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Fortinet’s answer to today’s network challenges

Fortinet A / NZ Regional Director Jon McGettigan explains how SOC as a Service can back up your current SOC team, accelerate deployment, and ensure regulatory compliance.

With the outbreak of COVID, network security has been at the forefront. Reliance on remote network access is more important than ever, as traditional working patterns have been overturned. Digital transformation projects, which can take months to plan, run, and test, were quickly tracked down in the weeks. However, as businesses move their business processes online, the threat of malware, intrusions, data theft, and misconfigurations increases the risk for the entire enterprise.

Your challenge is to quickly track the security ecosystem to respond to digital transformation initiatives without sacrificing protection, productivity, or profitability.

Technology up to the task … What is your strategy?

Fortunately, security technology and delivery mechanisms carry out their mission. The difficulty is matching these features to your requirements.

Legacy security solutions are one obstacle. Adjusting digital requirements to stay within current security constraints simply defeats network services.

A lack of trained staff can also create bottlenecks when planning a digital transformation project. Highly skilled technicians need to design and deploy agile network services and security policies to connect them all together. Also, once security services are deployed, a combination of automated and manual interventions should be monitored and updated.

Compliance puts an additional burden on the SOC (Security Operations Center) team. New Zealand’s new privacy law, Australia’s violation notification law, and the EU’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) for everyone doing business in Europe are causing problems. And, of course, violation notices have been issued by all APRA (Australian Prudential Regulation Authority) regulated agencies since 2008.

Everything that happens on your network should be monitored and documented, anomalous activity should be addressed immediately, damage mitigated, and then reported to the various agencies involved. Needless to say, the board of directors made improvements to see what happened, who was affected and never happened again.

SOC as a service

Fortinet’s partner ecosystem in Australia and New Zealand is ideally located to meet the challenges of network security and digital transformation. Partners can quickly deploy advanced cyber security services (Fortinet Security Fabric) to protect network services regardless of where or how they are hosted, and monitor them to ensure secure network access. You can quickly detect, isolate, and mitigate anomalous activity before it occurs. Serious damage.

Fortinet’s SOCas a Service program complements current teams, protects new network services (DevOps), and develops SOAR (security orchestration, automation and response) and SIEM (security information and event management) capabilities. It provides expertise for rapid fast detection. Move threats and go onboard when new security services such as SASE (Secure Access Services Edge) become available.

Flexibility is the key

SOC as a Service features flexible deployment and payment options. You can work on a particular project first and then “step out” the Fortinet footprint as needed. An additional benefit of Fortinet’s security fabric is the ability to quickly track onboarding of new security services, further reducing operational overhead.

Fortinet’s comprehensive security fabric services are available to ANZ-wide certified partners as appliances, virtual appliances, cloud-based or managed services. SOC as a Service adds layers of expertise to the team, and FortiSOC connects them all to ensure interoperability and a unified defense profile.

Fortinet’s security fabric is backed by FortiGuard Labs’ global constellation, which ensures that defenses are constantly updated with the latest threat intelligence. Fortinet’s R & D efforts also mean that Fortinet protects its network with fully integrated security services, regardless of how the network evolves.

About the author

Jon McGettigan is Fortinet’s Regional Director of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. As such, he is responsible for driving Fortinet’s continued expansion in the region by building and maintaining relationships with companies, partners and staff. As a senior manager, he understands the risks, motivations, and opportunities that IT managers face in transforming their networks into revenue centers in the 21st century.

About Fortinet

Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) protects the largest companies, service providers, and government agencies around the world. Fortinet provides customers with intelligent and seamless protection across an expanding attack surface and the ability to meet the ever-increasing performance requirements of borderless networks now and in the future. Only the Fortinet Security Fabric Architecture can provide security without compromise to address the most important security challenges in network, application, cloud, and mobile environments. Fortinet ranks first in most security appliances shipped worldwide, with over 375,000 customers trusting Fortinet to protect their businesses. For more information, please visit the Fortinet website, the Fortinet blog, or FortiGuard Labs.

Fortinet’s answer to today’s network challenges

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