Written By Josh Applebaum And Presented By Ziften CEO Chuck Leaver
The Fortinet Accelerate 2017 conference was held just recently in Las Vegas. Ziften has actually sponsored Fortinet’s annual Global Partner Conference for the 2nd time, and it was a pleasure to be in attendance! The energy at the program was visible, and this was not because of the energy beverages you always see people carting around in Las Vegas. The buzz and energy was contributed by a key theme throughout the week: the Fortinet Security Fabric.
The theme of Fortinet’s Security Fabric is simple: take the disparate security “point products” that a company has actually released, and interweave them to utilize the deep intelligence each product has in their own area of security to supply a combined end to end security blanket over the entire company. Though Fortinet is normally thought of as a network security company, their approach to providing a complete security service spans more than the conventional network to include endpoints, IoT devices, in addition to the cloud. By exposing APIs to the Fabric Ready partners along with enabling the exchange of actionable threat intelligence, Fortinet is opening the door for a more collective strategy across the whole security market.
It is refreshing to see that Fortinet has the very same beliefs as those held by Ziften, which is that the only way that we as an industry are going to reach (and surpass) the enemies is through integration and cooperation across all areas of security, regardless of which supplier provides each component of the overall picture. This is not an issue we are going to fix on our own, but rather one that will be resolved through a combined method like the one set out by Fortinet with their Security Fabric. Ziften is proud to be an establishing member of Fortinet’s Fabric Ready Alliance program, integrating our unique approach to endpoint security with Fortinet’s “believe different” mentality of what it implies to incorporate and work together.
Throughout the week, Fortinet’s (very enthusiastic) channel partners had the chance to stroll through the show floor to see the integrated solutions offered by the different innovation partners. Ziften showcased our combinations with Fortinet, including the integration of our solution with Fortinet’s FortiSandbox.
The Ziften service gathers unknown files from endpoints (clients or servers running Linux, Windows or OS X) and submits them to the FortiSandbox for analysis and detonation. Results are automatically fed back into Ziften for signaling, reporting, and (if allowed) automated mitigation actions.
It was interesting to see that the Fortinet channel partners plainly got the worth of a Security Fabric technique. It was clear to all, in addition to Ziften, that the Security Fabric is not a marketing gimmick, however rather a real strategy created by, and led by, Fortinet. While this is just the beginning of Fortinet’s Security Fabric story, Ziften is excited to collaborate with Fortinet and view the story continue to develop!