IoT Security

Fortinet Debuts IoT Security NAC Solution

FortiNAC fills out the vendor's security fabric, providing a more comprehensive end-to-end security solution.

Three months after its Bradford Networks acquisition, Fortinet on Tuesday introduced FortiNAC, a network access control (NAC) solution for IoT security that represents the first integration between Fortinet and the Bradford company product — Network Sentry.

The driver for the Bradford acquisition was to provide businesses more visibility into IoT via Fortinet’s security fabric.

“In this first step, we have an integration with our fabric, but as you go forward, you’ll see more integrations,” John Maddison, vice president, products and solutions at Fortinet, told us. “In this first phase we’re focused on integrating visibility so our fabric via the NAC has visibility of IoT devices.”

With today’s news, Fortinet strengthens its security fabric by extending its ability to engage network devices beyond the Fabric-Ready Partner Program to a wider multivendor environment, including third-party firewalls, switches, wireless access points and endpoints. FortiNAC is also integrated with the FortiGate Next Generation Firewall, FortiSwitch, FortiWLC Wireless Controllers, FortiSIEM and FortiAP to minimize the risk and impact of cyberthreats and provide broader visibility and security for complex networks, the company said.

When looking at IoT security and NAC security, there are visibility, control and response requirements. Maddison said additional integrations will feature more in-depth segmentation and control, and eventually, response.

According to Gartner, IoT endpoints will sport a 32 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2016 through 2021, reaching an installed base of 25.1 billion units. NAC is evolving to be the long-term IoT security solution for enterprises, said Maddison.

John Maddison

The FortiNAC product line targets IoT security and addresses:

  • The massive rise of unsecure, headless IoT devices, including industrial and medical IoT, that require new tools for securing networks.
  • Fortinet’s new FortiNAC product line delivers network access control to secure IoT environments and provides enhanced visibility, control and automated response capabilities.
  • FortiNAC provides detailed profiling of each device on the network and enables granular network segmentation and automated responses for changes in device status or behavior. This ensures each device only has access to approved items on the network.

The new FortiNAC product broadens the company’s product portfolio, which touches network security, endpoint security, advanced threat protection, access points, switching, web application firewalls, email security, cloud security, security management and more recently, SD-WAN.

“It’s an extensive portfolio [that] allows partners to provide a complete solution across many point products for their customers, saving them money while providing greater operational efficiency,” said Maddison. “It also gives partners the ability to go back to a customer to up-sell and cross-sell across the security fabric.”

He expects Cisco and HPE to be the company’s biggest competitors, along with ForeScout Technologies.

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