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Over the last decade, as e-commerce and Web 2.0 companies became proficient in running large-scale businesses on the cloud, the importance of security and compliance grew. With that came the fear that robust security would block the agility of application delivery on the cloud. This agility was put to the test at the onset of the pandemic when nearly every enterprise rushed to the cloud to adapt to an entirely remote workforce. Now that workers are returning to the office and the work from anywhere phenomenon appears to be here to stay, many CIOs are embracing hybrid IT architectures that provide a consistent user experience without sacrificing security – both on-premises and in the cloud.
Although organizations have realized many of the business benefits of cloud technology, the majority still lack the resources and skills to deal with the security side of the equation themselves. In fact, according to the most recent Fortinet Cloud Security Report, 95% of respondents stated that they are concerned about cloud security.
Backed by a strong collaboration between Fortinet and Amazon Web Services (AWS), we are excited to announce Fortinet FortiGate CNF. This cloud-native firewall service removes complexity while improving security and supporting consistent security policies across different AWS environments. Fortinet continues to deliver on its vision of converging security natively in the cloud by bringing together network security (FortiGate CNF), application security (FortiWeb) and cloud platform security (FortiCNP) to help organizations better operationalize, simplify, and protect public and hybrid cloud deployments.
FortiGate CNF is a SaaS offering that delivers seamless scalability, implicit resiliency, streamlined workflows, and flexible consumption through deep cloud-native integrations with native AWS services such as AWS Gateway Load Balancer, AWS Firewall Manager, and AWS Marketplace. Fortinet and AWS bring together the best of both worlds – deep security expertise and leading edge cloud technology – in a simple-to-manage and easy-to-consume service.
Jon Jensen, VP Cybersecurity at Presidio, an AWS Premier consulting partner with more than 600 AWS certifications, had this to say about the launch of FortiGate CNF:
“A cloud-native firewall service like this allows organizations to simplify network security operations, deploy best-in-class security on AWS, and offload network security operations for our customers. Together, Fortinet and Presidio provide industry leading managed security solutions and services for our customers so that they can focus on their core competencies and grow their business.”
As a managed service, FortiGate CNF reduces the network security operations workload. Enterprises don't have to configure, provision, or maintain any firewall software infrastructure. In addition, they enjoy the following benefits:
Earlier this year, we introduced FortiCNP, a built-in-the-cloud solution that helps organizations correlate security findings and gain prioritized, actionable insights across their cloud environments. FortiGate CNF is the latest example of the Fortinet commitment to delivering solutions that extend enterprise-grade security with cloud-native integrations. These solutions along with FortiWeb Cloud, our web application firewall-as-a-service solution, are examples of how Fortinet is driving towards a converged future of security that works natively within the cloud rather than solutions that simply sit on top. This translates to reduced complexity, simplified cloud security operations, increased speed of response, and reduced costs, including less infrastructure and tools to deploy, maintain, and manage.
Fortinet FortiGate CNF brings deep network visibility and robust protection on AWS in a flexible consumption model. This managed cloud-native firewall service eliminates network security infrastructure overhead, simplifies security policy management, and integrates security into cloud workflows, which helps organizations improve agility and reduce costs.
Learn more about FortiGate CNF here which is available now in AWS Marketplace here.