Securing Financial Services Critical Infrastructure

Protecting Financial Services

Fortinet Solutions for the Financial Services Industry

The financial services sector is a high-value target for hackers, and therefore always under attack. While it’s critical to ensure effective security, financial services must also be able to conduct business in real time—with no network slowdowns given they’ve been deemed critical infrastructure by many governments.

Fortinet solutions are ideally suited for financial institutions, with high-performance, top-rated security backed by the latest threat intelligence from FortiGuard Labs. We consistently earn top scores in independent tests and are recommended by NSS Labs. Flexible deployment options: hardware, virtual, and cloud, coupled with a large range of models, will fit your unique environment.

Fortinet provides broad, high-performance protection against dynamic security threats whether inside the perimeter or outside at branch locations and via mobile devices. Innovation is in Fortinet’s DNA including custom ASIC technology that radically increases throughput 5 to 10 times more than other solutions, a cooperative security fabric that enables protection from endpoint all the way to the cloud, an industry-leading threat intelligence sharing framework, and internal segmentation firewalls.

Our comprehensive security is trusted by the largest financial services institutions around the globe, including 9 out of the 10 largest banks in the world.

Fortinet Financial Services Solutions deliver:

  • The industry's lowest TCO per-protected Mbps
  • Unparalleled independent performance certifications: NSS Labs, ICSA, VB, and Breaking Point
  • Internal segmentation firewalls with multi-gigabit performance for wire-speed internal traffic
  • "Single pane-of-glass" management for unmatched visibility and control

 

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Key areas for security improvement:

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Data center internal segmentation

The inside of the network is flat, usually consisting of non-security-aware devices such as switches, routers, and even bridges. Once inside the network, a hacker, contractor, or even rogue employee has free access to the entire enterprise network including all the valuable assets. The Internal Segmentation Firewall (ISFW) can be deployed in-line for network zoning, delivering high performance to meet the demands of internal or “east-west” traffic.

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Low latency trading infrastructure

Financial Institution trading platforms need low and deterministic latency, sub 10 µs performance with very low jitter.  At the same time, federal regulatory scrutiny is suggesting increased inspection and firewalling even between trusted partners, which traditionally hampered the performance of the trading platform. Fortinet’s solution delivers latency of 1.875 µs for 64-byte packets and 3.875 µs for 1500-byte packets while supporting multicast natively.

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Branch and virtual office

Branch and virtual offices have varying requirements yet all financial services firms are looking to consolidate and simplify IT management. Also, they need to ensure security for antivirus, application control, web filtering, IPS, and endpoint protection. Fortinet’s branch solution offers deployment ease with zero-touch drop shipping in a single FortiGate unit that consolidates security for  AV, malware, spam, filtering, IPS, and DoS and can manage 10,000+ firewall devices.

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Edge security

Enterprise-level edge security requirements have grown beyond the traditional stateful firewall as the threat landscape rapidly changes. It’s now necessary to be able to upgrade on the fly, without major hardware changes. At the same time, deep packet and application inspection to identify advanced persistent threats is required. The FortiGate next generation firewall delivers up to 160 Gbps firewall traffic and antivirus sandbox on the device prevents virus propagation. It has also earned unparalleled independent certifications from NSS Labs, ICSA, VB, and Breaking Point.

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Sandbox and email

According to the latest Verizon Breach Report, 70 to 90 percent of malware samples are unique to an organization and 60 percent of attackers are able to compromise an organization within minutes. FortiSandbox advanced threat protection (ATP) offers inspection of all protocols and functions in one appliance. It can integrate with existing Fortinet infrastructure including FortiGate, FortiMail secure email gateway, and FortiClient endpoint protection, fueling a security ecosystem that automatically protects, learns, and improves overall threat protection.

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Virtualization and cloud security

As financial services institutions seek greater speed and flexibility in how they deliver applications and services via virtualization and cloud computing, security needs to keep pace. FortiGate virtual appliances are fully interoperable with VMware, OpenStack, and Cisco. They are also available for AWS and Microsoft Azure. You can save time and reduce complexity with one solution that can be managed across hardware, virtual, and cloud workloads.