Securing your multi-cloud attack surface

Almost every business worth asking has embraced the cost-effective agility of cloud computing. According to RightScale’s 2018 State of the Cloud report, 83% of businesses are using multi-cloud strategies, combining private storage for sensitive data with powerful public cloud capacity and multiple cloud-based services.

Unfortunately, while these setups provide fantastic flexibility for a business, they present a much wider attack surface for cybercriminals.

RightScale found that the average business is now spread across five separate cloud providers, and managing that risk can become exceptionally complex as responsibility and visibility alike are distributed among a number of stakeholders and dashboards.

To rein in this complexity, organisations are increasingly seeking a central, holistic view. The so-called ‘single pane of glass’ that makes it possible to stay on top of an organisation’s complex security posture, across all environments, from one vantage point.

Centralised visibility is a fundamental part of Fortinet’s integrated approach to security. Instead of monitoring disparate point solutions, ours is an end-to-end approach that brings clarity and efficacy to securing your business.

Our award-winning Fortinet Security Fabric provides control over multiple cloud environments, stop threats infiltrating your network and provides next-generation protection that scales alongside your needs.

Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) rely on a consistent, cohesive, scalable approach to security - they use Fortinet to provide the unwavering vigilance and assurance their customers expect, across complex and oft-changing multiple cloud setups.

Choosing a MSSP is certainly a valid strategy for securing your multi-cloud environment, especially if choosing a provider with established cloud expertise backed up by a depth of technology.

Fortinet brings disparate clouds together

Many organisations manage their own security needs, including across multiple cloud environments. This is a considerable task, especially as it often means navigating a separate dashboard for each cloud. This makes it unnecessarily difficult to analyse the threats arrayed against an organisation.

Removing inefficiencies, bottlenecks or points of friction, is key to providing reliable, swift detection of threats and appropriate, effective response. To that end, the latest FortiOS 6.0 used by our hardware now includes Fabric Connectors that allow Fortinet Security Fabric to connect IaaS environments into your broader security infrastructure.

This capability provides your organisation with a unified view of your cloud posture through FortiManager and FortiAnalyzer in your central NOC management console. It highlights our commitment to providing end-to-end solutions that simplify security management, no matter how complex the environment.

Critically, Fortinet Security Fabric also integrates directly into the main IaaS and technology platforms, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Cisco ACI, Google’s Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, Nuage Networks VSP, ServiceNow and VMware NSX.

This integration is deep, with FortiGate Cloud Firewalls using each cloud platform’s own APIs to scale dynamically with changing usage (such as Amazon’s Auto Scaling and Load Balancing), enabling you to keep pace without consuming limited staff resources.

Navigating your network securely

Centralised, cloud-native management and visibility is of course, just one piece of the puzzle. Fortinet Security Fabric also provides best-in-class cloud access security brokers, and internal segmentation firewalls, to keep your data secure at all times.

In multi-cloud environments, a whopping 75% of cloud traffic travels east-west within your systems, where it would never encounter traditional, externally-facing perimeter security.

MSSPs leverage FortiGate Internal Segmentation Firewalls to ensure sensitive data doesn’t end up where it shouldn’t by creating individually controllable trust zones within your Level 2 domains, enabling you to apply different security policies to different groups within the organisation. Policies can also be enforced at an application level.

This is backed up by FortiCASB, a cloud-native access broker which effectively extends security policies across a range of public and private cloud platforms. Importantly it provides access visibility, enabling you to effectively address unauthorised access which can compromise security or violate compliance requirements. 

Award winning security

MSSPs choose our FortiGate Enterprise Firewall, the foundation of Fortinet Security Fabric, because it’s the only solution that delivers the central visibility, scale, automation, and performance necessary for multi-cloud environments.

This is why FortiGate continues to win awards, such as Gartner naming it as one of four leaders in its 2018 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls for “completeness of vision” and “ability to execute”.

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