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Innovating for a Safe Internet

Driving Sustainability through Cybersecurity

ESG Resource Center

 

Fortinet is committed to driving progress and sustainability for all with respect to ethics and human rights. We strive to ensure the digital privacy and security of individuals and organizations through innovation, research, and cooperation.

As part of our global transition to a digital economy, more than half of the world's population is now online, and nearly everyone lives in an area covered by a mobile network. This progress has provided unprecedented financial and social opportunities for individuals and organizations. However, these advances have also been a catalyst for the growth of cybercrime, which threatens the welfare of our global digital economy and the potentially negative social impacts of the misuse of digital technology pertaining to privacy and information security.

As a cybersecurity leader, Fortinet is engaged in innovating for a safe Internet by focusing on three critical areas of development:

 

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Addressing Cybersecurity Risks to Society

As our digital world continues to advance, public, private sector, and personal environments are increasingly converging. As a result, the disruption of operations or services and the loss or compromise of data due to cyberattacks now affect everyone. Fortinet is committed to developing advanced cybersecurity to create a safer internet for all through innovation, community engagement, and partnerships. 

Fortinet is committed to creating a safer internet for all by advancing cybersecurity through innovation, community engagement, and partnerships.

We strive for innovation and customer success. Because Fortinet solutions are designed to natively interoperate, they provide protections that span digital environments, allowing data, applications, and users to operate from anywhere to anywhere using any device. This can only be achieved through our unparalleled commitment to innovation, evidenced by our leadership position and the 700+ patents we have been awarded—many times more than any other vendor in this space. Our innovative technologies have been engineered to provide the highest security performance and smallest footprint, delivering the best sustainable value to our customers and partners, which is why they are also the most deployed solutions in the world. Fortinet's security platform also allows organizations to reduce operational complexity and policy management overheads for greater visibility and faster mitigation.

From Digital Divide to Digital Trust. Beyond our own Research & Development, we collaborate with third parties to drive joint partnership innovation for the industry and help address the digital divide. A perfect example is our recent effort to bridge the homework gapResearch shows that a lack of adequate internet access impacts student performance. Sadly, school-age children in lower-income households and rural areas are especially likely to lack such access. In the US, this is particularly pronounced in Black, Hispanic, and Native American households.

To help schools bridge this homework gap, Fortinet has partnered with Linksys to deliver an affordable solution that delivers reliable broadband access with nationwide coverage. Schools can easily distribute the provision-free hardware to students in need of high-speed internet connections at home to complete homework and stay on top of learning requirements for better academic performance. 

Through these and similar efforts, we aim to create a digital trust for all and help them avoid the potentially negative social impacts of the misuse of digital technology, especially in terms of privacy and information security.

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Ensuring Information Security & Privacy

Competing effectively in today's digital marketplace depends on maintaining the confidence of customers and partners and protecting critical digital resources, infrastructures, and intellectual property. This is especially critical when it comes to upholding the human right to privacy and data protection. We provide organizations worldwide with the advanced technologies they need to protect the privacy of their employees and customers and to comply with local, national, and international laws and regulations, such as the EU's GDPR, California's CCPA, New York's SHIELD Act, etc.

We use those same technologies for the secure collection, analysis, storage, sharing, and transfer of customer, employee, and worker data in our operations. We do this to protect data from unwanted parties, unauthorized access, and cyber threats and conform to globally recognized standards.

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Driving Responsible Product Use

Fortinet is committed to ethically designing, developing, deploying, selling, and managing products and services in ways that respect human rights—particularly when it comes to artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies. ​This means continuously reviewing the downstream ethical/human rights impacts of Fortinet's products and mitigating any risks. Fortinet includes human rights issues in product use policies and terms of service and provides a reporting mechanism for it in its codes of conduct. 

Beyond Technology

In addition to the physical development of advanced cybersecurity technologies, Fortinet is also focused on advancing cybersecurity by sharing our expertise and driving global cooperation.

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FortiGuard Labs

Fortinet's global threat intelligence and research organization, FortiGuard Labs, drives malware research around the world. FortiGuard Labs is comprised of experienced threat hunters, researchers, analysts, engineers, and data scientists. It is also supported by an advanced AI threat intelligence system that gathers and correlates data from millions of nodes and hundreds of threat feeds to identify threat patterns and evolution.

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Global Cooperation

Fortinet is a founding member and holds a permanent seat on the World Economic Forum's Centre for Cybersecurity. This forum is focused on developing solutions to the world's most pressing cybersecurity challenges, including continuing efforts to close the cybersecurity skills gap and share bold ideas that will create the global impact needed to secure the future. We are also part of the World Economic Forum’s Working Group called Partnership against Cybercrime which promotes public-private collaboration in the fight against cybercrime.

In addition, Fortinet partners with international agencies such as NATO and Interpol to protect businesses, governments, and individuals and help identify and eliminate cybercriminal organizations.

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Industry Alliances

We are a founding member of the Cyber Threat Alliance, a consortium of security vendors dedicated to sharing critical threat intelligence to raise the level of security for all organizations worldwide.

 

As we pursue our vision and mission, we are also committed to creating sustainable, long-term value for all our stakeholders, including our customers, partners, employees, suppliers, shareholders, and society in general.

 

Fortinet is committed to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse workplace to empower individuals to reach their full potential. And as a leader in broadly available cybersecurity training, we are also committed to helping close the cybersecurity skills gap across a broad and diverse range of audiences and improving opportunities for those seeking a career in cybersecurity. 

 

Fortinet is focused on reducing the environmental footprint of our customers by innovating highly efficient, integrated appliances and cloud-based security solutions. From a business standpoint, we are also committed to minimizing our impact on the environment across our operations, including offices, facilities, and data centers.

 

Fortinet is committed to doing business ethically and in compliance with all laws. Our corporate governance practices provide review, oversight, and guidance to leadership to ensure accountability to meet our responsibilities across our value chain. We also support global communities through our philanthropic programs, including contribution matching, employee service days, and outreach services.