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Modern data centers are pushing the limits of network performance to keep up with growing demand; their security solutions can’t be bottlenecks. It was only a few short years ago that Gigabit LAN and WAN connections were the standard for speed and performance. In 2013, however, as the SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS markets began to explode, shipments of 100G equipment quadrupled. 1G and 10G still dominated the market then, but we began to see a substantial shift towards much faster core network speeds. As the chart below from Crehan Research shows,... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  Mar 24, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Next up in the Layered Security series is the Device layer. If you haven’t been following this series, you can catch up by either reading my other blog posts (using the link above), or by checking out the PDF version, which contains all articles that have been written up to this point. The Device Layer While wired networks certainly have their own challenges (many of the precautions here are applicable to wired devices), it is wireless that really changed this layer’s landscape. The biggest change that came with wireless... [Read More]
by RSS Victoria Martin  |  Jan 28, 2015  |  Filed in: Security Q & A
The FortiGate Cookbook website, found at cookbook.fortinet.com, was launched at the end of 2014. You can now enjoy the Cookbook, and all its step-by-step recipes for using a FortiGate, in a whole new way. If you want to jump right to the website, go right ahead and use the link above. But if you'd like to learn more first, check out the following video website walkthrough:   As you can see in the video, the Cookbook website offers a number of great features to help you accomplish your networking goals, such as: Videos... [Read More]
by RSS Victoria Martin  |  Jan 28, 2015  |  Filed in:
Actually, at Fortinet it's called a cookbook. And yes, it's pretty thick. I hate manuals. When I put together IKEA furniture, I only break out their cryptic pictogram instructions as a last resort. And when I get new hardware in my hands, the manual only comes out when I break something. Which I tend to do. What good is tinkering if you can’t break something and then fix it, right? So, not surprisingly, I glanced at the quickstart guide when Fortinet sent me a FortiGate 90D-POE NGFW and FortiAP thin access point to test... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  Jan 16, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
In this entry of the layered security series, we look at layer 3, the network layer. The network layer Network layer security focuses on external threats that are able to bypass the firewall layer. Your FortiGate has two main features that deal with these threats: the Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) and Denial of Service (DoS) protection. What are IPS and DoS protection? IPS protects your network by actively seeking and blocking external threats before they can reach your network devices. These attacks are able to bypass the firewall because... [Read More]
by RSS Victoria Martin  |  Nov 22, 2014  |  Filed in: Security Q & A
Ok, it’s not as sexy as unboxing the latest iDevice, but I’m pretty excited about the new Fortinet equipment that just arrived today. Unboxing blogs and videos are rarely anything to get excited about. A reviewer showing off a new toy that a manufacturer sends out to generate some buzz or the latest bit of kit that us geeks just can’t refrain from sharing as soon as that big white truck arrives at our door isn't anything new. My wife calls them nerdy stripteases. I can’t say she’s wrong, but here I go with what may be the nerdiest unboxing... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  Nov 18, 2014  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
At Fortinet we work hard every single day to build solutions that deliver world-class security with unparalleled value. Our teams of engineers, developers and specialists located across the globe work tirelessly to improve our current products and bring new technologies to market. The world of network security is one that continues to expand and grow at a break neck pace. More and more people are becoming aware of the importance of security with what seems to be a never ending torrent of news about massive credit card thefts, breaches, and security... [Read More]
by RSS Stefanie Hoffman  |  Sep 29, 2014  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Today we announced the availability of the first firewall to cross the 1 Terabit per second threshold. That's 1 trillion bits, or 1 with 12 zero's after it (1,000,000,000,000). But why is it needed now and why is it important? The way we do business has changed, and the threat landscape along with it. Mobile computing, public and private cloud services, social media, everything-as-a-Service, and Big Data. These trends mean the firewall cannot become a bottleneck, and the bar has to constantly be raised higher and higher. The new FortiGate-5144C... [Read More]
by RSS Tamir Hardof  |  Jul 23, 2014  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
It's time for part two of our look at firewalls, as we continue our series on layered security. The first part can be found here. Firewall Policies: How to Build a Better Policy As networks become more advanced, so do the demands placed upon your firewall. As such, it is equally important to know how to make a firewall policy work, and to make it work well. Improve Your Design Just because a firewall policy works doesn't mean that it's design is perfect. Since firewalls play such a key role in keeping your network secure, it's important to... [Read More]
by RSS Victoria Martin  |  Jul 11, 2014  |  Filed in: Security Q & A
If you're a small to mid-size Enterprise, you have seen the headlines about increasingly advanced, and targeted, attacks but you may not be sure how to protect your network and data. Or you might be thinking you're too small to attract targeted attacks. Or even if you may be a target you think you can't afford to deploy Next Generation Firewalls. Today, Fortinet announced the availability of the new FortiGate-300D and 500D. These new models extend our top-rated NGFW line, setting a new level in affordability and threat protection with 5x Next Generation... [Read More]
by RSS Tamir Hardof  |  Jul 09, 2014  |  Filed in: Industry Trends