Chuck Leaver – The Security Fabric Buzz Delivered At Fortinet Accelerate 2017

Written By Josh Applebaum And Presented By Ziften CEO Chuck Leaver

The Fortinet Accelerate 2017 conference was held recently in Las Vegas. Ziften has sponsored Fortinet’s annual International Partner Conference for the 2nd time, and it was a pleasure to be in attendance! The energy at the program was palpable, and this was not due to the energy beverages you always see people carting around in Las Vegas. The buzz and energy was contributed by a key theme the entire week: the Fortinet Security Fabric.

The premise of Fortinet’s Security Fabric is simple: take the disparate security “point items” that an organization has actually released, and interweave them to leverage the deep intelligence each item has in their own security vault to supply a combined end-to-end security blanket over the whole organization. Though Fortinet is normally thought of as a network security business, their method to supplying a complete security service spans more than the conventional network to include endpoints, IoT devices, along with the cloud. By exposing APIs to the Fabric Ready partners in addition to enabling the exchange of actionable risk intelligence, Fortinet is opening the door for a more collective strategy throughout the entire security market.

It is refreshing to see that Fortinet has the very same beliefs as those held by Ziften, which is that the only way that we as a market are going to reach (and surpass) the enemies is through combination and cooperation throughout all reaches of security, despite which supplier offers each part of the total service. This is not a problem we are going to solve on our own, but rather one that will be resolved through a combined technique like the one laid out by Fortinet with their Security Fabric. Ziften is proud to be an establishing member of Fortinet’s Fabric-Ready Alliance program, integrating our special technique to endpoint security with Fortinet’s “think different” mindset of what it means to incorporate and work together.

Throughout the week, Fortinet’s (really passionate) channel partners had the chance to walk the program floor to see the incorporated services provided by the various innovation partners. Ziften showcased our combinations with Fortinet, containing the combination of our solution with Fortinet’s FortiSandbox.

The Ziften service collects unidentified files from endpoints (clients or servers running OS X, Linux or Windows) and sends them to the FortiSandbox for detonation and analysis. Outcomes are immediately fed back into Ziften for alerting, reporting, and (if possible) automated mitigation actions.

It was amazing to see that the Fortinet channel partners plainly got the worth of a Security Fabric technique. It was clear to them, in addition to Ziften, that the Security Fabric is not a marketing trick, however rather a real strategy assembled by, and led by, Fortinet. While this is only the start of Fortinet’s Security Fabric story, Ziften is excited to collaborate with Fortinet and see the story continue to unfold!

 

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