Fortinet Accelerate 2017 Delivers the Security Fabric Buzz

by Josh Applebaum

January 16, 2017

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I had the pleasure of attending the Fortinet Accelerate 2017 conference last week in Las Vegas. This year marked the second time Ziften has sponsored Fortinet’s annual Global Partner Conference, and we couldn’t have been more thrilled to be there! The energy at the show was palpable, and I don’t attribute any of that to the energy drinks you always see people carrying around in Las Vegas. I can attribute the buzz and energy to a key theme I saw (and heard) throughout the week: the Fortinet Security Fabric.

The premise of Fortinet’s Security Fabric is simple: take the disparate security “point products” that an organization has deployed, and interweave them to leverage the deep intelligence each product has in their own area of security to provide a combined end-to-end security blanket over the entire organization. Though Fortinet is typically thought of as a network security company, their approach to providing a complete security solution spans beyond the traditional network to include endpoints, IoT devices, as well as the cloud. By exposing APIs to the Fabric-Ready partners as well as enabling the exchange of actionable threat intelligence, Fortinet is opening the door for a more collaborative strategy across the entire security industry.

It is refreshing to see that Fortinet has the same beliefs as we have at Ziften, which is that the only way that we as an industry are going to catch up to (and surpass) the attackers is through integration and collaboration across all areas of security, regardless of which vendor provides each component of the overall solution. This is not a problem we are going to solve on our own, but rather one that will be solved through a combined approach like the one laid out by Fortinet with their Security Fabric. Ziften is proud to be a founding member of Fortinet’s Fabric-Ready Alliance program, combining our unique approach to endpoint security with Fortinet’s “think different” mentality of what it means to integrate and collaborate.

Throughout the week, Fortinet’s (very passionate) channel partners had the opportunity to walk the show floor to see the integrated solutions offered by the various technology partners. Ziften showcased our integrations with Fortinet, including the integration of our solution with Fortinet’s FortiSandbox. The Ziften solution collects unknown files from endpoints (clients or servers running Windows, OS X, or Linux) and submits them to the FortiSandbox for detenation and analysis. Results are automatically fed back into Ziften for alerting, reporting, and (if enabled) automated mitigation actions.

It was exciting to see that the Fortinet channel partners clearly got the value of a Security Fabric approach. It was clear to them, as well as Ziften, that the Security Fabric is not a marketing gimmick, but rather a real strategy put together by, and led by, Fortinet. While this is only the beginning of Fortinet’s Security Fabric story, Ziften is excited to collaborate with Fortinet and watch the story continue to unfold!