Fortinet Accelerate 2024

1-5 April 2024

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Chris London (Director of Business Development)

Excited to see all the latest tech that Fortinet had to show at their Accelerate event, and having attended several inspiring talks around SASE, AI and the Platform Era, I’m keen to share a summary of the things that I think will be of most interest to our customers…

My key take aways are:

  • Strengthen and Simplify Network Security: It’s still a winning solution to fortify networks by moving towards a combination of cutting-edge solutions, including a single vendor SASE model for simplified architecture and enhanced efficiency, and the deployment of FortiFlex for flexibility, scalability, and managed security service provider capabilities.
  • Shift to Advanced Technologies: Prepare for the significant role of AI in network security by integrating solutions like FortiAI for smarter deployment, playbooks, and incident tracking. At the same time, focus on securing operational technology (OT) as it converges with IT networks.
  • Advancements in FortiOS and Hardware: Stay updated with enhancements in FortiOS 7.6 that bring GenAI for improved threat analysis and the adoption of custom ASIC chips for superior performance and energy efficiency.
  • SASE’s Strategic Importance: You can leverage the comprehensive benefits of SASE, supported by Fortinet’s leadership in the Gartner quadrant and integration into the unified operating system, FortiOS. This includes both cloud and on-premise deployments to suit diverse needs.
  • Global and Local Data Processing: Benefit from Fortinet’s extensive global points of presence (PoP) support for cloud traffic, alongside local data processing on hardware via SASE to ensure data privacy and reduce risks.

Accelerate 24 presented transformative security solutions designed to take your business into the Platform Era, where software, hardware, and cloud technologies converge for unprecedented protection. Some of the highlights that I’m excited to work with our customers on, include:

  • Security Fabric Platform – Experience a seamless security environment where deep integration across our product line meets the market’s demand for holistic security platforms. The platform streamlines operations, reduces complexity, and increases visibility across your environment, making security management more efficient.
  • FortiOS 7.6 Launch – Elevate your security with the newest OS enhancements focusing on SD-WAN, SASE, Zero-trust network access (ZTNA), and automation—now smarter than ever with robust AI capabilities for next-level SD-WAN deployment and management. FortiOS 7.6. boosts your business’s ability to handle complex networks with ease, resulting in fewer disruptions and enhanced performance.
  • Simplified management with Single Agent technology: A streamlined security approach converges EDRmobile , EMS Linux, and Agentless ZTNA into one powerful agent, paired with a unified cloud framework for data loss prevention and comprehensive governance.

    Allowing you to allocate resources effectively and reduce overhead with a single agent solution, this integration simplifies your endpoint management and ensures consistent security policies, providing peace of mind and freeing up time to focus on core business activities.

  • Consolidated cloud power – Single Cloud: Fortify your cloud presence with the integration of FortiDLP, FortiCSPm, Unified Cloud Security (GRC), and Unified Application Security into a formidable, unified security suite.

    Achieve stronger, more centralised cloud security, reducing the risk of data breaches and compliance issues. This helps you build trust with your customers and partners, safeguarding your reputation and business continuity.

  • Elevated Sec Ops capabilities: Expand your operational potential with advanced log ingestion, fortified SIEM and SOAR via FortiAnalyzer, and leverage FortiAI for proactive, predictive threat intelligence.

    Enables your security operations to respond faster to an incident and provides better threat prevention. Enhanced log analysis and AI-driven insights enable you to predict and mitigate risks before they impact your business.

  • Simplified Connectivity: Streamline your networking with direct switch and AP connections to SASE, managed efficiently through FortiManager, ensuring effortless network orchestration. Enjoy the ease of connecting devices and applying security policies across your network, streamlining your approach to reduce setup time and maintenance costs, optimising your company’s overall productivity.
  • Next-level GenAI advancements: Witness case demonstrations that redefine security operations, utilising FortiAnalyzer and FortiManager. With GenAI technology, you can anticipate smoother deployments and routine management, empowering Managed Service Providers (MSPs) to provide proactive support and solutions. Benefit from smarter, AI-driven tools that offer proactive issue resolution and system management, leading to less downtime, more efficient IT operations, and the ability to stay one step ahead of potential threats.

Recognised as a leader in four Gartner Magic Quadrants—Network Firewalls, SD-WAN, Wired & Wireless WAN, and single-vendor SASE— Fortinet is a solid partner of choice for AI and ML-enhanced security solutions that carve the path for digital resilience.

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