Fortinet's latest cloud security offering is available on AWS.

Edward Gately, Senior News Editor

July 26, 2022

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AWS RE:INFORCE — Fortinet has unveiled a new built-in-the-cloud offering on Amazon Web Services (AWS). It correlates security findings from across an organization’s cloud footprint to facilitate friction-free cloud security operations.

Fortinet announced its new FortiCNP offering at Tuesday’s AWS re:Inforce conference in Boston. The vendor is now an AWS Security Competency Partner.

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FortiCNP includes resource risk insights technology. Its insights help teams prioritize remediation and mitigation of risks with the highest potential impact on cloud workload security.

A defining feature of the Fortinet cloud offering is integration with AWS security products and services, and the Fortinet Security Fabric. It helps organizations more effectively secure their cloud environments and maximize their cloud security investments.

Increasing Need for Cloud-Native Support

Vince Hwang is Fortinet’s senior director of adaptive cloud security.

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Fortinet’s Vince Hwang

“As organizations are shifting more and more to cloud, there will be a greater, increasing need for cloud-native support,” he said. “They’re going to deliver more applications in the cloud and they’re going to use AWS, Google and Azure. And so our goal there is to help enable that by reducing friction.”

For MSSPs, the value of FortCNP is “immeasurable,” Hwang said.

“If I have a security operations center (SOC) team at the MSSP that’s managing on behalf of a set of customers, and every customer has their own choice of deployments or their own needs, rather than having to figure each one individually, I now only have this one platform approach, this one focused point of view that I just need to learn and work in. Everything becomes much more efficient. And so there’s much more ROI and margins behind the service offering therefore from an MSSP and partner perspective.”

Leveraging AWS Services

AWS sees the value of what FortiCNP can do, Hwang said. And the Fortinet cloud offering increases customer confidence in using AWS as a cloud platform.

“Over the next few months you’ll see us do deep integrations with with the other cloud providers as well,” he said. “And it’s not only about the cloud platforms. It’s also about the tools that customers might need to operate within those cloud platforms.”

Fortinet will continuously expand FortiCNP to ingest more types of cloud security findings. Moreover, it will provide broader context across more cloud workloads.

“Cloud is always going to evolve and change,” Hwang said. “So what we’re going to do is stay on top of that evolution and then work with customers and partners to identify what are the next things, what are their top concerns or the tool of choice for the day, and then bring that into the fold. And that’s how we’re going to continue to add value. So a single platform and continue to grow that underneath.”

Scott Plamondon is co-founder and vice president of architecture at Observian, a Fortinet MSSP partner.

“FortiCNP allows customers to easily integrate, more quickly operationalize, and immediately benefit from AWS’s native cloud security services with more targeted and actionable alerts tuned to their needs and less noise,” he said. “Our customers that rely on Observian’s security operations team will benefit from our ability to even better triage and report on those alerts 24/7.”

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Edward Gately

Senior News Editor, Channel Futures

As news editor, Edward Gately covers cybersecurity, new channel programs and program changes, M&A and other IT channel trends. Prior to Informa, he spent 26 years as a newspaper journalist in Texas, Louisiana and Arizona.

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