Fortinet targets ageing security software installs

Connection-based security thinking is out of date, VP says

At the pace that internet threats and highly-organised cyber attacks are happening, it is unrealistic for individuals or organisations to rely on governments to protect them, according to unified threat management (UTM) pioneer Fortinet.

Fortinet vice president, Asia-Pacific Jens Andreassen outlined his latest threat environment perspective in Singapore, at the launch of Fortinet's latest mid-enterprise segment FortiGate-310B security appliance.

Fortinet - which says it has sold 300,000 enterprise scale systems worldwide - claims the new appliance makes high bandwidth security available to a whole new segment of the market. It say it offers the highest price-performance ratio and more interfaces than any product in its class.

Andreassen says Fortinet pioneered UTM; providing a firewall, anti-virus, IPS, anti-spam, content filtering and VPN protection - in one integrated system.

"A lot of companies are stuck in connection-based security thinking, but this is no longer enough," he says. "The market is evolving to network security consolidation, You've got to have the breadth; you just got to have a consolidated solution. It takes a lot more to secure a network today."

One of Fortinet's focuses was on the replacement market for aging firewall and virtual private network equipment.

"Security is moving from gateway protection to more deeper into the network, with multiple-point deployments and there's strong growth in managed security services. Companies are moving from end port solutions to a consolidated intrusion approach."

Andreassen says that with some criminals now offering up to US$100 (NZ$127)for a single good credit card number, the cybercrime motive is changing from individuals seeking notoriety, to large black hat enterprises seeking profits by stealing financial and personal information.

"With the potential amount of money that cybercrime can generate, it doesn't really

matter how severe are government penalties for illegal online behavior," he says.

"People can't rely on the government to solve their problems for them, for enterprises especially, it's all about protecting yourself; you can't rely on anyone else."

Andreassen also warned that too many executives knew little about the security risks of so-called web 2.0 technologies.

"A lot of CIOs are not aware of the groundswell of non-enterprise applications that is coming through their back door, mostly via their employees," he says. "Research shows the extent to which social networking is impacting enterprises, by the way that bandwidth usage peaks during the lunch hour."

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