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Fortinet At Google Cloud Next 2018

By Fortinet | July 18, 2018

Organizations across industries are increasingly moving to a cloud-first strategy. In fact, it’s predicted that by 2020 enterprises will keep 83 percent of their workloads in the cloud, 41 percent of which will be in public clouds. This comprehensive adoption of cloud solutions stems from the need of enterprises to transform their networks to meet the growing demands of today’s digital marketplace, enhancing capabilities for DevOps, IoT, mobility, machine learning, and more.

Utilizing the cloud allows organizations to address digital needs and increase scalability and mobility without having to make costly upfront capital investments in infrastructure. However, though IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS models reduce complexity during rollout, IT teams must still be proactive in integrating cloud solutions to existing infrastructure, monitoring security, and as multi-cloud environments become the norm, maintaining a single line of data visibility across various providers.

IT professionals are constantly learning new ways to leverage the cloud for business benefits within their unique network, which is why Fortinet is excited to participate in this process at Google Cloud Next ‘18.

Fortinet at Google Cloud Next 2018

Fortinet will be attending Google Next ‘18 from July 24th-26th, which is being held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. This year’s event is expected to host more than 20,000 Google Cloud customers, partners, and engineers.

The goal of the conference is to provide IT decisions makers at both large and small companies with new ways to leverage cloud-based resources, manage their infrastructure, and get hands-on experience through demonstrations, breakouts, keynotes, and more. Sessions at Google Next will focus on a few major themes, including security and compliance, infrastructure and operations, machine learning and AI, and more.

Fortinet will be present in the exhibition hall as a Turnkey Sponsor. At our booth, visitors will be able to see demos of how FortiGate and other security products integrate and work with Google Cloud, as well as how our broader Security Fabric leverages automation and integration to provide security and visibility across distributed environments from endpoints to the cloud, including all five major cloud providers.

Additionally, Fortinet will be hosting a 20-minute pod talk. Aidan Walden, Fortinet’s Manager of Engineering Network, Security, and Public Cloud will be presenting on “Simplified Automation for Securing Digital Transformation.” Attendees will leave with insights into how to ensure security and compliance even as organizations continue to innovate, including the adoption of multi-cloud environments.

The Importance of Security in Multi-Cloud Environments

The cloud has proven itself to be a business necessity, which has driven organizations to move forward with adoption. However, security has long been a concern for organizations moving to the cloud. Those concerns have largely been overcome with security technologies that can augment the security measures that come native with IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS services. These additional security controls include such technologies as CASBs, web application firewalls, intrusion detection measures, NGFWs, etc.

Today, however, 81 percent of enterprises are using a multi-cloud strategy, running IaaS, SaaS, and PaaS solutions from various providers within their network. And increasingly, workloads run between these clouds, with data traveling across these various environments. So while adding new cloud-based security solutions may sometimes be effective for organizations with a single public, private, and hybrid cloud environment, securing a multi-cloud requires a much more integrated approach.

But in a multi-cloud environment, adding separate security solutions for each cloud provider actually limits the visibility security teams have into data movement across the extended multi-cloud network. This isolated approach makes it difficult, for example, to detect anomalous activity that might be indicative of an attack, or to ensure consistent policy deployment and enforcement across the extended network. Furthermore, cybercriminals are already aware that the complexity of multi-cloud environments often causes gaps in security, making it more difficult for IT teams to effectively identify and respond to attacks in any sort of comprehensive manner. And they are willing and able to exploit those gaps.

So to ensure security in instances of multi-cloud usage, organizations instead require an integrated fabric solution approach that enables clear and seamless visibility and communication across various providers.

FortiGate VM for Google Cloud Platform

This is one of the reasons why Fortinet developed FortiGate VM, offered for the Google Cloud Platform. This comprehensive security solution allows organizations to take advantage of the benefits the cloud provides while ensuring compliance, security, and visibility across on-premises, cloud, and multi-cloud workloads. 

While Google Cloud has many security features in place to secure their cloud environment, users are ultimately responsible for the security of their data, especially if it is moving between clouds. Which is why FortiGate VM is so revolutionary. It is not only available for the Google Cloud Platform, one of the top public clouds being used today, but it is also the first single firewall solution to be offered across all the top five cloud vendors.

As organizations continue to adopt multi-cloud strategies, the ability to integrate security across different networking ecosystems will become increasingly essential for ensuring compliance and security, especially in highly regulated industries such as healthcare financial services, and education.  

Final Thoughts

Fortinet is excited to have the opportunity to meet with so many IT professionals at Google Next and to demonstrate the ways FortiGate and the Security Fabric are able to secure the Google Cloud and accelerate the transformation organizations require in order to compete in today’s dynamic digital marketplace.

What: Google Cloud Next 2018

Where: Booth: #W1308, Moscone Center, San Francisco

When:  July 24th-26th, 2018


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