Fortinet Unifies Zero-Trust Security, Endpoints, and Network for a Workplace Working From Anywhere

Fortinet announced a new security solution to enable organizations to secure and connect work from anywhere.

By unifying Fortinet’s broad portfolio of zero-trust, endpoint, and network security solutions within the Fortinet Security Fabric, Fortinet delivers security, services, and threat intelligence that seamlessly follows users, whether they on the go, at home or in the office, to provide businesses with quality protection and productivity.

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically expanded the work-from-anywhere model. Forecast analysis from Gartner reveals that by the end of 2024, the shift in the nature of work will bring the total market of available remote workers to 60% of all employees, up from 52% in 2020.

Additionally, according to Gartner, organizations face a hybrid future, with 75% of hybrid or remote knowledge workers saying their expectations for flexible working have increased.

At the same time, sophisticated multi-stage attacks like ransomware are plaguing organizations at an increasing rate.

According to FortiGuard Labs’ 1H Global Threat Landscape report, ransomware incidents increased by nearly 1100% between June 2020 and June 2021. In a recent global ransomware survey conducted by Fortinet, 67% of organizations say they have been targeted of ransomware.

Clearly, remote and hybrid work is now the status quo, and cybercriminals will continue to take advantage of this expanded attack surface. To keep up with the changing workforce and threat landscape, organizations must now adopt a “work from anywhere” approach to their security by deploying solutions that can track, activate and to protect users, wherever they are.

When users move between travel, office, and home, they access applications from the cloud, data center, or software as a service (SaaS). Because of this continuous flow, it is imperative that zero-trust, endpoint, and network security are all unified by a common set of APIs and integration points to ensure users can seamlessly transition from location to location, enjoying a consistent and properly protected user experience. with contextual security.

According to Fortinet, it enables all three work-from-anywhere use cases:

Users working outside of the office or primary remote space (and the layered security it provides) potentially introduce unique exposure to threats when connecting to applications and resources needed for work while using networks and unknown and often unsecured locations. This allows cybercriminals to spy on exposed communications or launch attacks from insufficiently protected devices. To secure users on the move, Fortinet offers an integrated combination of Endpoint Security: EPP, EDR, XDR (FortiEDR, FortiXDR), Zero Trust Access: ZTNA (FortiClient, FortiOS, FortiGate) + Identity (FortiAuthenticator, FortiToken) and Network Security : SASE (FortiSASE Remote).

Work at home
Remote and hybrid workers typically connect from a defined remote location with infrastructure to enable the work, such as an external monitor, home network, webcam, and microphone. However, home networks are full of unsecured Internet of Things (IoT) devices and other users that could consume bandwidth with productivity-draining video streaming or online gaming. They are often outside the security of the corporate network and its controls. To provide enterprise-grade managed security for home users, Fortinet offers an integrated combination of Endpoint Security: EPP, EDR, XDR (FortiEDR, FortiXDR), Zero Trust Access: ZTNA (FortiClient, FortiOS, FortiGate) + Identity (FortiAuthenticator , FortiToken), and network security: Linksys HomeWRK for Business | Secured by Fortinet.

Even when users are working from a location managed by the organization that provides networking and security to employees, strong endpoint security remains an important part of a layered defense given the potential for exploitation. third-party vulnerabilities or compromise, providing an entry point for cybercriminals to circumvent corporate controls. To secure users, devices and servers in the office, Fortinet offers an integrated combination of Endpoint Security: EPP, EDR, XDR (FortiEDR, FortiXDR), Zero Trust Access: ZTNA (FortiClient, FortiOS, FortiGate) + Identity (FortiAuthenticator , FortiToken ), and Network Security: Next-Generation Firewall (FortiGate + FortiGate-VM).

To further accelerate secure working from anywhere, Fortinet is committed to expanding its FortiTrust security-as-a-service portfolio, which offers simplified consumption and unified licensing models designed for the way enterprises do business in the era of work from anywhere.

“Unlike most complicated licenses that include a mix of device-, appliance-, and cloud-based fees, FortiTrust brings it all together under one user-based license that seamlessly tracks users across any network. which environment or form factor,” the company explains.

“This allows organizations to dynamically adapt to the challenges of working from anywhere, such as changing connectivity needs, hybrid workers, or resources that may need to move back and forth between environments. physical and virtual and form factors.

“FortiTrust’s simplified licensing model enables true network flexibility and allows organizations to easily deploy new technologies designed for dynamic networks.”

Kevin M. Risinger