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Recently, I had the pleasure of leading a FortiGate-5000 series chassis deployment. While I’ve worked on the 5000 series before, this was my first “soup to nuts” deployment of our 4th generation chassis. The 5000 series is not merely a very large appliance. It is a vessel for FortiGate and FortiController blades. The firewall is actually a cluster of FG-5001D worker blades that rely on the 5144C chassis for power and connectivity. With two NP6 ASICS, each FG-5001D has similar throughput characteristics to the FG-1500D appliance. However, apart... [Read More]
by RSS Glen Kemp  |  Jun 10, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Security vendors have been touting the advantages of next-generation firewalls (NGFW) that provide application inspection for several years now. As application traffic became more prevalent, criminals found that hiding malware inside application traffic was an excellent way to bypass traditional security.  They still do. But now, application traffic is ubiquitous. The number of devices on our networks is growing exponentially, along with the volume of application and transactional traffic. While much of it is still passing through the traditional... [Read More]
by RSS Mark Byers  |  Jun 09, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Scott Berger has his pulse on the IT security industry, and he talked with us at HIMSS 2016 to share some insights on the value of Fortinet’s Next-Generation Firewall into a VMware NSX Environment, the rise of internal segmentation firewalls and the need to implement these solutions without compromising clinician workflow. “Fortinet offers one of the most complete security ecosystems in both the physical and the virtual space of the software-defined datacenter,” he says. While many people still view security as more or less... [Read More]
by RSS Susan Biddle  |  May 13, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Market analysts estimate that by 2020 each person will own 26 IP-enabled devices, and over 50 billion IoT devices will come online. Each of these will need to transmit and receive data, run applications, perform transactions, and access services. At the same time, the line between our private and our public lives, including our work lives, will continue to blur. Because the network is the nexus point for this convergence, network borders are becoming increasingly porous, data it needs to process is growing exponentially, and the corporate network... [Read More]
by RSS Bill McGee  |  May 11, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
In today’s world of fast-paced digital business, mid-sized businesses and enterprises face continually complex security requirements and ever-evolving threats and attacks. The pressures on IT and security staff continues to mount, meaning there is an immediate need for simple to use, cost-effective security solutions that are also easy to manage, intelligent and seamlessly adaptable for today's and tomorrow’s threats.   Fortinet is excited to announce a new partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise Security: an integrated... [Read More]
by RSS Richard Henderson  |  Mar 01, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
This week Fortinet released its latest Threat Landscape Report - a collection of threats, attacks, and data collected from live production environments of all sizes and types. As part of our Cyber Threat Assessment Program (CTAP), enterprises and organizations were given the opportunity to place one of Fortinet’s high-performance FortiGate NGFW appliances inside their networks to see just how many threats and attacks attempt to (or successfully) gain purchase inside their infrastructure. Some key findings in the report include: unexpected... [Read More]
by RSS Richard Henderson  |  Feb 25, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
[Editor’s Note: While this post is primarily concerned with Fortinet firewalls, particularly the FortiGate 3700D, it also serves as useful background for anyone considering different deployment scenarios for data center firewalls.] Nestling somewhere near the top of the Fortinet product portfolio is the FortiGate 3700D. Whilst it is generally pitched as a data centre firewall, it is a good deal more flexible than your average big dumb packet pusher. It may be deployed in ultra-low latency, very high capacity, and dedicated Unified Threat... [Read More]
by RSS Glen Kemp  |  May 26, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
When it comes time to sign that purchase order for a security solution, how do you cut through the glossy marketing and make informed choices? Marketing is something of a necessary evil for most companies. You can sell the best widgets in the world, but if nobody knows about your widgets, sales will go to the widget-maker down the road with a rockstar marketing team. Marketing is there to clean up the mess when a story breaks about safety issues with low-quality widgets or to make sure that potential customers know about the latest whizbang feature... [Read More]
by RSS Jonas Tichenor  |  Mar 02, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Anonymous browsing with Tor presents serious challenges for IT as well as possible opportunities for organizations that need it. One of my best friends growing up was named Tor. He was Norwegian through and through and looked like he could wield a giant hammer (for those of you without any Scandinavian stock in you, Tor is the traditional Anglicized spelling of Thor). This blog isn’t about him. Just a good story. Anyway, what we’re talking about here is the Tor Browser and the related Tor protocol that enables anonymous web browsing... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  Jan 21, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
It’s time we kicked up our awareness of security issues 3 or 4 notches. This won’t be the first time you hear this statement in an end-of-year retrospective sort of blog: 2014 was a rough year for cybersecurity. 2014 was the year that cybersecurity really hit the mainstream consciousness and for good reason. The list of big brands that got hit hard by hackers this year goes on and on. Ok, enough retrospection. It’s time for a scene from The Matrix: Classic, right? Despite all of the headline-grabbing hacks this year, very few of us know,... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  Dec 31, 2014  |  Filed in: Industry Trends