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Fortinet Expands Security Fabric Offerings on Google Cloud Platform

By Lior Cohen | July 23, 2018

The most security offerings of any vendor for consistent multi-layer protection across multi-cloud environments    

Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is drawing a variety of customers who want to benefit from the platform’s unique networking, analytics and big data capabilities. Typically multi-branch businesses such as retail chains, insurance companies and healthcare providers are the ones to benefit from these capabilities as they require global networking with low latency to operate POS or branches that are distributed worldwide. Additionally, enterprises who choose to source cloud computing services from multiple providers will often select Google as a second provider due to its good reputation and high performance platform. Effectively we are witnessing that organizations are increasingly facing a multi-cloud reality where their compute infrastructure is spread across multiple public clouds and private datacenters. Despite this reality, security requirements are not changing and organizations are required to adhere to the same level of standards and implement security policies identically across these environments. At the same time, security risks are increasing as the attack surface broadens due to an explosion of infrastructure technologies that are being leveraged by organizations.

To help simplify this complex landscape, we announced at Google NEXT the availability of a series of Fortinet Security Fabric solutions that will help organizations securely accelerate their migration and development of applications to Google Cloud Platform. In fact, Fortinet now offers the most security capabilities of any vendor on GCP and we’re the only network security vendor to offer virtual instances of both a next-generation firewall and web application firewall. A full list of Fortinet’s Google Cloud Platform offerings includes:

1) FortiGate Next-Generation Firewall: Fortinet is enhancing the availability of FortiGate to include an on-demand pay-as-you-go version to be offered via GCP Launcher.

2) FortiWeb Web Application Firewall: FortiWeb is available on GCP to offer the industry’s first machine learning-enabled WebAppSec solution with deep integration with FortiGate.

3) FortiManager: FortiManager will run in GCP and can manage Fortinet Security Fabric products regardless of where they run – in GCP, other clouds or on-premises.

4) FortiAnalyzer: FortiAnalyzer can run in GCP and provide a uniform and scalable log management and security visibility solution for global network security deployments.

5) Fabric Connector Cloud: The Fabric Connector Cloud, Fortinet’s network abstraction layer for Cloud and SDN networks, will present logical security objects to Fortinet’s management systems allowing security administrators and SecDevOps organizations to streamline security management.

6) FortiCASB: FortiCASB will introduce advanced capabilities to offer better visibility and control over shadow IT operations on top of GCP.

The new Fortinet offerings in Google Cloud Platform deliver an advanced and unique set of security capabilities to enterprises enabling various network security use cases, including:

Advanced Web Application Protection—For web applications, the unique combination of the FortiGate Next-Generation Firewall and FortiWeb Web Application Firewall offers in-depth protection and capabilities that help satisfy regulatory and security standards requirements such as PCI or HIPAA. Additionally, these capabilities help with relieving the need to constantly apply patches to web servers.

Cloud Services Hub—By leveraging GCP’s unique Global VPC networks to place multiple virtual security appliances that are servicing a global workforce and workload distributions, security administrators can streamline VPN Tunnel management and network segmentation processes to be defined by simple security policies. Resources effectively become global and location no longer plays a role in the logical definition of security.

SD-WAN in the Cloud—Levearaging Google Cloud Platform’s global network, security services can be offered to multiple remote branches distributed globally. All branches connect to Internet services through the SD-WAN hub, which resides in the Google cloud. Such a service leverages the scalability, localization, and availability of the global GCP network.

Remote Access VPN—Organizations can build their remote access VPN in the cloud, leveraging the global presence of large-scale cloud providers. This solution applies when applications reside in the cloud, as well as when applications reside on-premises, and are connected to the cloud over IPsec VPN tunnels (or cloud services hub).

Hybrid Cloud—Full VPN functionality is available on-cloud and off-cloud, offering enterprises a secure and seamless operation of applications across a variety of infrastructures.

In conjunction with Fortinet’s broad array of cloud-based services such as FortiGuard and FortiCloud, among others, the breadth of cloud IaaS security solutions and their integration with central management, as well as automation capabilities, provides customers with a unique mix of security capabilities that will help them protect their environment in the best possible way, which is tailored exactly to their needs. These capabilities offer security professionals the ability to leverage existing skillsets, as well as acquire new ones, when implementing the known Fortinet Security products over the public cloud.

For More Information

Download our solution guide to learn how you can take the complexity out of security with integration and automation across multi-cloud environments. Manage risk easily and effectively, while gaining visibility.

Learn more about how to secure your private cloud, public cloud, and SaaS with Fortinet. Read our solution brief about extending advanced security for the Google Cloud platform.

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