In this review of 2022 performance, Alain Penel, Regional Vice President, Middle East, at Fortinet, says how the company has maintained its growth this year.
What are the major cyber security opportunities you have participated while coming to solving challenges in the user market?
Fortinet introduced major new offerings designed to support security teams as they all work toward a common goal: staying ahead of their adversaries. Fortinet delivered these solutions across such a broad spectrum of technologies, including security, networking, and the cloud. It’s all part of Fortinet’s commitment to providing organizations with a broad, integrated, and automated solution strategy designed to span and adapt to today’s highly dynamic hybrid networks.
Fortinet introduced FortiNDR, a new network detection and response offering that leverages powerful artificial intelligence and pragmatic analytics to enable faster incident detection and an accelerated threat response. With three times more security and networking patents than any other cybersecurity vendor, Fortinet is committed to delivering solutions that leverage the latest technological advances, including AI and ML, to keep organizations ahead of the evolving threat landscape. FortiNDR is the latest outcome of this commitment, helping SecOps teams shift from being reactive to being proactive.
FortiRecon, a complete Digital Risk Protection Service (DRPS) offering, uses a powerful combination of machine learning, automation capabilities, and FortiGuard Labs cybersecurity experts to manage a company’s risk posture and advise meaningful action to protect brand reputation, enterprise assets, and data. With the introduction of FortiRecon, Fortinet provides enterprise organizations with a powerful tool to understand how the adversary views an organization from the outside to help inform cybersecurity teams, the C-Level, and risk and compliance management on how to prioritize risk and improve the company’s overall security posture.
We enhanced AIOps capabilities across our entire networking portfolio, including the industry’s first artificial intelligence-based network operations management for 5G/LTE gateways. When combined with the latest AIOps enhancements to Fortinet’s Secure SD-WAN and Wired/Wireless LAN portfolio, network operations teams have access to even more dynamic insights and event correlation across their entire network, making FortiAIOps the most complete AIOps network management platform in the industry.
We also announced the availability of FortiGate Cloud-Native Firewall (FortiGate CNF) on Amazon Web Services (AWS), an enterprise-grade, managed next-generation firewall service specifically designed for AWS environments. FortiGate CNF incorporates FortiGuard artificial intelligence (AI)-powered Security Services for real-time detection of and protection against malicious external and internal threats, and is underpinned by FortiOS for a consistent network security experience across AWS and on-prem environments. By shifting the management of network security infrastructure to Fortinet via FortiGate CNF, customers can focus more on their core competencies and deploying effective security policies to protect their business-critical applications and data.
What are other milestones you have achieved this year?
This year, we have issued more than 1 million Network Security Expert (NSE) certifications to date, further advancing our commitment to close the cybersecurity skills gap. Adding to this milestone, Fortinet has continued to expand the global impact of its training and certification programs with the addition of new courses in priority cybersecurity areas, new training partners, and by expanding access to cyber training and education to empower untapped talent. Fortinet has also continued to help organizations build a cyber-aware workforce through its existing Security Awareness and Training Service. We are also empowering untapped talent pools, including women, students, veterans and more, to reskill or expand their skills for a career in cyber, helping to address the industry talent shortage. As part of this focus, Fortinet made a commitment in September of 2021 to train 1 million people in cybersecurity over 5 years between 2022-2026 and is on track to meet this through various initiatives.
We also announced that the Fortinet Security Fabric has surpassed 500 technology integrations with more than 300 Fabric-Ready Technology Alliance Partners, providing customers and channel partners with integrated solutions to combat the growing threat landscape, improve security effectiveness, reduce complexity, and simplify operations. The continued momentum and growth of the Fortinet Open Ecosystem is a testament to the openness, flexibility, and collaborative power of the Security Fabric, and demonstrates the value of strong technology alliances that Fortinet has established and cultivated over the years.
Last but not least, we released our inaugural Sustainability Report, detailing the company’s sustainability strategic framework, initiatives, and key performance metrics. We want to increase transparency about our progress to date and enable our stakeholders – including customers, partners, employees, suppliers, shareholders and communities – to better understand our approach to corporate social responsibility as we drive toward a more sustainable world and a safer internet.