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.

Fortinet makes all online cybersecurity training courses available for free to address skills gap

Online, self-paced training courses previously open to partners for free now also available for anyone to expand technical security skills and broad cyber awareness at no cost

John Maddison, EVP of products and CMO at Fortinet, said, “The current reality has forced many organisations to face rapid change and new risks as they’ve transitioned to remote workforce models. IT teams are under pressure to effectively secure their organisations, in very dynamic environments which require broad security skillsets. As both a technology company and a learning organisation, we are making our entire online, self-paced catalogue of advanced training courses available for free so that any IT professional can expand timely knowledge and skills on-demand as needed to effectively protect their organisations.”

News summary

Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, has announced it is opening the entire online, self-paced catalogue of advanced Network Security Expert training courses for free.

  • Fortinet is making 24 advanced security courses available for free that cover topics ranging from Secure SD-WAN, public cloud security and secure access, among others. The majority of courses are from the official Network Security Expert Institute curriculum, which was previously available to Fortinet partners for free, but will now be open to anyone who is interested.
  • The courses will be free for the remainder of 2020 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 learn new skills or upskill.
  • Fortinet’s NSE Institute now offers multiple levels of free training either for broad cyber awareness learning or technical upskilling.

Increased risk with distributed workforces

Globally, organisations have had to quickly adapt their network to support their workforce transitioning from their traditional on-premises work environment to remote telework. To maintain business continuity, IT teams are strained with ensuring everyone in their organisation is securely set up to remotely access critical resources and applications on the corporate network. In parallel, cybercriminals are taking advantage of the unprecedented increase in remote access of sensitive information and data by searching for security gaps and shifting attack strategies to target teleworker environments.

According to a recent study from ISC2, nearly two-thirds of companies lacked the skilled staff they needed to maintain effective security operations. With the rapidly expanding attack surface that a distributed workforce at scale has introduced, IT teams need broad security skillsets more than ever, to protect their organisations.

Free training to help develop timely security skills

Fortinet is leveraging curriculum from its NSE Institute’s training and certification program to offer 24 advanced security courses for free to help IT professionals expand their cybersecurity knowledge and address new risks.

By learning about Fortinet technologies, such as FortiGate, FortiNAC and FortiManager, training participants will acquire an array of skills to defend any network against threats. Recorded lab demos for these courses will be available for on-demand viewing and supplemented with regularly scheduled live sessions with Fortinet Certified Trainers. During these live sessions, trainers will be available to demo labs and conduct Q&A sessions. Anyone interested in getting started with Fortinet’s free training courses can visit here.

For anyone interested in training options beyond self-paced, Fortinet has a worldwide network of Authorised Training Centers (ATCs) providing Fortinet training in a variety of formats, including live virtual instructor lead.

NSE Institute’s history of addressing the cybersecurity skills gap

The introduction of additional free cybersecurity courses further builds on Fortinet’s existing efforts to address the cyber skills gap through training and education. With over 300,000 NSE certifications issued, Fortinet established the NSE Institute in 2015, comprised of the NSE training and certification program, the Fortinet Network Security Academy, and the Fortinet Veterans program. In addition, Fortinet was named “Professional Certification Program of the Year” by the 2019 CyberSecurity Breakthrough Awards.

As part of the program’s free training catalogue, Fortinet provides foundational cyber awareness courses for anyone through levels NSE 1 and NSE 2. In addition, the FortiGate Essentials training was recently added as an additional course for anyone interested in learning how to use firewall policies, user authentication, routing and SSL VPN.

Securing the expanding attack surface beyond free training

Fortinet is committed to customers and partners not just through free trainings but also through existing functionalities embedded in Fortinet FortiGate firewalls. For example, existing Fortinet customers already have remote worker solutions embedded in their FortiGate firewalls that can be used at no additional charge. Powered by custom security processors (SPUs), FortiGates are capable of scaling to significantly higher capacity. Fortinet’s Secure SD-WAN solution is included in every FortiGate appliance, providing customers reliable and cost-effective connectivity for their branch workers, improving their application performance. And Fortinet’s free FortiClient software can be quickly installed on both business and personal devices to create encrypted VPN connections to the enterprise network.

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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 440,000 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 appoints Glenn Maiden as director of threat intelligence, FortiGuard Labs Australia and New Zealand

Fortinet has appointed Glenn Maiden as director of threat intelligence at FortiGuard Labs Australia and New Zealand. Glenn’s role will focus on threat intelligence sharing to help Australian and New Zealand organisations protect themselves from current and emerging threats.  

With a strong background in defence, intelligence, security and federal government, Glenn has led a wide variety of cybersecurity activities including penetration testingsystems engineering as well as risk assessments and cyber operations. While in the Australian Intelligence Community (AIC), Glenn supported intelligence collection, processing and reporting.  

Glenn has also held roles with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), where he was the agency’s cybersecurity advisor, and with Lockheed Martin, where he ran cyberoperations for the organisation’s Defence Centralised Processing project. Prior to joining Fortinet, Glenn worked at Cisco, where he ran a national-level program to raise Australia’s overall cyber posture. His focus was on accelerating Australian cybersecurity education and building effective partnerships to realise mutual success.  

At FortiGuard Labs, Glenn will head up threat intelligence operations for Australia and New Zealand. FortiGuard Labs builds the security intelligence that underpins advanced security technologies like artificial intelligence, antivirus, intrusion prevention, and email and web security.  

Glenn Maiden, director of threat intelligence, FortiGuard Labs, said, “Threat intelligence sharing is a crucial aspect of minimising the harm caused by cybersecurity breaches in Australian and New Zealand organisations. Effective threat intelligence sharing can help cybersecurity professionals take a more strategic and proactive approach to protecting their organisations. This can help overcome challenges posed by skills shortages and disparate cybersecurity postures characterised by point solutions that create complexity.  

“By integrating threat intelligence into their cybersecurity posture, organisations can reduce their risk and optimise their security investments, focusing on the controls that will make a real difference.” 

FortiGuard Labs aims to help organisations move away from tactical, responsive approaches to cybersecurity towards a more integrated approach. With more than 200 dedicated researchers and analysts reviewing a constant stream of threat-related data, FortiGuard Labs takes the human cost out of trying to defend organisations’ networks.  

Glenn Maiden said, “Threat intelligence is an extraordinarily valuable tool in the fight against cybercriminals. It’s possible to point to any number of situations in which organisations have avoided significant damage and losses due to timely threat intelligence informing their response to attacks. When organisations have a plethora of point solutions in place, it becomes more difficult to integrate threat intelligence into the cybersecurity ecosystem. It’s important to choose cybersecurity solutions that incorporate a security fabric that extends across the business and leverages threat intelligence for a more effective defence.”  

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About FortiGuard Labs
FortiGuard Labs is the global threat intelligence and research organisation at Fortinet. Its mission is to provide our customers with the global threat intelligence and contextualised analysis needed to protect them from malicious cyberattacks. To do so, FortiGuard Labs employs over 200 threat researchers and analysts in 31 countries around the world and utilises one of the most effective and proven artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) systems in the industry. This platform analyses approximately 10 billion events every day to generate actionable threat intelligence updates for Fortinet products and to keep our customers up-to-date with the latest threat identification and protection information available. Additionally, FortiGuard Labs maintains an integrated threat intelligence ecosystem with over 200 security intelligence partnerships and collaborations. The combination of our industry-leading research and analyst team, innovative and proven AI and ML systems, and extensive security intelligence ecosystem enables Fortinet to provide the leading-edge detection and protection our customers and partners need. 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 440,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. Both a technology company and a learning company, the Fortinet Network Security Expert (NSE) 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 

Fortinet announces new Engage partner program

New program will recognise partner commitment to certifications and specialisations

Sydney —Fortinet has announced a fundamental change to its partner program globally, which will see partners recognised for their hard work and focus. The new partner program, called Fortinet Engage, is designed to better prepare Fortinet partners to effectively engage and succeed in today’s new security environment.

Jon McGettigan, regional director, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, Fortinet, said, “The changes to the partner program are in direct response to an evolving marketplace. The way security is positioned to end-customers needs to be tailored depending on their circumstances. And, security sales teams need to ensure their understanding of their customers’ environments is strong and comprehensive. This often requires ongoing training, education, and certification.

“Fortinet believes it’s important to recognise partners’ efforts to keep up with the new challenges and opportunities, and to help them more efficiently engage with their customers to establish and maintain brand loyalty.”

The new partner program replaces the old partner tiers with four levels of partner engagement:

  1. Advocate: entry-level partners who are interested in starting a partnership with Fortinet. This level of engagement has limited requirements but also limited benefits.
  2. Select: these partners cater to the small and medium business (SMB) market and are committed to delivering superior security solutions and services designed to meet the unique security concerns of smaller businesses.
  3. Advanced: able to handle a variety of implementation requirements, these partners have met staff certification standards combined with proven success at delivering the full spectrum of Fortinet solutions.
  4. Expert: this designation is reserved for proven Fortinet solution experts who demonstrate consistently high revenue and the delivery of the full spectrum of Fortinet solutions, and have a staff of highly trained and certified Fortinet experts who can manage the most complex customer deployments.

Partners will also be able to customise their Fortinet support to match their business model. There are three broad categories of business model:

  1. Integrators primarily sell on-premise solutions.
  2. Market Place partners are cloud-certified specialists who secure customers using a different consumption model.
  3. MSSP partners sell managed services.

Partners can receive specialised support for any of these business models or in any combination of the three. Each of the four levels of engagement is available regardless of business model; however, the partner can only hold one level of engagement at a time.

In addition to level of engagement and business model, partners can select an area of specialisation to receive additional support and benefits. These specialisation areas include:

  • dynamic cloud
  • secure access and branch
  • secure SD-WAN
  • data centre.

Customised training, certifications, and programs are available for each of these specialisations and additional new specialisations, such as operational technology (OT), zero trust network access, and security operations, are slated for release in the future.

Aaron Bailey, chief information security officer, The Missing Link, said, “We’re excited to see the launch of Fortinet’s Engage partner program. Since 2013, The Missing Link has invested heavily in Fortinet training and certification to become a leading provider, and the results speak for themselves. Fortinet has consistently been one of our fastest-growing vendors, year after year. The granularity and specificity of this program lets partners choose which areas and capabilities they wish to specialise in. We look forward to continuing to invest in Fortinet to ensure The Missing Link can continue to provide the best level of service, innovation, and security to its clients.”

Jon McGettigan said, “The new Fortinet Engage partner program is designed to support and benefit partners to help them maximise their opportunities in the ways that make the most sense to them. By recognising specific levels and areas of specialisation for partners, it’s easier for our partners to get the support they require and for end-user customers to choose the partner they want to work with.

“Fortinet is about helping partners accelerate their growth and deliver market-leading security solutions to a broader range of customers. We look forward to continuing to work closely with our partners to develop strong relationships that drive revenue and opportunity.”

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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 440,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. Both a technology company and a learning company, the Fortinet Network Security Expert (NSE) 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.

Fortinet introduces self-learning artificial intelligence appliance for sub-second threat detection

 

FortiAI leverages Deep Neural Networks to automate threat detection and remediation, expanding Fortinet’s AI-driven security offerings

John Maddison, EVP of products and CMO at Fortinet, said, “Fortinet has invested heavily in FortiGuard Labs cloud-based AI-driven threat intelligence, allowing us to detect more threats, more quickly and more accurately. FortiAI takes the artificial intelligence knowledge from FortiGuard Labs and packages it specifically for on-premises deployments. This gives customers the power of FortiGuard Labs directly in their environment, with self-learning AI to identify, classify and investigate sophisticated threats in sub-seconds.”

News summary

Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, has announced FortiAI, a first-of-its-kind on-premises appliance that leverages self-learning Deep Neural Networks (DNN) to speed threat remediation and handle time consuming, manual security analyst tasks. FortiAI’s Virtual Security Analyst™ embeds one of the industry’s most mature cybersecurity artificial intelligence – developed by Fortinet’s FortiGuard Labs – directly into an organisation’s network to deliver sub-second detection of advanced threats.

Organisations face an uphill battle

Security architects confront many challenges when it comes to discovering and remediating threats, including:

  • Cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated. While traditional cyber threats continue, sophistication of advanced attacks – often enabled by artificial intelligence, machine learning and open source communities – are increasing. As a result, organisations and their defenses are challenged to keep pace with threat evolution.
  • The attack surface is expanding. Millions of new applications, growing cloud adoption and the increase in connected devices are creating billions of edges that security teams need to properly protect and manage. Organisations are challenged to keep pace with the threat volume resulting from many potential entry points.
  • Security teams are constrained due to the cyber skills shortage. The cybersecurity industry faces a skills gap that has become a top emerging risk for organisations. There are not enough skilled professionals available to properly triage, investigate and respond to the growing number of threats – potential and actual – making it easier for cybercriminals to outpace legacy security processes and tools.

Self-learning AI adapts organisations’ threat protection

To address these challenges faced by security professionals today, Fortinet is unveiling FortiAI Virtual Security Analyst™ to accelerate threat remediation. FortiAI handles many of the time consuming, manual tasks currently expected of security professionals, preserving their time for higher value security functions. FortiAI’s self-learning capabilities continue to get smarter once deployed in an organisation’s network.

FortiAI leverages Deep Learning known as Deep Neural Networks, which mimic neurons in the human brain, to make complex decisions based on its scientific analysis of threats specific to the organisation where it is deployed. As FortiAI’s artificial intelligence continues to mature, organisations benefit from having FortiAI’s Virtual Security Analyst™ effectively transform and adapt threat protection.

FortiAI levels the playing field

Fortinet’s Deep Neural Networks (DNN) approach enables FortiAI to revolutionise threat protection by:

  • Automating time-consuming manual investigations to identify and classify threats in real time: Organisations using legacy security processes combined with limited security staff find it difficult to perform manual investigations for each threat alert. This creates additional risks including a data breach or security incident due to slow response time. To solve this, FortiAI automates investigations using DNN to identify the entire threat movement and uncover patient zero and all subsequent infections in a sub-second.
  • Transforming security processes for instant detection and remediation of attacks: FortiAI’s Virtual Security Analyst™ significantly reduces the time organisations are exposed to threats by scientifically analysing characteristics of threats and generating an accurate verdict to accelerate threat response.
  • Delivering tailored threat intelligence to significantly reduce false positives: False positives are a burden for security analysts to investigate and it is time consuming to determine threats versus non-threats. Through tailored threat intelligence, FortiAI learns new malware features as it adapts to new attacks instantaneously and reduces false positives.

On-premises protection for air gapped networks

Another key distinction of FortiAI is that it offers on-premises AI suitable for organisations that have air gapped networks. Operational technology environments, government agencies and some large enterprises must adhere to strict compliance regulations and/or security policies that limit their network’s connection to the internet. FortiAI with its self-learning AI model does not require internet connectivity to learn and mature, enabling organisations with closed environments or stringent security policies to stay ahead of threats.

Fortinet’s AI-driven technologies automate threat protection

Fortinet has a longstanding history of helping customers strengthen their security posture by leveraging artificial intelligence. Some of the existing Fortinet offerings and services, complemented by the new FortiAI, that leverage various forms of AI, such as least squares optimisation and Bayesian probability metrics, include:

  • FortiGuard Labs Threat Intelligence: FortiGuard Labs uses proven advanced AI and machine learning to gather and analyse over 100 billion security events every day. This threat intelligence produced by FortiGuard Labs is delivered to customers through its subscription services available for a range of Fortinet’s products, including the flagship FortiGate NGFWs. As a result, customers benefit from artificial intelligence deployed in global labs for faster threat prevention.
  • FortiSandbox: Fortinet is the first security vendor to introduce AI to sandboxing to automate breach protection. FortiSandbox includes two machine learning models to its static and dynamic analysis of zero-day threats, improving the detection of constantly evolving malware, such as ransomware and cryptojacking. Through the use of a universal security language to categorise malware, FortiSandbox also connects discussions between network and security teams, leading to more integrated and improved security operations.
  • FortiEDR: Fortinet’s FortiEDR uses machine learning to automate the endpoint protection against advanced threats with real time orchestrated incident response functionalities. Customers also benefit from more control of network, user and host activity within their environments.
  • FortiInsight: FortiInsight uses machine learning analytics to effectively monitor endpoints, data movements and user activities to detect unusual, malicious behaviour and policy violations attributed to insider risk.
  • FortiWeb: To better protect web applications and APIs, FortiWeb applies machine learning to tailor a unique defense for each application. As a result, FortiWeb can quickly block threats while minimising the false positives that may interfere with end user experience.
  • FortiSIEM: FortiSIEM leverages machine learning to recognise patterns in typical user behavior like location, time of day, devices used and specific servers accessed. FortiSIEM can then automatically notify security operations teams when anomalous activities occur, like concurrent logins from separate locations.

As cyber criminals look to exploit the expanding digital attack surface with sophisticated attacks, the breadth and depth of the Fortinet Security Fabric’s AI-driven technology provides customers with unparalleled threat prevention, detection and response that can be instant and automated.

Supporting quotes

“Deploying FortiSandbox to protect our organisation against zero-day threats was seamless through Fortinet’s Security Fabric platform. FortiSandbox secures our perimeter, client and mail servers, and ultimately is protecting our assets from advanced unknown threats. Leveraging FortiSandbox’s AI-driven capabilities has helped us keep pace with AI-driven threats, all while providing an easy and simplified way to configure and manage our security.” – Dario Palermo, System and Network Administrator at Ente Autonomo Volturno

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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 440,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. Both a technology company and a learning company, the Fortinet Network Security Expert (NSE) 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.

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.

Business enthusiasm over innovation and emerging tech tempered by cybersecurity and workforce concerns, new CompTIA report reveals

Businesses in Australia identify innovation as a top priority and are intrigued by the potential of emerging technologies, according to a new report from CompTIA, the leading trade association for the global information technology (IT) industry.

At the same time, concerns about cybersecurity readiness and the struggle to find enough workers with the right skills to meet their workforce needs add a measure of caution to their expectations and plans for 2020, CompTIA’s “International Trends in Technology and Workforce” finds.

The survey of business and technology professionals in Australia and 13 other countries identified business priorities for 2020, as well as perceptions of emerging technologies, cybersecurity, workforce skills, professional development strategies, and the future of work.

Tim Herbert, executive vice president for research and market intelligence, CompTIA, said, “The ingredients for innovation have never been more accessible, and tech hubs can now be found in nearly every corner of the globe. While the research points to momentum on many fronts, there remains much work to be done in helping businesses and workers navigate the path ahead.”

The business of technology

With global spending on hardware, software, services and telecom projected to reach nearly $5.2 trillion globally this year, with $93 billion in Australia alone, it’s evident that technology has a growing and integral role in business operations.(1)  95 per cent of Australian companies rate technology as a primary or secondary factor in reaching their business objectives.

The large majority of companies (87 per cent) turn to outside providers to assist with their technology requirements. Consulting and strategy services, cybersecurity, software development, web design and e-commerce and repair and maintenance are among the most common outsourced services. A majority of companies (62 per cent) also report that they get excellent or good return on investment (ROI) from their technology spending.

Emerging tech momentum builds

One half of Australian businesses have a positive view of emerging technology, while another 18 per cent take a middle-ground position, expressing equal parts excitement and trepidation. Both percentages are slightly lower than the global results (54 per cent mostly excitement, 21 per cent equal parts excitement and trepidation).

At the other end of the spectrum one in three Australian companies report mostly feelings of trepidation about emerging tech. Risk aversion, budget constraints and a lack of a clear business case are among the primary factors that are causing some organisations to take a go-slow approach.

Although still far from mainstream adoption, the emerging technologies with the highest rates of implementation globally are the Internet of Things and big data.

Cybersecurity disconnects

Nearly 7 in 10 firms describe their cybersecurity as completely or mostly satisfactory. This indicates much room for improvement, especially with the remainder describing their firms’ approach as simply adequate or inadequate. For many companies in Australia the perception that current cybersecurity efforts are “good enough” is the top challenge to devoting more attention and resources to the issue. A lack of understanding of new cybersecurity threats is another challenge for companies. Given the projected high growth rates for emerging technologies expected over the next several years, the need for businesses to re-evaluate their approaches to cybersecurity is even more apparent.

Workforce challenges

Skills gaps remain an ongoing challenge at most organisations, with 46 per cent of Australian firms reporting that situation has grown more challenging over the past two years. That’s the same percentage as the corresponding global result.

The research confirms the distinction between the generic use of the phrase “skills gap” and the more nuanced discussion of “workforce gaps” that encompass location, pay, soft skills, perceptions, innovation and more.

Interestingly, 18 per cent of Australian employers acknowledge that unrealistic expectations with skills and experience contribute to exaggerated perceptions of the skills gap. Another 53 per cent acknowledge it is somewhat of a factor.

CompTIA’s “International Trends in Technology and Workforce” report is the result of an online survey of 1,554 business and technology professionals in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Ireland, Japan, the Middle East (Oman, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates), the Netherlands, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The complete report, including country specific data, is available at https://www.comptia.org/content/research/international-trends-workforce-cybersecurity-emerging-tech.

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About CompTIA

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the $5.2 trillion global information technology ecosystem; and the estimated 75 million industry and tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world’s economy. Through education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for advancing the tech industry and its workforce. Visit www.comptia.org to learn more.

References: 

(1) International Data Corporation (IDC), ICT Spending Forecast, https://www.idc.com/promo/global-ict-spending/forecast