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Fortinet Security Fabric

The industry’s highest-performing cybersecurity mesh platform, powered by FortiOS

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Why Today’s Enterprises Require a Security Fabric

As organizations accelerate their digital innovation initiatives, ensuring their security can keep up with today’s complex and fast-evolving threat landscape is critical. What used to be known as the “network perimeter” is now splintered across the infrastructure due to the explosion of network edges, work from anywhere, and multi-cloud models.

It’s common for organizations to “bolt on” disparate security tools to protect a function or one segment of the network in isolation. However, this practice makes maintaining organization-wide visibility and consistent policy enforcement next to impossible. As attack sequences get more complex and innovative, organizations struggle to deliver the expected secure high-performing user-to-application connection.



The Fortinet Security Fabric

The Fortinet Security Fabric is the industry’s highest-performing cybersecurity platform, powered by FortiOS, with a rich open ecosystem. It spans the extended digital attack surface and cycle, enabling self-healing security and networking to protect devices, data, and applications.

The Fabric is Built on Three Key Attributes

 

 

Broad

Reduce risk and manage the entire digital attack surface

Our broad portfolio enables coordinated threat detection and policy enforcement across the entire digital attack surface and lifecycle with converged networking and security across edges, clouds, endpoints, and users.

 

 

Integrated

Close the security gaps and reduce complexity

Integrated and unified security, operations, and performance across different technologies, locations, and deployments enables complete visibility. It also tightens security of all form factors including hardware appliances, virtual machines, cloud-delivered, and X-as-a-Service. Fabric-ready Partner products are included in the Fabric ecosystem.

 

 

Automated

Faster time to prevention and efficient operations

A context aware, self-healing network and security posture leverages cloud-scale and advanced AI to automatically deliver near-real-time, user-to-application coordinated protection across the Fabric.

Can Fortinet Security Fabric Deliver Future-proof Security Solutions Similar to Cybersecurity Mesh?

As networks and systems become more complex and distributed, many organizations use disparate security solutions to detect and respond to security threats. This approach complicates device and user management, impacts visibility, and severely limits organizations' ability to respond to security events.

According to IBM Security, the modern enterprise deploys, on average, 45 different security solutions across their various networks. Managing these solutions centrally is a difficult task—detecting and issuing a coordinated response to a threat even more so. This lack of a centralized cybersecurity approach creates the perfect storm for cyber criminals hunting for security gaps, technological complexities, and silos to exploit. 

Need for Cybersecurity Mesh and Similar Advanced Security Solutions

As employees and customers connect to networks from remote locations and new devices, many organizations have begun implementing zero-trust access approaches, with the mindset of trusting nobody and verifying everything. However, zero trust has to be extended across all assets, regardless of location and device. This is where cybersecurity mesh protection comes in.

Gartner has named its cybersecurity mesh architecture (CSMA) as one of the top strategic technology trends for 2022. It says organizations adopting cybersecurity mesh as part of their collaborative ecosystems will reduce financial losses from cybersecurity attacks by 90%.

Are Fortinet Security Fabric and Cybersecurity Mesh Two Sides of the Same Coin?

Gartner’s insight around CSMA may sound like a new initiative, but this type of protection has existed for more than a decade through the Fortinet Security Fabric. 

Fortinet has long recommended the need for broad, integrated, and automated cybersecurity mesh platforms that reduce complexity and enhance overall security effectiveness. This is truer than ever with the growing prevalence of remote working, which requires organizations to blend various solutions across distributed home offices, campuses, data center assets, and cloud-based applications.

A trustworthy cybersecurity mesh platform eradicates technology and vendor silos by enabling an open ecosystem of partners. Again, Fortinet is well ahead of the game with the Fortinet Security Fabric, which integrates and interoperates with more than 450 third-party technology partners. This provides organizations with the flexibility to select the right solutions and preserves their existing technology investments.

Key Features of Fortinet Security Fabric and Cybersecurity Mesh

Fortinet Security Fabric and cybersecurity mesh are similar philosophies that enable organizations to take a more distributed approach to securing their entire IT environments.

Cybersecurity Mesh

A CSMA encourages organizations to adopt and deploy solutions that fit their specific needs. It enables them to share intelligence, automate and coordinate responses, and simplify operations across their ecosystems. By implementing a CSMA, organizations can shift from an approach that uses legacy, standalone solutions to an integrated cybersecurity system that combines "best of breed" tools.

Cybersecurity mesh takes a composable and scalable approach to extending organizations' security controls across their entire IT environment. It offers greater flexibility, which is especially suited to hybrid and multicloud architectures, and encourages more resilient security ecosystems. That is because a cybersecurity mesh enables security tools to interoperate across several layers, including identity fabric, policy management, and security intelligence, as opposed to working and running in a silo.

Furthermore, cybersecurity mesh provides a foundation from which an organization's devices and users can securely connect to their various applications, communication channels, and resources. It protects all of the organization's digital assets, regardless of whether data and systems are stored on the cloud, in data centers, or on-premises. 

This approach allows organizations to enjoy a more consistent security posture, increased agility, and integrated services and tools. And this is vital as organizations increasingly take advantage of new digital initiatives and trends like advanced analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), the cloud, and the Internet of Things (IoT)

Fortinet Security Fabric

Fortinet Security Fabric is perfectly positioned to address the complex challenges organizations now face. It provides an extensive portfolio of over 50 networking and security technologies that share threat intelligence, correlate data, and automatically respond to security threats as one coordinated system. 

Fortinet Security Fabric delivers critical benefits that help organizations secure their increasingly complex environments, including:

  1. Deep visibility into their IT environments, including across all network edges
  2. Centralized management of all distributed networking, security, and technology solutions
  3. Consistent and automated enforcement of security policies
  4. Access to real-time and anonymized threat intelligence from around the world
  5. Third-party integrations for improved protection against known, unknown, and emerging security threats
  6. Automated and actionable responses to security threats across hybrid environments


Fortinet's cybersecurity mesh solution enables organizations to adopt and embrace an integrated approach to digital acceleration. It helps them reduce complexity, simplify their operations, and enhance their security effectiveness with a tried-and-tested solution that has more than a decade of success.

Reinforcing Your Security Posture with a Cybersecurity Mesh Approach

As digital transformation continues to top organizations' list of priorities, they face an increased risk of cyberattacks and data breaches. Organizations can no longer consider security in terms of protecting their physical boundaries or assume that standalone tools like firewalls will keep their data, devices, and users secure. 

Traditional approaches to identity and security architecture are no longer sufficient to meet the needs of modern applications. Indeed, the distributed, rapidly growing digital landscape places complex demands on existing architectures, which results in them becoming overly fragmented. As a result, organizations see their security risk and operational overheads increase, and their ability to make good risk decisions diminish. 

For example, current identity and security deployments are composed of multiple tools from various vendors that often are not fully integrated or only loosely authenticated. To deploy these tools securely, organizations often have to operate multiple policy administration points, manage separate dashboards, and maintain various ad-hoc integrations. The complexity is increased further when the organization introduces new tools and when new security risks are discovered.

Adopting a cybersecurity mesh approach removes the risks associated with this lack of integration and improves usability for administrators and users.  CSMA helps organizations implement an integrated security posture and structure that protects all of their assets, regardless of their location. 

CSMA ensures that all standalone security tools can work together and complement each other. It also standardizes the way that these tools interconnect. For example, CSMA centralizes an organization's policy management and moves control points closer to the assets that they protect.

Now that applications, data, devices, and users operate outside the traditional data center and office, organizations' security defenses need to replicate that shift. That means putting in place automated, broad, and integrated cybersecurity defenses to reduce complexity, simplify operations, and increase visibility.

Fortinet Security Fabric's cybersecurity mesh approach can deliver the security defenses necessary to keep pace with the increasingly complex and rapidly evolving modern threat landscape. Fortinet has been spearheading the need for automated, broad, integrated cybersecurity mesh platforms to help organizations increase security effectiveness across their entire IT environment. 

Security Fabric enables organizations to solve their cybersecurity challenges across four key pillars:

The Key Pillars of the Fortinet Security Fabric

One operating system drives the Fortinet Security Fabric, which supports more deployment models than any other solution. These include physical, virtual, cloud, and X-as-a-Service environments. And it encompasses the industry’s broadest ecosystem and product portfolio, spanning endpoints, networks, and clouds.

network security

Security-Driven Networking

Security-Driven Networking enables digital innovation with the convergence of networking and security into a single, integrated system that can expand to any edge.

Fortinet was named a Leader in both the November 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls and the September 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure. Our FortiGate next-generation firewall is the single product that achieved Leader status in both reports.

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multi-cloud security

Zero Trust Access

Fortinet Zero Trust Access (ZTA) supports taking a zero-trust approach, verifying who and what is on your network. With the new updates in FortiOS 7.0 every FortiGate customer using the FortiClient Agent can now employ zero trust network access (ZTNA) capabilities right out of the box. Management is simplified by using the same adaptive, application access policy whether users are on or off the network.

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multi-cloud security

Adaptive Cloud

Consistent, cloud native security with auto-scaling is provided across and within multi-cloud environments. Adaptive Cloud Security allows for effective usage of resources with auto-scaling, dynamic load-balancing, and application user experience visibility. In addition, our context-aware policy is extended into these environments providing coordinated threat response via integration with FortiGuard AI-powered security services.

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Fabric-level Functions

network operations

Fortinet Fabric Management Center

The Fabric Management Center enables centralized management, network automation and orchestration, and Security Fabric Analytics. A unified console across networks, endpoints, and clouds improves efficiency, reduces risk, and lowers total cost of ownership.

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endpoint protection

FortiGuard Security Services

The FortiGuard security services portfolio includes comprehensive, advanced security capabilities for networks, content, users, devices, access, and applications. FortiGuard services deliver near-real-time protection by constantly analyzing real-world threat data from over 5.6 million sensors deployed globally. Advanced AI is used to identify abnormalities and suspicious patterns, as well as generate new protections that are automatically distributed to the Fabric. This ensures timely and coordinated protection across the attack lifecycle.

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application security

Open Ecosystem

The Fabric can be extended across organizations via seamless integration with diverse Fabric-Ready Partner solutions. Enabling a broad ecosystem minimizes gaps in enterprise security architectures while maximizing security return on investment (ROI). And this can all be administered with a single management console.

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