The FortiExpress Showcases Security in Victoria

The FortiExpress rolled into Victoria in November and December, showcasing Fortinet’s cyber security products and the latest insights from the Q3 Global Threat Landscape Report.

The Victorian leg of the FortiExpress’ Australian road trip started in Melbourne on November 26 with on-board sessions across two days with Dimension Data and Optus. Later Wavelink hosted key partners on board for an update on the Fortinet Security Fabric and a deep dive into Fortinet’s SD WAN and cloud security offerings.

With many businesses focused on cost reduction and application performance the choice of firewall becomes a significant issue. Firewalls can reduce application access and performance, which can be compounded when going across an MPLS network that can further reduce traffic speeds. Partners at the briefing learned how Fortinet’s Fortigate SD-WAN offers businesses cost savings by replacing WAN routers, WAN optimization, and security devices with a single solution that is application-aware, offers automatic WAN path control and multi-broadband support.

With FortiGate SD-WAN businesses can manage network speeds by prioritising the important application traffic while at the same time reducing WAN operating expenses and minimizing management complexity. 

The other main education session covered was around Fortinet’s cloud security offerings. With many businesses using services such as Microsoft Azure without being aware that the security offered is only Layer 3, partners learnt how Fortinet products such as FortiMail can bring the additional security required to secure customers’ data in the cloud within platforms like Azure.

The Future of Network Security

Day three of the FortiExpress’ stop in Melbourne saw a visit from Homesglen TAFE students exploring network security as a career. The students were given a presentation on the cyber security industry. The FortiExpress will be catching up with them again in March when it returns for a more hands-on session.

Later Telstra presented to customers on the cloud services it is bringing to market in conjunction with Fortinet and Equinix. Fortinet’s securing of these services again features it’s SD-WAN offering.

Day four in Melbourne saw Vocus staff attending a session on SD-WAN in the morning while a FortiSIEM workshop featured in the afternoon. With security management growing in complexity and the number of things needing to be secured and monitored growing constantly, businesses risk being swamped by the challenges faced; worldwide 80% of breaches go undetected because of skills shortage and event information ‘noise’.

FortiSIEM - Fortinet’s Multivendor Security Incident and Events Management solution - offers businesses the visibility, correlation, automated response and remediation they need in in a single, scalable solution. FortiSIEM cuts through the noise, reducing the complexity of managing and easing demand on security resources and improving breach detection as a result.

Business in Bendigo

Moving on to Bendigo on December 3, The FortiExpress partnered with the local chamber of commerce to bring local businesses and education session on the latest trends and threats from Fortinet’s Q3 Global Threat Landscape Report. Using data localised for the Australasian region, the Fortinet team outlined to local businesses how many small and medium businesses remain vulnerable to attack. Isolated, legacy security devices and poor security hygiene, including the use of outdated software versions with known vulnerabilities continue to put many businesses at risk. The state of the threat landscape reinforces for many businesses the need to use a security fabric spanning their expanded network environment. The security fabric approach enables threat intelligence to be shared rapidly, shrinks the necessary windows of detection, and provides the automated remediation required for today’s multi-vector exploits.

The FortiExpress will return to Victoria on March 22.