firewall


When the first firewalls were developed and deployed, their primary role was to act as sentinels monitoring traffic moving into, and sometimes out of the network. These devices would look at packets, network addresses, and ports to determine if data should be allowed through or blocked. A good analogy is airline travel. In the first few iterations of the firewall, data was simply checked to see if it had a ticket, and if its credentials were in order it were allowed to board the plane. Then application traffic took off, and first generation firewalls... [Read More]
by RSS Nirav Shah  |  Sep 28, 2017  |  Filed in: Business and Technology
The healthcare industry requires technology that can keep pace with the speed at which medicine is evolving in order to provide patients with the best possible care. Additionally, this technology must meet HIPAA compliance standards to secure protected health information (PHI) from the growing number cyberattacks targeting the healthcare industry. This comes at a time when more devices than ever are accessing healthcare providers’ networks, including the proliferation of connected medical devices in the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT), and... [Read More]
by RSS Trish Borrmann  |  Aug 18, 2017  |  Filed in: Business and Technology
One of the biggest security challenges organizations face is sorting through solutions from literally hundreds of vendors in the IT market to find the one that is going to provide them with the best protection at a cost they can afford. Each of these vendors claims to solve critical security issues, and they use volumes of white papers and marketing campaigns to promote their solutions. Of course, proper security is essential. As networks continue to expand and become more complex, organizations are increasingly reliant on effective... [Read More]
by RSS John Maddison  |  Jul 26, 2017  |  Filed in: Business and Technology
Sixteen years ago, Fortinet predicted the emergence of a digital economy where data would be driving business. We understood that this would require scaling the Internet to support hyperconnected network infrastructures. To accomplish this, network infrastructures that hadn’t fundamentally changed for decades would have to be radically redesigned. The challenge was that traditional security solutions were never designed to protect this new environment. To meet this challenge, we began engineering security tools around a universal operating... [Read More]
by RSS Ken Xie  |  Jul 14, 2017  |  Filed in: Business and Technology
Today’s digital economy is driving a technology revolution. Networks now include on-demand infrastructure, cloud-based services, software defined perimeters, and the growth of smart devices and IoT. Networks and infrastructures are also increasingly hyperconnected. What’s been missing is a security strategy to protect these new environments. The Internet was first begun as a point-to-point networking solution 50 years ago. The first generation of security was connection-oriented because it was primarily a firewall and VPN that... [Read More]
by RSS Ken Xie  |  Jul 12, 2017  |  Filed in: Business and Technology
Fortinet’s FortiGate solution has just shifted into the leader’s quadrant in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls report. This report acknowledges the ‘completeness’ of our Security Fabric vision, along with our ability to execute, as factors for our advanced placement. We believe the Magic Quadrant results provide a great opportunity to highlight key innovations that are driving our vision for the future of enterprise firewalls. FortiGate is the most patented security solution in the world.... [Read More]
by RSS John Maddison  |  Jul 11, 2017  |  Filed in: Business and Technology
Fortinet is proud to announce today the results from International Data Corporation’s (IDC) latest Worldwide Quarterly Security Appliance Tracker. The 2016Q4 and historical report data reinforces Fortinet’s continued leadership within the security industry by once again shipping the most security appliances, which also further strengthens our industry-leading global network of threat intelligence sensors. [Read More]
by RSS Bill McGee  |  Apr 03, 2017  |  Filed in: Business and Technology
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
Q: Why are conventional firewalls no longer enough? A: They never were to begin with. We caught up with Don Kopanoff at HIMSS 2016 to talk about the current state of security – and for him, it’s all about the rising complexity of threats. Last year, for example, upwards of 90 percent of identified viruses were unknown to the firewalls they infiltrated – meaning that if a firewall’s definitions aren’t aggressively updated, each passing day presents a new vulnerability. The increasing reliance on distributed... [Read More]
by RSS Susan Biddle  |  May 20, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Networks are evolving rapidly. The proliferation of devices, users, applications, and services has made the network edge more porous, while at the same time expanding the attack surface. And these remote devices and applications are now commonly accessing data center resources in a way unimaginable just a few years ago. Add IoT and Cloud to a highly mobile and distributed network, and you have created the perfect storm for disaster. Security has evolved organically as well. But not in a way that complements the evolution of the network. Instead,... [Read More]
by RSS Bill McGee  |  May 02, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends