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Fortinet collaborates with AWS to deliver integrated next-gen firewall solution

By Shannon Williams
Tue 8 Dec 2020
FYI, this story is more than a year old

Fortinet has announced new integrations with Amazon Web Services to further provide customers with advanced security across their cloud platforms, applications, and network. 

Fortinet’s cloud security solutions – including its virtual next-generation firewall, FortiGate-VM and web application firewall (WAF), FortiWeb – are designed to protect workloads and business applications across on-premises data centers and cloud environments. 

Fortinet is continuing to provide a broad set of natively integrated security solutions using AWS to provide customers with full visibility and control of applications and centralised management across cloud and hybrid environments. 

“Enterprises are increasingly looking to integrate both native cloud security and Fortinet’s enterprise-class cloud security offerings to protect their workloads on AWS," says John Maddison, EVP of products and CMO, Fortinet.

"Fortinet has always collaborated closely with AWS on security initiatives and we will leverage AWS Marketplace to further enable rapid deployment.”

The newest integrations on AWS include:

Fortinet managed IPS rules powered by FortiGuard Labs 
Fortinet provides managed IPS rulesets powered by threat intelligence from FortiGuard Labs for the recently introduced AWS Network Firewall. This is a new managed service that makes it easy to deploy essential network protections for all of a customer’s Amazon Virtual Private Clouds (Amazon VPCs).  

Through this integration, organisations can use Fortinet managed IPS rules to centrally set policies across all of their Amazon VPCs and accounts. These new Fortinet managed rulesets make it easy for customers to import rules and integrate FortiGuard Labs’ threat intelligence with AWS Network Firewall as an additional layer of protection.

FortiGuard Labs, Fortinet’s threat intelligence and research organisation, provides proven threat intelligence to protect organisations from malicious cyberattacks. Using millions of global network sensors, FortiGuard Labs monitors the worldwide attack surface and employs artificial intelligence (AI) to mine that data for new threats. 

FortiGate-VM next generation firewall integration with AWS Gateway Load Balancer
Fortinet’s FortiGate-VM integrates with AWS Gateway Load Balancer (GWLB) to help organisations simplify and secure their Amazon VPC environments while improving high availability and scaling. 

For advanced protection of internet bound traffic and inter-VPC network traffic, FortiGate-VM provides robust connectivity features, including high performance IPSec VPN, SSL VPN and rich security features including intrusion prevention (IDPS), deep packet inspection (DPI), URL filtering, anti-malware protection and granular segmentation. 

Together, FortiGate-VM and AWS Gateway Load Balancer (GWLB) offer an enhanced cloud security service and cloud management solution that provides enterprise customers fast, flexible access to the cloud. 

Fortinet consulting services for AWS customers
Fortinet’s new consulting services available in AWS Marketplace provide customers with a blueprint for designing and implementing advanced security across their cloud platform, network and applications on AWS. 

The new consulting service also offers security assessments of AWS deployments to enhance organisations’ security posture and remediate existing misconfigurations.

The announcement builds on Fortinet’s existing collaboration with AWS. 

Fortinet delivers natively integrated and enhanced security for available AWS services, including Amazon GuardDuty, AWS CloudFormation and AWS Outposts. Supporting the broadest set of use cases, Fortinet’s Security Fabric offers customers with comprehensive security for AWS workloads including firewall, security gateway, intrusion prevention and web application security.  

“With the introduction of AWS Network Firewall, customers can leverage global threat intelligence from Fortinet to protect their VPCs and securely accelerate their cloud journey," says Andrew Thomas, general manager of perimeter protection, Amazon Web Services.

"We are pleased to expand our relationship with Fortinet to provide our customers with managed, advanced protection for their AWS deployments.”

AWS is also part of Fortinet Open Fabric Ecosystem, one of the industry’s largest cybersecurity ecosystems. The Fortinet Security Fabric protects customer environments across physical, virtual, cloud or hybrid infrastructures with the following capabilities: 

Single-pane-of-glass control and management
The Security Fabric enables organisations to centrally manage both cloud and on-premises security functionality, which helps eliminate human errors while reducing the time burden on limited IT resources. The Security Fabric delivers centralised security management using a consistent operational model. 

Cloud native visibility and control
With Fortinet’s Security Fabric, organisations gain in-depth visibility into AWS application deployments and the ability to apply intent-based policies. By using dynamic address groups and logical naming of cloud-based resources, the security fabric allows organisations to scale out security policies across the cloud infrastructure. 

Broad protection across the attack surface 
Fortinet offers AWS customers a broad set of network security products, allowing organisations the ability to add an additional layer of protection and securely run any application anywhere, whether on-premises or in the cloud.

Fortinet self-service in AWS Marketplace
Fortinet offers a broad range of security products in VM, container, and SaaS form factors with flexible bring-your-own-license (BYOL) and pay-as-you-go (PAYG) billing options through AWS Marketplace. 

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