CWHK Awards 2018: Fortinet calls for more unified approach to security

Cherry Fung, regional director for Hong Kong, Macau and Mongolia, Fortinet

Award: UNIFIED THREAT MANAGEMENT

Winner: FortiGate Enterprise Firewall Series

Digital transformation impacts how companies do business and how employees and consumers interact with organizations.

In the midst of this transformation, networks are undergoing a dramatic change, said Cherry Fung, regional director for Hong Kong, Macau and Mongolia at Fortinet.

“IoT, private, public, and hybrid cloud, the migration to SDN architectures, a highly mobile workforce, and geographically dispersed data centers are transforming the network into an ecosystem of connected networks,” she said.

“Data moves freely between devices and locations, and across network environments, including virtualized networks, remote offices, mobile workers, and public cloud environments—making it difficult to consistently track and secure,” Fung said.

Fortinet’s FortiGate Enterprise Firewall Series is the winner in the unified threat management (UTM) category of the Computerworld Hong Kong Awards. It provides high performance, consolidated advanced security and granular visibility for broad protection across the entire digital attack surface.

In Hong Kong, a broad spectrum of customers has deployed FortiGate in their daily operations. These companies include large financial services institutions, government agencies, telecommunications services providers transportation firms, educational and healthcare institutes, as well as retailers.  

The need for a security framework

Fung pointed out installing firewalls/UTM appliances alone is not sufficient to protect networks in dynamic and distributed environments. Organizations need supporting technologies like email security, web security, access security, endpoint security, sandboxing, management and analytics, to name a few.

“The challenge, however, with incorporating so many different security solutions into a network is that these solutions may not integrate well with one another, leaving gaps in the organization’s security posture,” she said.

Fung added that it requires a unified framework to connect the various security solutions together, so that they can dynamically adapt to the evolving IT infrastructure in order to defend its rapidly changing attack surface.

“The Fortinet Security Fabric is one such framework,” she said. “It integrates security for the endpoint, access layer, network, applications, data center, content, and cloud into a cooperative solution that can be managed, analyzed, and orchestrated through a unified management interface.”

She said this framework also intelligently and transparently segments networks, from IoT to the cloud, to provide advanced protection against sophisticated threats.

Increased automation is the future

Going forward, Fortinet will enhance its Security Fabric—and its FortiGate firewalls that form the core of the Security Fabric—with more sophisticated automation and AI.

“With self-learning capabilities, the Security Fabric will not only be able to see but even anticipate threats. It will be able to serve as a framework for intent-based network security, which can be self-provisioning, self-operating, self-learning, and self-correcting. This will also enable the dynamic sharing of real-time threat intelligence with other systems,” Fung said.      

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