Charles Leaver – Fortinet’s Security Fabric Makes The 2017 Accelerate Conference Buzz

Written By Josh Applebaum And Presented By Ziften CEO Charles Leaver

The Fortinet Accelerate 2017 conference was held just recently in Las Vegas. Ziften has sponsored Fortinet’s yearly Worldwide 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 drinks you constantly see people carting around in Las Vegas. The buzz and energy was contributed by an essential theme throughout the week: the Fortinet Security Fabric.

The theme of Fortinet’s Security Fabric is basic: take the diverse security “point products” that a company has deployed, and link them to take advantage of the deep intelligence each item has in their own security vault to supply a combined end-to-end security blanket over the entire organization. Though Fortinet is usually thought of as a network security business, their method to offering a complete security service spans beyond the conventional network to include endpoints, IoT devices, in addition to the cloud. By exposing APIs to the Fabric-Ready partners in addition to enabling the exchange of actionable danger intelligence, Fortinet is creating a path for a more collaborative method across the entire security market.

It is revitalizing to see that Fortinet has the exact same beliefs as we have at Ziften, which is that the only way that we as a market are going to catch up to (and surpass) the assailants is through combination and partnership throughout all reaches of security, regardless of which supplier provides each element of the general service. This is not a problem we are going to resolve 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 a founding member of Fortinet’s Fabric Ready Alliance program, integrating our special technique to endpoint security with Fortinet’s “believe different” mentality of exactly what it implies to incorporate and team up.

Throughout the week, Fortinet’s (very passionate) channel partners had the opportunity to stroll through the program floor to see the incorporated solutions offered by the numerous technology partners. Ziften showcased our combinations with Fortinet, including the combination of our service with Fortinet’s FortiSandbox.

The Ziften service collects unknown files from endpoints (clients or servers running OS X, Linux or Windows) and submits them to the FortiSandbox for detonation and analysis. Results are automatically fed back into Ziften for alerting, reporting, and (if allowed) automated mitigation actions.

It was exciting to see that the Fortinet channel partners plainly got the value of a Security Fabric method. It was clear to them, as well as Ziften, that the Security Fabric is not a marketing trick, but rather a real strategy created 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 develop!