Fortinet Enhances Its Cloud Security Portfolio as Threat Landscape Continues to Shift

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Fortinet isn't just in the business of physical on-premises network security appliances anymore. It's also very much in the cloud. At the AWS re:Invent 2017 event in Las Vegas this week, Fortinet announced a series of expanded services to help protect customers running in the cloud.

Among the announcements from Fortinet is the debut of the FortiSandbox service in a pay-as-you-go on demand model. The FortiSandbox is a sandboxing technology, which isolates running processes in order to perform malware analysis. FortiSandbox had already been available in both a physical appliance as well as virtual appliance form factor.

The FortiSIEM, the company's Security Information and Event Manager (SIEM), technology is now also available in the AWS Marketplace, providing users with a cloud-based tool for collecting and analyzing log file data.

"One of the many advantages of the cloud is on-demand infrastructure and service," stated John Maddison, senior vice president of products and solutions at Fortinet. "Security needs to be the same with consistent policies, performance and visibility that can scale across multi-cloud networks, without reducing control."

Maddison added that having one cloud security provider to protect all types of workloads running on AWS ensures that customers benefit from a single security management console, with consistent updates and licensing models across all their cloud security applications.

The expanded cloud services from Fortinet comes as the company is continuing to grow overall. Fortinet reported third quarter fiscal 2017 financial results on Oct. 26, with revenue coming in at $374.2 million for an 18 percent year-over-year gain.

Threat Landscape

While new products and services are helping Fortinet grow, it is the evolving threat landscape that is continuing to fuel demand for cybersecurity solutions in general. Fortinet released its 3Q17 Threat Landscape Report on Nov. 28.

According to the report, 79 percent of organization were attacked in the third quarter, with an average of 153 attacks per firm.

While there were a number of different vulnerabilities that attackers attempted to exploit, the top exploit attempt in the third quarter was one that targeted Apache Struts. Fortinet reported that 35 percent of organizations it monitored were attacked with the Apache Struts vulnerability. That's the same vulnerability that credit monitoring agency Equifax blamed for its massive breach of 145.5 million records that was first publicly reported on Sept. 7.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eSecurityPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.