Fortinet enables intent-based segmentation with new NGFWs

Intent-based segmentation in next generation firewalls helps reduce cost, complexity and risks

Segmentation is becoming as fundamental as patching vulnerable systems, said Maddison.
Segmentation is becoming as fundamental as patching vulnerable systems, said Maddison.

Fortinet has added new capabilities to its FortiGate next-generation firewalls (NGFWs) portfolio, comprised of FortiGate 3600E, FortiGate 3400E, FortiGate 600E and FortiGate 400E, adding intent-based segmentation into their security architecture.

Intent-based Segmentation allows organisations to achieve granular access control, continuous trust assessment, end-to-end visibility and automated threat protection.

In addition to delivering Intent-based Segmentation, FortiGate 3600E offers 30Gbps threat protection and 34Gbps SSL inspection performance. FortiGate 3400E offers 23Gbps threat protection and 30Gbps SSL inspection performance.

The combination of business growth, workloads migrating to multiple clouds and increasing cyber-attacks makes it difficult for organisations to maintain a robust security architecture that effectively implements consistent security policy across all network environments. Having flat networks with a single enforcement point further compounds this problem by making it easier for cybercriminals to get inside the network. Once inside, they become part of the trusted zone, allowing them to quickly spread threats laterally. It’s extremely hard to detect and contain these cybercriminals as they move deeper into the network, resulting in cascading risks and exfilteration of valuable data.

“Segmentation is becoming as fundamental as patching vulnerable systems” said John Maddison, EVP of products and solutions at Fortinet. “Intent-based Segmentation aligns business goals with infrastructure changes and ultimately, dynamically separates infrastructure to protect users, data and systems. A fundamental element of Intent-based Segmentation is the high-performance NGFW. The new FortiGate 3400E and 3600E Series combines threat protection and SSL inspection performance, allowing customers to implement a holistic end-to-end architecture.”

As existing security strategies are failing to keep pace with a complex security landscape, organisations are seeking adaptive and predictive protection that prevents the spread of threats throughout the network. With Intent-based Segmentation, organisations achieve adaptive security by intelligently segmenting IT assets in accordance with the business intent, like addressing compliance, by having multiple enforcement points. Adaptive protection is achieved by implementing granular access control based on varying trust levels and high-performance advanced security.

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