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What Is a Fabric of Security

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A fabric of security is a combination of several threads of different security technologies all woven together to provide robust, comprehensive protection of an organization’s digital assets. Like a fabric, it is flexible and can be tailored to suit the needs of different types of organizations and solve a wide range of cybersecurity challenges.

Need for a Security Fabric

A security fabric provides unique protection because instead of being forced to overly rely on one or two solutions, an organization gets the protection of several at the same time. Also, because solutions are intertwined, they can be centrally operated and optimized, reducing the people-hours and effort needed to make the security strategy work.

Fabric of Security Technologies

A security fabric is structured using multiple technologies and deployment infrastructures. This makes it a viable solution for a wider variety of digital environments.

Fabric Management Center

With a fabric management center, an administrator can deploy and control critical resources such as network orchestration and automation, as well as security analytics that can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the solution. With a unified console, it is easier to make universal—and granular—tweaks to your fabric of cyber defense tools.

Open Fabric Ecosystem

You can also extend the fabric across multiple organizations using partnership solutions. In this way, you cut down on the number of gaps you have in your security environments while simultaneously getting the most out of your investment.

Cloud Infrastructure

When dealing with multi-cloud environments, your security needs to be both cloud-native and scalable. With a cybersecurity fabric, you get a cloud-native solution that scales automatically according to your cloud infrastructure. The flexibility this affords you is a primary benefit of a security fabric. When powered by a central threat intelligence system, a cloud-based security fabric provides the latest threat intel to all assets protected by the system.

Opérations de sécurité

Information systems infrastructure benefits from fabric of security architecture because it centralizes your security operations, making their control and optimization more straightforward and less labor-intensive. With multiple security operations woven into a single security fabric architecture, it is easier to:

  1. Discern which tools will best protect certain assets on your network
  2. Put intentional redundancies in place to bolster your defenses
  3. Coordinate mitigation steps in the event of an attack or breach

Protection des endpoints

Endpoint protection is central to a security fabric because the more secure your endpoints, the smaller your attack surface. Each endpoint needs a security fabric connection, which will ensure that the endpoint is safe and the network is protected from the endpoint if it is compromised.

Secure WLAN/LAN

A security fabric protects your wireless local-area networks (WLANs) and local-area networks (LANs) because these are the focal points of many kinds of attacks. Further, when your WLANs and LANs are shielded from cyber criminals, you protect both your organization and those who connect to your networks. Even a virtual private network (VPN), when incorporated for remote workers or others, needs to be supported by a comprehensive security solution as an extra layer of protection.

Accès au réseau

Limiting network access, as well as ensuring those who need to connect to certain assets are able to, is a foundational element of your network’s functionality. This can be supported by a fabric of security because you can incorporate zero-trust access (ZTA). ZTA works on the premise of "never trust, always verify," which ensures users and devices obtain proper authentication before connecting.

What Are FOSA and FOSA Architecture?

FOSA, which stands for fabric of security architecture, was designed to provide a combination of security technologies, connecting them using distributed processing and clustering algorithms to protect a corporation's entire attack surface. This would allow it to replace standalone solutions with more limited protection features. A FOSA system is also able to protect itself from attacks or from being disabled.

FOSA architecture consists of five levels:

  1. Level 0: Security sensors that detect potentially harmful events
  2. Level 1: Event generator that filters data from the sensors and implements security actions
  3. Level 2: Host manager/secure node that analyzes threats, manages countermeasures, and ensures the system has integrity, is available, and is trustworthy
  4. Level 3: Distributed threat intelligence manager/engine, which guarantees each system has a reliable trust domain and incorporates a threat intelligence engine
  5. Level 4: Logging, presentation, countermeasures level, which presents threats, engages remediation steps, and reconfigures and logs services to facilitate the optimization process

How Fortinet Can Help

The Fortinet Security Fabric is powered by FortiOS and the following features:

  1. Adaptive cloud security
  2. Zero-trust access controls
  3. Fabric management center
  4. Open ecosystem
  5. Security-driven networking
  6. FortiGuard threat intelligence

With this complete security ecosystem, you can manage your entire attack surface, minimize risk, integrate various protective measures across your environment to close security gaps, and automate your security to save time and resources.

FAQs

What is a fabric of security?

A fabric of security is a combination of several threads of different security technologies all woven together to provide robust, comprehensive protection of an organization’s digital assets.

What is security fabric connection?

Security fabric connection refers to the interconnectivity of all elements of your digital infrastructure, as well as a full suite of security tools, interlacing your technologies and the tools that keep them safe.

Why do today's enterprises require a security fabric?

A security fabric provides unique protection because instead of being forced to overly rely on one or two solutions, an organization gets the protection of several at the same time. Also, because solutions are intertwined, they can be centrally operated and optimized, reducing the people-hours and effort needed to make the security strategy work.