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Understand the benefits of the Fortinet Security Fabric

Networks are currently undergoing more dramatic change than at any time in the past thirty years. Organizations are simultaneously wrestling with issues such as BYOD, IoT, virtualization, SDN, cloud, the proliferation of applications, Big Data, and the expectations of the next generation of employees to blend their work and their personal lives on a single device of their choosing, with instant access to any data at any time from any location.


This has exponentially increased the attack surface that organizations need to be concerned with.


Fortinet’s Security Fabric integrates technologies for the endpoint, access layer, network, applications, data center, content, and cloud into a single collaborative security solution that can be orchestrated through a single management interface.


It is based on five key principles:


Scalable: The Fortinet Security Fabric protects the Enterprise from IoT to the Cloud. A comprehensive security strategy needs both depth (performance and deep inspection) and breadth (end to end.) Security not only needs to scale to meet volume and performance demands, it needs to scale laterally, seamlessly tracking and securing data from IoT and endpoints, across the distributed network and data center, and into the cloud. The Fortinet Security Fabric provides seamless, ubiquitous protection across the distributed Enterprise, from IoT to the Cloud, as well as inspection of packet data, application protocols, and deep analysis of unstructured content – all at wire speeds.



Aware: The Fabric behaves as a single entity from a Policy and Logging perspective, enabling end to-end Segmentation in order to reduce the risk from advanced threats. You not only need to see data that flows into and out of your network, but how that data traverses the network once it’s inside the perimeter. The Fortinet Security Fabric enables end-to-end network segmentation for deep visibility and inspection of traffic travelling the network, and control of who and what gets to go where, thereby reducing the risk from advanced threats.


Secure: Global and Local threat intelligence and mitigation information can be shared across individual products to decrease Time to Protect. Not only does security need to include powerful security tools for the various places and functions of your network, but true visibility and control requires that these discrete elements work together as an integrated security system. Fortinet’s Security Fabric behaves as a single collaborative entity from a Policy and Logging perspective, allowing individual product elements to share Global and Local threat intelligence and threat mitigation information.


Actionable: Big Data cloud systems correlate threat information and network data to deliver Actionable Threat Intelligence in real time. It’s not enough to detect bad traffic or block malware using discrete security devices. You need a common set of threat intelligence and centralized orchestration that allows your security to dynamically adapt as a threat is discovered anywhere, not just in your network, but anywhere in the world. Fortinet’s Big Data cloud systems centralize and correlate threat information and network data to deliver actionable threat intelligence to every security device in your network’s security fabric in real time.

Open: Well-defined, open APIs allow leading technology partners to become part of the fabric. Of course, a true security fabric will let you maximize your existing investment in security technologies. Which is why Fortinet has developed a series of welldefined, open APIs that allow technology partners to become part of the Fortinet Security Fabric. Combined, the Fortinet Security Fabric is able to dynamically adapt to the evolving network architecture as well as the changing threat landscape.

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