with (ISC)2. This collaboration will further propel security professionals seeking continued learning opportunities to keep their skills relevant and up-to-date in the face of a rapidly evolving cybersecurity landscape. Fortinet has an agreement with (ISC)2 to offer CPE credits for NSE training courses, Fast Tracks which are available to customers and partners, webinars and other online or in-person educational sessions for the next three years. (ISC)2 will consider submissions based on one hour of Fortinet’s training and education initiatives equaling 1 CPE credit, with a maximum of 8 per day. 
  • Closing the skills gap with NSE Certifications: The NSE Training Institute’s flagship NSE Certification Program recently reached a significant milestone, issuing more than half a million certifications worldwide. With its eight levels of certifications, the NSE Certification Program bridges the cybersecurity skills gap, from cybersecurity fundamental education courses (NSE 1-3), technical product training (NSE 4-6), advanced solution-based training (NSE 7) and the elite cybersecurity expert recognition (NSE 8). NSE level 8 is the highest certification designation with 381 individuals having earned NSE 8 to date, demonstrating mastery in extremely complex network security concepts by leveraging multiple solutions from Fortinet’s Security Fabric portfolio. 

Fortinet’s Free NSE Training creates additional cybersecurity career pathways 

In the wake of the health pandemic, Fortinet made all its self-paced advanced NSE security courses available for free enabling anyone to learn new skills or augment existing skills – from IT professionals to students to veterans and job seekers. As organisations rapidly transitioned to a remote workforce, which requires specialised skills to properly secure remote access and new environments being spun up, Fortinet saw a significant uptick in demand for its NSE training and certifications. 

By extending access to its NSE training with free courses, Fortinet sought to create more career pathways for those wanting to further advance their security knowledge or start a career in cybersecurity. These free training courses also prepare learners toward a path to receive Fortinet’s award-winning NSE Certifications to further help them stand out to employers and spur career growth. A recent Fortinet skills gap survey found that 82 per cent of organisations prefer to hire candidates with certifications and 94 per cent of respondents believe their certifications have better prepared them for their current security role. 

Supporting quotes 

“Having achieved Fortinet’s NSE level 8 certification has provided me comprehensive and expert knowledge of network security design, configuration, and troubleshooting for complex networks. As a result, when I’m talking about certain architectures or implementing certain specific features, customers and prospects have increased confidence in my capabilities and knowledge that has been assessed by Fortinet, further demonstrating my competency. Ultimately, Fortinet’s training and certification program is successfully helping develop more security professionals as the demand for security has outpaced the number of people entering the market.”
– Matthew Watkinson, chief security architect at Secure Sense 

Additional resources 

About Fortinet
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organisations around the world. Fortinet empowers our customers with complete visibility and control across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements today and into the future. Only the Fortinet Security Fabric platform can address the most critical security challenges and protect data across the entire digital infrastructure, whether in networked, application, multi-cloud or edge environments. Fortinet ranks #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide and more than 465,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. Both a technology company and a learning organisation, the Fortinet Network Security Expert (NSE) Training Institute has one of the largest and broadest cybersecurity training programs in the industry. Learn more at https://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs. 

Copyright © 2020 Fortinet, Inc. All rights reserved. The symbols ® and  denote respectively federally registered trademarks and common law trademarks of Fortinet, Inc., its subsidiaries and affiliates. Fortinet’s trademarks include, but are not limited to, the following: Fortinet, FortiGate, FortiGuard, FortiCareFortiManagerFortiAnalyzerFortiOSFortiADCFortiAPFortiAppMonitorFortiASICFortiAuthenticatorFortiBridgeFortiCacheFortiCameraFortiCASB, FortiClient, FortiCloudFortiConnectFortiControllerFortiConverterFortiDBFortiDDoSFortiExplorerFortiExtenderFortiFoneFortiCarrierFortiHypervisorFortiIsolatorFortiMailFortiMonitorFortiNACFortiPlannerFortiPortalFortiPresence , FortiProxyFortiRecorderFortiSandboxFortiSIEMFortiSwitchFortiTesterFortiTokenFortiVoiceFortiWANFortiWebFortiWiFiFortiWLCFortiWLCOS and FortiWLM. 

Other trademarks belong to their respective owners. Fortinet has not independently verified statements or certifications herein attributed to third parties and Fortinet does not independently endorse such statements. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, nothing herein constitutes a warranty, guarantee, contract, binding specification or other binding commitment by Fortinet or any indication of intent related to a binding commitment, and performance and other specification information herein may be unique to certain environments. This news release may contain forward-looking statements that involve uncertainties and assumptions, such as statements regarding technology releases among others. Changes of circumstances, product release delays, or other risks as stated in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, located at www.sec.gov, may cause results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in this press release. If the uncertainties materialise or the assumptions prove incorrect, results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. Fortinet assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, and expressly disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements. 

Fortinet named a Leader in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure

Placed higher in ability to execute and further in completeness of vision than its position the previous year 

John Maddison, EVP of products and CMO, Fortinet, said, “A few years back while the entire industry was thinking about SD-WAN as a siloed product, at Fortinet we took a Security-driven Networking approach, combining networking and security to be the first vendor to deliver Secure SD-WAN. We’re pleased to be placed in the Leaders quadrant of the 2020 Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure, something we feel is another strong indicator of Fortinet’s ability to deliver better user experience with consistent security for our customers. We believe Fortinet will continue to disrupt the industry with solutions rooted in Security-driven Networking principles, next by delivering the most flexible security via SASE.” 

News summary 

Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, has announced it has been positioned in the Leaders quadrant of the Gartner September 2020 Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure, placing higher in ability to execute and further in completeness of vision than its position the previous year. 

Fortinet delivers the industry’s most flexible SD-WAN solution 

Fortinet continues to drive innovation of Fortinet Secure SD-WAN to deliver an organically developed solution that consolidates advanced routing, self-healing SD-WAN capabilities, and intuitive orchestration with the industry’s most flexible security options via integrated next-generation firewall or SASE-based cloud-delivered security. Fortinet’s dedication to SD-WAN innovation has also resulted in the industry’s most extensive and secure SD-WAN solution, able to be deployed across the home, branch, campus and multi-cloud. Fortinet Secure SD-WAN helps customers realise significant benefits, including: 

  • Better user experience: Fortinet customers can dynamically learn and overcome WAN impairments at all edges through comprehensive self-healing SD-WAN capabilities, which are powered by purpose-built ASICs for higher performance. AI and ML-powered application learning provides visibility and control to deliver the best application performance possible. 
  • Reduced costs and complexity: Fortinet’s Security-driven Networking approach converges networking and security into a unified Secure SD-WAN solution with centralised orchestration, enabling customers to reduce point products and operational complexity and achieve the best possible total cost of ownership (TCO). 

Earlier this year, Fortinet was named a 2020 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for WAN Edge Infrastructure. This distinction is based on feedback and ratings from end-user professionals who have experience purchasing, implementing or using Fortinet Secure SD-WAN. 

Fortinet was also named the fastest growing SD-WAN vendor by Omdia, which noted 247 per cent year-over-year growth in Fortinet’s SD-WAN revenue from 1Q19 to 1Q20. Fortinet believes this additional accolade showcases Fortinet’s ability to deliver one of the top SD-WAN solutions on the market. 

Fortinet showcases a clear vision of the future of SD-WAN 

Customers who choose Fortinet Secure SD-WAN are able to futureproof their investments by extending SD-WAN to address emerging use cases with new cloud-delivered security innovations providing flexible SASE solutions for today’s diverse workforce anytime and anywhere. With the broadest availability for multi-cloud, continued innovations in unified cloud orchestration will enable end-to-end visibility and control anywhere. Fortinet was one of the first vendors to showcase the SD-WAN to SD-Branch expansion and continues to innovate to provide tighter integration, security and analytics between the LAN Edge and WAN Edge. 

Supporting quotes 

“Fortinet Secure SD-WAN helped us accelerate cloud services with automated cloud on-ramps. We were also able to consolidate branch services by extending to Fortinet Secure SD-Branch using both their wireless and switching solutions. The entire operation successfully enabled secure direct communication for our 1,600 employees.”
– Ricardo Girardelli, Network Architect, Creditas 

“Fortinet Secure SD-WAN is flexible in the deployment models that it supports and reduces cost and complexity for customers. The combination of SD-WAN, security, SD-Branch, reporting, and automation make Fortinet’s Secure SD-WAN a compelling full-stack solution for branches and campuses.”
– Robert Short, Vice President-Strategic Services at Liquid Networx 

Additional resources 

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Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice constitute the subjective opinions of individual end-user reviews, ratings, and data applied against a documented methodology; they neither represent the views of, nor constitute an endorsement by, Gartner or its affiliates. 

About Fortinet
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organisations around the world. Fortinet empowers our customers with complete visibility and control across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements today and into the future. Only the Fortinet Security Fabric platform can address the most critical security challenges and protect data across the entire digital infrastructure, whether in networked, application, multi-cloud or edge environments. Fortinet ranks #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide and more than 465,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. Both a technology company and a learning organisation, the Fortinet Network Security Expert (NSE) Training Institute has one of the largest and broadest cybersecurity training programs in the industry. Learn more at https://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs. 

Copyright © 2020 Fortinet, Inc. All rights reserved. The symbols ® and  denote respectively federally registered trademarks and common law trademarks of Fortinet, Inc., its subsidiaries and affiliates. Fortinet’s trademarks include, but are not limited to, the following: Fortinet, FortiGate, FortiGuard, FortiCareFortiManagerFortiAnalyzerFortiOSFortiADCFortiAPFortiAppMonitorFortiASICFortiAuthenticatorFortiBridgeFortiCacheFortiCameraFortiCASB, FortiClient, FortiCloudFortiConnectFortiControllerFortiConverterFortiDBFortiDDoSFortiExplorerFortiExtenderFortiFoneFortiCarrierFortiHypervisorFortiIsolatorFortiMailFortiMonitorFortiNACFortiPlannerFortiPortalFortiPresence , FortiProxyFortiRecorderFortiSandboxFortiSIEMFortiSwitchFortiTesterFortiTokenFortiVoiceFortiWANFortiWebFortiWiFiFortiWLCFortiWLCOS and FortiWLM. 

Other trademarks belong to their respective owners. Fortinet has not independently verified statements or certifications herein attributed to third parties and Fortinet does not independently endorse such statements. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, nothing herein constitutes a warranty, guarantee, contract, binding specification or other binding commitment by Fortinet or any indication of intent related to a binding commitment, and performance and other specification information herein may be unique to certain environments. This news release may contain forward-looking statements that involve uncertainties and assumptions, such as statements regarding technology releases among others. Changes of circumstances, product release delays, or other risks as stated in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, located at www.sec.gov, may cause results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in this press release. If the uncertainties materialise or the assumptions prove incorrect, results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. Fortinet assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, and expressly disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements. 

Fortinet Enables Channel Partners in Australia and New Zealand with New Programs and Initiatives

Fortinet, a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, continues to offer channel partners in the Australia and New Zealand markets new opportunities focused on important technology Specialisations, diversified cybersecurity training, and valuable partner enablement initiatives.

  • Specialisations: Partners are taking advantage of the Fortinet Engage Partner Program’s Specialisations. In a fast-moving industry, specialisations focused on market opportunities enabled by Fortinet help partners be recognised and valued by current and potential customers as trusted advisors who have the expertise, services, and technologies they need to fulfil their business needs.
  • Training: Fortinet recently made its Network Security Expert (NSE) Institute’s self-paced training courses available to anyone for free, including partners’ customers. These courses were previously available to Fortinet partners for free and now can be accessed by anyone who is interested in developing new cybersecurity skills, upskilling or reskilling.
  • Recognition: The Fortinet Partner Awards will return in 2021 for the Australia and New Zealand region.

Jon McGettigan, regional director, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, Fortinet, said, “Cybersecurity has never been more important than it is right now. Businesses are operating differently, cybercriminals are ramping up their activities, and organisations are therefore facing new threats and risks. There is a huge opportunity for channel partners to help their customers improve their cybersecurity posture with integrated and automated solutions. Fortinet’s partner programs aim to make it easier for partners to provide exceptional value to customers, so it’s no surprise that we have seen strong interest from the channel community.”

Network Security Expert Self-paced Training Courses Now Available to Everyone for Free

Fortinet recently opened its entire self-paced catalogue of Network Security Expert training courses at no cost for everyone. The majority of courses are from the official NSE Training Institute curriculum, which was previously available to Fortinet partners for free, but will now be open to anyone who is interested. By making it free for everyone, Fortinet aims to help individuals develop new skills, reskill, or upskill their cybersecurity expertise. This gives partners the opportunity to help advance their customers’ skills as their trusted advisors. Additionally, Fortinet partners can build stronger relationships with customers and prospects with access to this comprehensive cybersecurity curriculum.

Fortinet’s free NSE self-paced training courses have attracted more than 4,550 participants across Australia and New Zealand since all courses were opened up at no cost in April 2020, demonstrating the strong appetite for these kinds of courses in the industry. These self-paced courses are designed to address the cybersecurity skills gap in a practical setting by covering cybersecurity fundamentals or more technical topics such as securing organisations against cyberthreats during remote work.

Jon McGettigan said, “Research shows that companies generally are lacking enough skilled staff they need to manage their cybersecurity effectively.[1] Yet, with the digital attack surface expanding and the ever-evolving threat landscape, broad skillsets are imperative. Fortinet offers 24 advanced security courses to help IT professionals upskill effectively.”

Qirx participated in the free NSE training.

Hannah Stevens, technical consultant, Qirx, said, “The NSE training is a practical way to gain invaluable skills that help us as partners provide better support for customers. The training was informative and, because it was practical in nature, it was also extremely useful.”

Significant Uptake of Engage Partner Program Specialisations

Fortinet is seeing significant demand for its Engage Partner Program Specialisations. These Specialisations let partners choose areas where they can receive additional support and benefits and distinguish themselves as experts in high-demand areas. Partners can access customised training and certifications in their chosen Specialisations area to help capitalise on growth opportunities, including in Dynamic Cloud, Secure Access and SD-Branch, Secure SD-WAN, and Data Centre.

Julia Walsh, general manager enterprise and government, Vocus, said, “As a telecommunications provider, Vocus is all about connecting people, which is becoming even more essential as people increasingly work from anywhere. Partnering with a strong security provider like Fortinet lets Vocus deliver an exceptional secure managed SD-WAN solution to our customers. Vocus elected to specialise in Secure SD-WAN with Fortinet to further bolster our credentials and capabilities in this rapidly growing area. This specialisation further cements our partnership with Fortinet as we continue to work together to solve our customers’ communications challenges.”

Jon McGettigan said, “So far, 90 per cent of the Australian partners who have chosen to specialise have selected SD-WAN as their key area. This reflects the growing importance and relevance of secure SD-WAN technology and our Security-driven approach, especially as workforces become more distributed as a result of COVID-19. The desire for the increased flexibility delivered by remote working isn’t likely to go away anytime soon, making SD-WAN a key area of focus going forward.”

Fortinet partners with Specialisations in the region include:

  • CDM
  • Equate Technologies
  • Nexion
  • Seccom Global
  • Tasmanet
  • The Missing Link Security
  • Trustwave, an Optus Company
  • Vintek
  • Vocus
  • Wireless Communications.

Michael Demery, managing director, Seccom Global, said, “Fortinet has been a major contributor to the success of Seccom Global over the past 17 years. SD-WAN is a huge growth area and focusing on it as a specialisation through Fortinet helps to ensure that Seccom Global is well-prepared to provide the robust, secure solutions customers need. We look forward to strengthening our partnership with Fortinet in delivering Secure SD-WAN solutions to the market.”

Regional partner awards returning in Australia and New Zealand in 2021

To continue the momentum, Fortinet has announced that 2021 will see the return of the annual regional partner awards for Australia and New Zealand. The awards will recognise outstanding innovation and growth by Australian and New Zealand partners across a wide variety of categories including public cloud, MSSP, and sales.

Jon McGettigan added, “The Fortinet partner community in Australia and New Zealand is second to none, so it’s excellent to see so many partners wholeheartedly embracing these enablement and recognition initiatives. Working together, Fortinet and our channel partners aim to help dramatically improve the security postures of organisations across Australia and New Zealand, protecting organisations from attacks and letting them focus on their businesses needs.”

About Fortinet
Fortinet secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organisations around the world. Fortinet empowers our customers with complete visibility and control across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements today and into the future. Only the Fortinet Security Fabric platform can address the most critical security challenges and protect data across the entire digital infrastructure, whether in networked, application, multi-cloud or edge environments. Fortinet ranks #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide and more than 455,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. Both a technology company and a learning organisation, the Fortinet Network Security Institute has one of the largest and broadest cybersecurity training programs in the industry. Learn more at https://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs.

[1] https://www.isc2.org/-/media/ISC2/Research/2019-Cybersecurity-Workforce-Study/ISC2-Cybersecurity-Workforce-Study-2019.ashx

Fortinet introduces the world’s first hyperscale firewall

FortiGate 4400F is the only firewall capable of securing hyperscale data centres and 5G networks, delivering the industry’s highest performance with Security Compute Ratings of up to 13x 

John Maddison, EVP of products and CMO, Fortinet, said, “Fortinet continues to push the boundaries of hardware-accelerated performance to enable the convergence of security and networking – what we call Security-driven Networking. The FortiGate 4400F Network Firewall delivers unprecedented scale and performance that is up to 13 times better than comparable products. As the only network firewall capable of securing hyperscale data centres and 5G networks, FortiGate 4400F leads the industry in what is possible for data centre security.” 

News summary 

Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, has announced the world’s first hyperscale firewall, FortiGate 4400F, setting new milestones for Security Compute Ratings to deliver unparalleled performance, scalability and security in a single appliance to meet escalating business needs. FortiGate 4400F is powered by Fortinet’s latest seventh generation network processor (NP7) to offer hardware-acceleration, making it the only network firewall that is fast enough to secure hyperscale data centres and 5G networks. 

Hyperscale data centres require hyperscale security 

Today’s most digitally innovative organisations face escalating and often unpredictable capacity needs that are quickly outpacing their security solution’s performance capabilities. As a result, security has become the choke point for traffic entering and exiting most hyperscale data centres, adversely affecting user experience, and bringing productivity to a crawl, causing many network admins to feel pressured by business demands to forego security safeguards. Allowing all traffic to flow freely into and out of an organisation’s network without security opens organisations up to the risk of cyberattacks, which can severely damage their brand reputation and cause potential loss in revenue due to extended downtime. While many organisations have successfully deployed hyperscale network architectures, achieving hyperscale security has been a significant challenge. To-date, some vendors claim to implement hyperscale security through multiple firewalls orchestrated together to achieve a hyperscale architecture, which has proven to be cumbersome and expensive. The hardware acceleration via purpose-built NP7 network processors of FortiGate 4400F uniquely delivers the first single compact appliance with security performance and scale that keeps up with the growth of today’s hyperscale data centres and enables the following use cases: 

  • High velocity e-retail: Allows high-velocity e-retail businesses to deliver the best possible user experience for their customers by supporting tens of millions of connections per second, enabling essential layer 4 security, and delivering hardware-accelerated prevention of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. 
  • Cutting-edge research: Enhances productivity for cutting-edge research facilities and other verticals like oil and gas by supporting the secure transfer of extremely large datasets – also known as elephant flows – of up to 100Gbps. For situations that require encrypting at high speeds, IPsec can be turned on non-intrusively to support high-bandwidth IPsec tunnel flows. 
  • Financial institutions, cloud providers and other large enterprises: Allows businesses to launch services in the most agile and secure fashion possible to increase productivity and revenue. By accelerating VXLAN-based segmentation, FortiGate 4400F enables super-fast communication between massively scaled services (such as compute, storage, or apps) that are co-hosted on physical and virtualised domains. These large scale segments can be protected with essential Layer 4 or advanced Layer 7 security. 

5G speeds need security at scale that can keep up 

Today’s hyperconnected world allows user-to-user, user-to-machine, and machine-to-machine communication, which in turn puts huge demands on security to be delivered at massive scale. As 4G transitions to 5G, these demands will be pushed to their limits as network operation teams must ensure both security and business continuity. Most solutions lack the required scale to overcome IPv4 address scarcity, growing mobile bandwidth demands, and increasing numbers of encrypted tunnels connecting infrastructure, which in turn holds carriers back from being able to support a large set of customers. FortiGate 4400F uniquely addresses these pain points, delivering: 

  • Carrier-grade network address translation (CGNAT) that enables hyperscale Packet Delivery Network (PDN) while preserving user experience with hardware-accelerated user session setup rates, low latency and hardware-assisted logging for audit and control. 
  • Critical scale for Security Gateway (SecGW) at 4G and 5G mobile for Radio Access Network (RAN) control to enable services providers to build high capacity networks that maximise return on investment. 
  • Allows service providers to differentiate their customer offerings by delivering additional value-added services such as parental control with technologies like URL filtering. 

FortiGate 4400F vs. competitors 

Below is a comparison of the top firewalls on the market against the FortiGate 4400F series. Security Compute Rating is a benchmark (performance multiplier) that compares FortiGate Network Firewall performance versus the industry average of competing products across various categories that fall within the same price band. 

1 Target values – Enabled by a hyperscale license 

2 PAN: Calculated with 1-NPC (100G-NPC) cards, no services and support 

3 ​​Juniper: SRX5400E-B2-AC 

FortiGate 4400F showcases the industry’s highest performance with Security Compute Ratings up to 13x better than the competition. As a result, organisations can enjoy far greater headroom for digital innovation with Fortinet TCO savings and have the resources to respond to unexpected events.    

Powered by security-driven networking 

FortiGate 4400F leverages security-driven networking principals to enable ultra-scalable, secure distributed networks and hyperscale data centres. Security-driven Networking solutions are not only faster and scale further than the competition, they are also much more cost-effective, delivering the industry’s best price/performance in a compact form factor for additional lower costs associated with lower rack space, power and cooling requirements. Fortinet also offers industry leading automation and orchestration capabilities as part of Fabric Management Center and FortiOS. Additionally, Fortinet continues to be a proponent of Open APIs and is committed to support industry initiatives like OpenConfig with the goal of delivering automation to streamline operations. 

The FortiGate 4400F, as a part of an integrated security platform via the Fortinet Security Fabric, also provides security for hybrid data centres as follows: 

  • Protection from known attacks with AI-powered FortiGuard services including web filtering and intrusion prevention system services. 
  • Proactive threat detection for any segmentation that a customer plans to adopt with a Security Compute Rating of 2x. 
  • Full visibility into threats and removes blind spots with SSL inspection including TLS 1.3 that is 6.5x better than competing products. 
  • Protection of business critical applications and servers by offering virtual patching using high performance consolidated IPS. 

Supporting quotes 

“Fortinet’s highly differentiated high-end firewalls enable us to deliver security-driven networking for our customers to protect IT systems, platforms, and applications. FortiGate is a long-term advanced security solution that consolidates point-products and reduces cost and complexity. FortiGate 4400F will uniquely allow us to provide hyperscale security solutions that preserve user experience and business growth for our largest customers.”
 Michael J. McGlynn, Vice President, Global Security at WWT 

“Security has long been an issue for organisations with the largest capacity needs  it simply hasn’t been able to keep up, causing many network admins to make the tradeoff between meeting business demands and maintaining a strong security posture. Hyperscale data centres and 5G networks have the biggest need for security that can keep pace with unprecedented user and enterprise demands. Fortinet is delivering security performance figures that far exceed those of competitor solutions to finally give hyperscale organisations the ability to efficiently and effectively secure their business.”
– Zeus Kerravala, Founder and Principal Analyst at ZK Research 

Additional resources 

  • Read more about the announcement and how the FortiGate 4400F delivers security for hyperscale data centres and 5G in the blog. 
  • Learn more about the FortiGate 4400F and our FortiGate family of next-generation firewalls. 

About Fortinet
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organisations around the world. Fortinet empowers our customers with complete visibility and control across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements today and into the future. Only the Fortinet Security Fabric platform can address the most critical security challenges and protect data across the entire digital infrastructure, whether in networked, application, multi-cloud or edge environments. Fortinet ranks #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide and more than 455,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. Both a technology company and a learning company, the Fortinet Network Security Institute has one of the largest and broadest cybersecurity training programs in the industry. Learn more at https://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs. 

Copyright © 2020 Fortinet, Inc. All rights reserved. The symbols ® and  denote respectively federally registered trademarks and common law trademarks of Fortinet, Inc., its subsidiaries and affiliates. Fortinet’s trademarks include, but are not limited to, the following: Fortinet, FortiGate, FortiGuard, FortiCareFortiManagerFortiAnalyzerFortiOSFortiADCFortiAPFortiAppMonitorFortiASICFortiAuthenticatorFortiBridgeFortiCacheFortiCameraFortiCASB, FortiClient, FortiCloudFortiConnectFortiControllerFortiConverterFortiDBFortiDDoSFortiExplorerFortiExtenderFortiFoneFortiCarrierFortiHypervisorFortiIsolatorFortiMailFortiMonitorFortiNACFortiPlannerFortiPortalFortiPresence , FortiProxyFortiRecorderFortiSandboxFortiSIEMFortiSwitchFortiTesterFortiTokenFortiVoiceFortiWANFortiWebFortiWiFiFortiWLCFortiWLCOS and FortiWLM. 

Other trademarks belong to their respective owners. Fortinet has not independently verified statements or certifications herein attributed to third parties and Fortinet does not independently endorse such statements. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, nothing herein constitutes a warranty, guarantee, contract, binding specification or other binding commitment by Fortinet or any indication of intent related to a binding commitment, and performance and other specification information herein may be unique to certain environments. This news release may contain forward-looking statements that involve uncertainties and assumptions, such as statements regarding technology releases among others. Changes of circumstances, product release delays, or other risks as stated in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, located at www.sec.gov, may cause results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in this press release. If the uncertainties materialise or the assumptions prove incorrect, results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. Fortinet assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, and expressly disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements. 

Fortinet establishes Corporate Foundation to protect and positively impact our communities worldwide

Fortinet Foundation creates employee matching fund in global response to COVID-19

Ken Xie, founder, chairman of the board, and chief executive officer, Fortinet, said, “Since the beginning when Fortinet was founded 20 years ago, we deliberately created a culture built on technology innovation and continued learning. Through the establishment of a Corporate Foundation, we are extending investments in security training and education, employee community engagement and disaster relief efforts to empower and protect our communities, as well as positively impact our business, employees, customers and shareholders.”

News summary

Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, has announced the creation of the Fortinet Corporate Foundation to further its impact on global communities and expand the company’s corporate social responsibility initiatives.

  • Fortinet Foundation commits to matching multi-million dollars in employee contributions and in-kind to support global and local response to Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) pandemic.
  • Fortinet Foundation will focus on growing its partnership efforts through public and private sector collaborations to further advance its philanthropic initiatives.
  • The Fortinet Foundation will support Fortinet’s efforts focused on cybersecurity education and training, as well as global partner information-sharing initiatives to increase protection against cyber criminals.

Supporting global efforts in response to COVID-19

Businesses, governments and communities want to maintain continuity in the midst of rapid changes resulting from the global public health crisis. To provide global and local COVID-19 relief support, the Fortinet Foundation has established a multi-million dollar fund to match employee giving.

Additionally, the Fortinet Foundation will continue to support disaster relief efforts by collaborating with organisations like the Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC), focused on providing communities with the technical resources necessary to continue operations after disasters. Fortinet Foundation is supporting ITDRC’s projectConnect initiative by donating Fortinet’s security technology to help securely set up WiFi and hotspots, connecting rural and underserved communities across the United States affected by COVID-19.

These efforts further support Fortinet’s commitment to our customers, partners and communities impacted by COVID-19 by providing solutions, technology and resources that help maintain business continuity and keep remote workforces protected in the middle of the global pandemic.

Increasing cybersecurity awareness and addressing the skills gap

The Fortinet Corporate Foundation expands the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, especially those focused on addressing the cybersecurity skills gap and collaborations to provide security to individuals, organisations and governments around the world. Fortinet leverages its technology innovations, employees’ technical and intellectual talents and strategic partnerships in the following ways:

  • Free training through Fortinet’s Network Security Expert (NSE) Institute: As both a technology company and learning organisation, Fortinet is focused on closing the cyber skills gap through its NSE Institute programs. NSE Institute offers security training to IT professionals, students, nonprofits and veterans and their spouses, among others, to provide the security knowledge necessary to fill critical cybersecurity roles. More recently, Fortinet made all its NSE Institue’s self-paced security training courses available for free to help address the rapidly evolving needs of organisations securing highly distributed and remote workforces. These courses also provide students and anyone looking to start a career in cybersecurity the opportunity to gain new knowledge or upskill.
  • Fortinet Network Security Academy program: The Fortinet Network Security Academy (FNSA) program, part of NSE Institute, supports more than 200 academic institutions and nonprofits around the world. FNSA gives its members access to Fortinet’s NSE certification and training curricula to prepare students and participants for a career in cybersecurity. In addition to helping to develop cyber aware individuals, FNSA is helping to educate the future generation of security professionals.
  • Global collaborations: Fortinet has forged strategic partnerships to further address the cyber skills gap as well as advance information sharing critical to tackling today’s sophisticated threats. As a founding member of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Centre for Cybersecurity and the Cyber Threat Alliance, Fortinet collaborates with global leaders from various sectors to help shape the future of cybersecurity and build new opportunities in the digital economy. Fortinet also has a partnership with the NATO Communications and Information Agency, and is a member of an expert working group within INTERPOL.
  • Threat intelligence sharing through FortiGuard Labs: FortiGuard Labs has also been instrumental in threat sharing and collaboration, leveraging leading-edge machine learning and AI technologies to provide actionable threat intelligence to the industry. FortiGuard Labs’ partner ecosystem includes security vendor alliances, government agencies and international law enforcement organisations, enabling it to take a leadership role to ensure the industry is responding to global emerging security risks.

Additional resources

About Fortinet
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organisations around the world. Fortinet empowers our customers with complete visibility and control across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements today and into the future. Only the Fortinet Security Fabric platform can address the most critical security challenges and protect data across the entire digital infrastructure, whether in networked, application, multi-cloud or edge environments. Fortinet ranks #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide and more than 455,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. Both a technology company and a learning company, the Fortinet Network Security Institute has one of the largest and broadest cybersecurity training programs in the industry. Learn more at https://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs.

Copyright © 2020 Fortinet, Inc. All rights reserved. The symbols ® and ™ denote respectively federally registered trademarks and common law trademarks of Fortinet, Inc., its subsidiaries and affiliates. Fortinet’s trademarks include, but are not limited to, the following: Fortinet, FortiGate, FortiGuard, FortiCare, FortiManager, FortiAnalyzer, FortiOS, FortiADC, FortiAP, FortiAppMonitor, FortiASIC, FortiAuthenticator, FortiBridge, FortiCache, FortiCamera, FortiCASB, FortiClient, FortiCloud, FortiConnect, FortiController, FortiConverter, FortiDB, FortiDDoS, FortiExplorer, FortiExtender, FortiFone, FortiCarrier, FortiHypervisor, FortiIsolator, FortiMail, FortiMonitor, FortiNAC, FortiPlanner, FortiPortal, FortiPresence , FortiProxy, FortiRecorder, FortiSandbox, FortiSIEM, FortiSwitch, FortiTester, FortiToken, FortiVoice, FortiWAN, FortiWeb, FortiWiFi, FortiWLC, FortiWLCOS and FortiWLM.

Other trademarks belong to their respective owners. Fortinet has not independently verified statements or certifications herein attributed to third parties and Fortinet does not independently endorse such statements. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, nothing herein constitutes a warranty, guarantee, contract, binding specification or other binding commitment by Fortinet or any indication of intent related to a binding commitment, and performance and other specification information herein may be unique to certain environments. This news release may contain forward-looking statements that involve uncertainties and assumptions, such as statements regarding technology releases among others. Changes of circumstances, product release delays, or other risks as stated in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, located at www.sec.gov, may cause results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in this press release. If the uncertainties materialise or the assumptions prove incorrect, results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. Fortinet assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, and expressly disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

Fortinet advanced endpoint security blocks 100 per cent of malware in AV-Comparatives Real-World Protection Test

AV-Comparative Business Malware Protection and Real-World Protection Tests validate Fortinet’s real-time endpoint threat protection leadership

John Maddison, EVP of products and CMO, Fortinet, said, “When a device is targeted with malware, every second counts, and this is more important than ever with the increase in remote work today. To be effective, endpoint security solutions need to incorporate real-time post-execution protection rather than just detection, and then integrate closely with the network and other security components to share telemetry, correlate intelligence, and quickly address increasingly sophisticated threats as part of an automated and coordinated response. Fortinet is pleased to have received this recognition for its advanced endpoint protection capabilities and remains committed to third-party testing validations for other products within our Security Fabric platform.”

News summary

Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, has announced the results from AV-Comparatives’ Business Malware Protection Test and the Business Real-World Protection Test.

  • In this year’s Real-World Protection Test of 19 endpoint vendors, Fortinet’s advanced endpoint security, which included FortiEDR paired with FortiClient, demonstrated a 100 per cent block rate of exploits, unknown threats and HTTP malware, and with zero false positives on the Malware Protection Test.
  • The Fortinet solution also demonstrated high effectiveness in detecting malicious malware across multiple vectors, including email, web, and USB (for offline threats), and was proven resistant to all evasion techniques.
  • AV-Comparatives’ reports provides the industry’s most comprehensive test results for security effectiveness and total cost of ownership for endpoint security solutions protecting today’s increasingly intelligent and hyperconnected endpoint devices.

Automated protection, detection, and response

Fortinet’s approach to endpoint security converges protection, detection, and response for powerful security pre- and post-infection. It proactively reduces the attack surface, prevents malware infection, detects and defuses advanced threats in real time, and can automate response and remediation procedures with customisable playbooks. Fortinet endpoint security helps organisations stop breaches in real-time, automatically and efficiently, without overwhelming security teams with a slew of false alarms or disrupting business operations.

With FortiEDR, Fortinet offers the only endpoint protection solution that provides both comprehensive machine learning antimalware pre-execution and behaviour-based post-infection protection. This allows organisations to automatically detect and defuse potential threats in real time, even on already infected hosts. The defusing post-infection protection layer controls outbound communications and file systems modifications to prevent data exfiltration, lateral movement and C2 communications, as well as file tampering and ransomware.

With automated Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) functions for threat hunting and incident response, Fortinet endpoint security eliminates the breach response time gap, dwell time, and helps alleviate alert fatigue for stretched security staff. Its broad OS coverage protects workstations, servers, and virtual machines, including legacy and embedded operating systems.

Further, FortiClient can also be deployed as an essential and integral component of the Fortinet Security Fabric, delivering endpoint visibility, network access control and automated threat response.

Additional resources

About Fortinet

Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organisations around the world. Fortinet empowers our customers with complete visibility and control across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements today and into the future. Only the Fortinet Security Fabric platform can address the most critical security challenges and protect data across the entire digital infrastructure, whether in networked, application, multi-cloud or edge environments. Fortinet ranks #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide and more than 455,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. Both a technology company and a learning company, the Fortinet Network Security Institute has one of the largest and broadest cybersecurity training programs in the industry. Learn more at https://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs.

Copyright © 2020 Fortinet, Inc. All rights reserved. The symbols ® and ™ denote respectively federally registered trademarks and common law trademarks of Fortinet, Inc., its subsidiaries and affiliates. Fortinet’s trademarks include, but are not limited to, the following: Fortinet, FortiGate, FortiGuard, FortiCare, FortiManager, FortiAnalyzer, FortiOS, FortiADC, FortiAP, FortiAppMonitor, FortiASIC, FortiAuthenticator, FortiBridge, FortiCache, FortiCamera, FortiCASB, FortiClient, FortiCloud, FortiConnect, FortiController, FortiConverter, FortiDB, FortiDDoS, FortiExplorer, FortiExtender, FortiFone, FortiCarrier, FortiHypervisor, FortiIsolator, FortiMail, FortiMonitor, FortiNAC, FortiPlanner, FortiPortal, FortiPresence , FortiProxy, FortiRecorder, FortiSandbox, FortiSIEM, FortiSwitch, FortiTester, FortiToken, FortiVoice, FortiWAN, FortiWeb, FortiWiFi, FortiWLC, FortiWLCOS and FortiWLM.

Other trademarks belong to their respective owners. Fortinet has not independently verified statements or certifications herein attributed to third parties and Fortinet does not independently endorse such statements. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, nothing herein constitutes a warranty, guarantee, contract, binding specification or other binding commitment by Fortinet or any indication of intent related to a binding commitment, and performance and other specification information herein may be unique to certain environments. This news release may contain forward-looking statements that involve uncertainties and assumptions, such as statements regarding technology releases among others. Changes of circumstances, product release delays, or other risks as stated in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, located at www.sec.gov, may cause results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in this press release. If the uncertainties materialise or the assumptions prove incorrect, results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. Fortinet assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, and expressly disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.