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Making Cybersecurity Mesh Architecture A Reality With Fortinet Security Fabric

Protect your organisation with Fortinet’s highest-performing integrated cybersecurity mesh platform. Learn more at the Fortinet at the Secure Operational Technology Summit on 7 April 2022.

Article by Whyte Zheng, Regional Product Marketing Manager, Asia at Fortinet

Why the World Needs it

Remote operation has been a most recent example of the rapid expansion of network attack surface. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the development of the work-from-anywhere (WFA) strategy.

Conventional approaches to identity and security architecture can no longer well satisfy modern applications. Indeed, the distributed, rapidly growing digital landscape brings great complexity to existing architectures, making such architectures over-fragmented. As a result, organisations see their security risk and operational overheads increase, and their ability to make good decisions against risk diminish.

Need for Cybersecurity Mesh and Similar Advanced Security Solutions

As networks and systems are getting more complex and diversely distributed, many organisations use disparate security solutions to detect and respond to security threats. This approach complicates device and user management, impacts visibility, and severely restrains organisations response to security events.

If anything has become clear, it’s evident that today’s complex approach to security has nearly reached its limits in terms of scalability and adaptability to today’s highly dynamic and rapidly expanding digital environments. In fact, recently, Gartner just named the integration of security tools into a cybersecurity mesh architecture (CSMA) as a trend for 2022. It says that organisations applying cybersecurity mesh in their collaborative ecosystems will reduce financial losses out of cybersecurity attacks by 90 percent.

Cybersecurity mesh architecture is a composable and scalable approach to extending security controls, even to widely distributed assets. Its flexibility is especially suitable for increasingly modular approaches consistent with hybrid multicloud architectures. CSMA enables a more composable, flexible and resilient security ecosystem. With every security tool running not in a silo, a cybersecurity mesh enables tools to interoperate through several supportive layers, with functions such as consolidated policy management, security intelligence and identity fabric.

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

Gartner’s insight in CSMA may sound like a new initiative, but such protection has been there for more than a decade with 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 organisations to blend various solutions across distributed home offices, campuses, data center assets, and cloud-based applications.

Fortinet’s market-leading defense strategy starts with the Fortinet Security Fabric. It is designed to address the dynamic security challenges faced by those organisations adopting digital innovation initiatives — including today’s expanded digital attack surface, advanced threats, and increased infrastructure complexity. It is also designed to cater for growing performance and scalability requirements.

Powered by FortiOS, the Fabric is the highest-performing integrated cybersecurity mesh platform in the industry with the broadest open ecosystem for all cybersecurity mesh architectures (CSMA). The Fabric enables consistent security across the extended digital attack surface and deployments. Seamless interoperability, complete visibility, and granular control are now possible for hybrid deployments, including hardware, software, and X-as-a-Service across networks, endpoints, and clouds.

FortiGuard Labs provides the threat intelligence foundation for all Fortinet Security Fabric components, keeping them up to date with the latest threat identification and protection information available.

For over a decade, Fortinet has spearheaded the doctrine that a broad, integrated, and automated security platform is essential for reducing complexity and increasing overall security effectiveness. To achieve this, Fortinet has integrated its CSMA strategy across its broad solutions portfolio, making the Fortinet Security Fabric the industry’s highest-performing cybersecurity mesh platform.

Authority Recognition by Customers, Markets and Authorities

Fortinet’s Open Fabric Ecosystem is one of the largest cybersecurity ecosystems in the industry, consisting of Fabric-Ready technology alliance partners, collaboration with threat-sharing organisations, and other Fabric integrations. It provides integrated security solutions with the Security Fabric for customers to attain advanced end-to-end security across their digital infrastructure.

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

Based on the Fortinet Security Fabric, Fortinet has been recognised by Gartner for many years. Fortinet was also among the four Gartner Magic Quadrants with both Network Firewalls and WAN Edge Infrastructure in the Leaders quadrant in 2021. Fortinet has also been nominated in 18 Gartner annual reports for their outstanding performance in various fields. Among them, 10 reports of Fortinet are listed in the Gartner market guide, which also indicates that Fortinet is widely recognised by customers, the market and third-party authorities.

What’s more, Fortinet is delivering on the convergence of not just cybersecurity products, but the convergence of security and networking – what we’d like to call “security-driven networking” – by pioneering innovations such as Secure SD-WAN in the industry.

With a Fortinet Security Fabric architecture in place, organisations gain the confidence and benefits by a broad mesh platform with a proven track record of worldwide deployments over 10 years.

Join Fortinet at the Secure Operational Technology Summit 2022 – APAC

On 7 April 2022, hear from CISOs, Asset Owners, Industrial Control System (ICS) vendors, IDC and Fortinet experts online during a virtual conference where we will discuss how organisations deal with the uncertainties of the continuing pandemic and how you can build cyber resilience to protect your digitalisation plan. This year’s Fortinet OT Summit has been tailored for Asia Pacific, with different start times to cater to attendees across different timezones in South East Asia and Hong Kong, India & SAARC and ANZ regions. With 6 keynotes, 2 panel discussions and 5 on-demand sessions in the Technology Track covering ransomware disruptions, supply chain breaches, securing remote access and strategic implementations for ICS (industrial control systems) security – the Fortinet OT Summit APAC provides a forum for knowledge-sharing to the theme, Building Cyber Resilience in a Digital-First World.

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