Written By Josh Applebaum And Presented By Ziften CEO Chuck Leaver
The Fortinet Accelerate 2017 conference was held recently in Las Vegas. Ziften has sponsored Fortinet’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference for the second time, and it was a pleasure to be in attendance! The energy at the show was palpable, and this was not because of the energy drinks you always see people carrying 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 easy: take the diverse security “point products” that an organization has released, and interweave them to leverage the deep intelligence each product has in their own security vault to supply a combined end-to-end security blanket over the whole organization. Though Fortinet is generally thought of as a network security company, their method to supplying a total security service spans more than the standard network to include endpoints, IoT devices, in addition to the cloud. By exposing APIs to the Fabric-Ready partners along with making it possible for the exchange of actionable risk intelligence, Fortinet is creating a path for a more collective method throughout the entire security industry.
It is revitalizing to see that Fortinet has the same beliefs as we have at Ziften, which is that the only way that we as an industry are going to catch up to (and go beyond) the enemies is through combination and collaboration throughout all areas of security, despite which supplier supplies each component of the overall picture. This is not a problem we are going to resolve on our own, but rather one that will be solved through a combined method 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 distinct approach to endpoint security with Fortinet’s “believe different” mentality of exactly what it suggests to incorporate and team up.
Throughout the week, Fortinet’s (very enthusiastic) channel partners had the chance to stroll through the program floor to see the incorporated services offered by the various technology partners. Ziften showcased their integrations with Fortinet, containing the combination of our solution with Fortinet’s FortiSandbox.
The Ziften solution collects unknown files from endpoints (clients or servers running Linux, Windows or OS X) and submits them to the FortiSandbox for analysis and detonation. Outcomes are automatically fed back into Ziften for notifying, reporting, and (if possible) automated mitigation actions.
It was exciting to see that the Fortinet channel partners plainly got the worth of a Security Fabric approach. It was clear to all, in addition to Ziften, that the Security Fabric is not a marketing gimmick, but rather a real method put together by, and led by, Fortinet. While this is just the start of Fortinet’s Security Fabric story, Ziften is excited to collaborate with Fortinet and enjoy the story continue to unfold!