Public Cloud Security Use Cases:
Security in the cloud is intended to increase the organizations confidence to deploy applications in the cloud and by such improve overall organizational agility and ability to respond to market demand. By leveraging Fortinet’s Security Fabric solutions to deploy use case driven security capabilities, organizations benefit from market leading security with streamlined management functionality. Following is a set of common deployment scenarios of Fortinet’s Security Fabric:
SaaS Visibility and Control
Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) application usage is often unregulated and unsecure. A lack of visibility and control on SaaS applications usage heightens risk.
FortiCASB-SaaS leverages the SaaS application API to monitor all SaaS activity and configuration of multiple SaaS services.
FortiCASB-SaaS provides centralized, detailed visibility on all SaaS applications usage. This enables organizations to implement uniform application control and security policies, protect their sensitive data against advanced threats, and support security compliance and governance.
- Organizations gain full visibility over usage of SaaS applications including their potential to spread malware or leak data
- Provides full support for major SaaS applications such as Salesforce.com, Microsoft Office 365, etc.
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Cloud Infrastructure Visibility and Control
As cloud use increases, so does the likelihood of misconfiguration. Analysts estimate that by 2023, misconfiguration will cause 99% of cloud-related risk, leading to disrupted services and unexpected costs.
FortiCWP leverages the public cloud management API to monitor activity and configuration of multiple cloud resources. It continuously evaluates configurations across regions and public cloud types, and provides consistent visibility. The solution simplifies regulatory compliance violation reporting, and enhances compliance by providing guidance on security best practices. It also offers threat and risk management tools that help trace misconfigurations to their source.
- Consistent compliance reporting across multiple clouds
- Dynamic cloud heat map and threat maps
- Streamlined incident investigation
Compliance in the Cloud
For many organizations, it is a time consuming burden to achieve compliance with PCI DSS, HIPPA, SOX, GDPR, and other regulation mandates.
FortiCWP aggregates and organizes security information from multiple cloud services and API’s into meaningful compliance reports and live compliance dashboards.
FortiSIEM provides a broader view of compliance across multiple clouds, Fortinet Security Fabric products and third-party products. It can create compliance reports at the push of a button.
FortiAnalyzer collects logs from Fortinet Security Fabric elements, and FortiManager enables changes to be audited, reviewed, approved, and implemented. Together, they close the loop on compliance gap mitigation. All systems support automated processes to facilitate compliance policy management and workflow, reducing risk when policies are changed.
Automated compliance auditing and reporting for on-premises and cloud environments.
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Cloud-Based Security Management and Analytics
Using legacy management tools alongside new technologies creates complex incompatibilities, especially when seeking to manage from the cloud.
Leverage the multi-regional and global presence of top cloud infrastructure providers to deploy centralized and global security management and analytics systems in the cloud. FortiManager-VM, FortiAnalyzer-VM, and FortiSIEM-VM can all be deployed in the cloud to scale and globalize.
- Centralized, unified security management and visibility
- Enhanced audit and compliance reporting
- Faster incident response
- Improved operational and cost efficiency, reducing risk
- Increased ability to automate security management
Web Application Security
Commonly cloud-based applications are using web services to communicate internally as well as outwards. Such applications are vulnerable to various threats and the organizations operating these applications are often required to meet compliance requirements.
Fortinet offers a variety of web application security solutions that are ideally suited for cloud-based customers. FortiWeb-VM, a purpose-built industry-leading web application firewall offered on all major cloud platforms, secures web services application programming interfaces (APIs), as well as front-end web applications to protect from known and unknown threats. Through integration with FortiWeb, FortiGate-VMs centrally enforce security policies and provide increased visibility. FortiCloud Sandbox Service performs dynamic analysis to identify previously unknown malware.
- Provide centralized protection for web applications
- Enhance regulatory compliance for applications
- Deploy API-specific security packages
- Automate threat responses with the Fortinet Security Fabric: FortiWeb detects threats and FortiGate blocks them
Logical (Intent-based) Segmentation
Segmenting cloud environments is challenging because dynamic provisioning results in constantly changing IP addresses. Network segmentation based on static IP address rules is therefore ineffective.
FortiGate-VMs provide intent-based segmentation, which builds access rules and segments based on user identity or business logic, and adjusts rules dynamically in response to a continuous trust assessment. FortiGate-VMs leverage metadata or tags associated with cloud-based resources across multiple clouds as an element in enforcing security policies. As a result, they intuitively define which workloads and elements in the cloud are allowed to communicate with other workloads and elements, whether they are inside or outside the cloud.
- Able to dynamically adjust security policies based on logical roles of resources, accommodating the fluidity of changes
- Effectively blocks lateral attack movement and is able to inspect north-south and east-west traffic
Teams need to be able to rapidly develop modular applications in containers, whether on-premises, in the cloud, or within an orchestration tool such as Kubernetes. In addition, each application needs consistent protection against threats.
Fortinet’s container security solution is divided to four complementary areas of protection. Container-aware security with the FortiGate cloud connector enables awareness of container labels when defining security policies. Container-enabled security with FortiWeb as a container image can be bundled within an application chain. Container-integrated security allows a Fortinet solution to be dynamically integrated into Kubernetes clusters and inserted in the application chain. Container registry security with FortiSandbox scans pulled, pre-configured container images for zero-day threats.
- Enable security for all stages of container deployment and rollout
- Support faster development with security elements built-in
As organizations increasingly outsource the IT management aspect of productivity and email applications, the visibility and control over these applications is reduced. Security teams need the ability to provide consistent purpose-built security across multi-cloud environments.
The combination of FortiMail, FortiSandbox, and FortiCASB-SaaS provides critical capabilities when securing Microsoft Office 365. The Fortinet Security Fabric enables deep visibility into email for protection from zero-day threats and monitoring the Office 365 application programming interface (API) layer.
- Consistent on cloud / off cloud security
- Strong authentication, email security and cloud visibility
Cloud Workload Protection
Applications being built in or migrated to the cloud need to be protected against traditional internet-originated threats, as well as from new threats that propagate across workloads and are introduced via application programming interfaces (APIs).
The combination of inline protection for north-south traffic, host-based protection for east-west traffic, and protection for cloud API and configuration risks offers the tightest security solution for the cloud. Leverage FortiGate-VM to protect your virtual cloud networks from internet-originated threats as well as providing inter-cloud secure connectivity. Extend security within the cloud by using FortiClient on VMs, assuring compliance and connectivity. FortiCWP protects from unwanted or unsupervised configurations at the cloud-account level.
- Enables centralized, standardized security policy management for IaaS deployments from the inside-out at the workload level, at the network level, and at the API level
- Provides single-pane-of-glass visibility with FortiAnalyzer
Secure Hybrid Cloud
Security posture is often inconsistent between data centers and clouds, leading to poor network visibility and complex security management. Connectivity needs to be protected between cloud environments and data centers.
FortiGate next-generation firewall (NGFW) and cloud security solutions offer best-of-breed secure connectivity, network segmentation, and application security for hybrid-cloud-based deployments. They provide centralized, consistent security policy enforcement and connect through a high-speed VPN tunnel. FortiGate-VMs deployed in the public cloud can securely communicate and share consistent policies with FortiGate NGFWs of any form factor provisioned in a private data center.
- High-speed virtual private network (VPN) connections protect data without compromising performance
- Security policies enforced consistently across all environments
- Single-pane-of-glass management
Cloud Security Services Hub
When teams develop applications in separate virtual networks and clouds, there is no centralized security management, making it challenging to secure the resulting applications and separate environments.
Security teams looking to unify disparate environments need a central security services hub, or transit network. The hub splits security from application development to provide centralized, shared, and consistent security enforcement. It also securely connects networks, locations, clouds, and data centers. Additionally, it analyzes and enforces security polices on inbound and outbound traffic between cloud and the internet.
- Security enforced consistently across all networks
- Secure connections enforced between locations
- Teams can develop security solutions autonomously without waiting for security policies to be applied, reducing risk
Secure Remote Access
Organizations need global, on-demand, secure access to cloud resources. Traditional remote access VPNs, however, cannot meet these requirements.
Security teams need configuration templates that enable secure remote access termination in the cloud. Then, they can dynamically provision FortiGate-VM instances that are pre-configured with these templates globally. This enables mobile workforces, customers, and business partners to connect to the virtual organization network. It also connects the cloud network to business applications through VPN tunnels, whether deployed in the cloud or on-premises.
- Low-latency, always-on connectivity to business applications through closest entry point into the network
- Consistent user experience regardless of application location
- Global high availability design eliminates impact of network single point of failure