Fabric Connectors provide open, one-click integration with alliance partner technologies to automate security operations, policies and DevOps processes
John Maddison, senior vice president of products and solutions, Fortinet
“Fortinet has built an extensive ecosystem of industry-leading partners that are integrated into the Fortinet Security Fabric architecture using APIs and a variety of scripts using DevOps tools. The introduction of Fabric connector technology delivers an even deeper level of integration required to automate and simplify security services, policy configuration and operational management across our customers’ multi-vendor environments”
Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, today announced its new Fabric Connectors, which automate operational capabilities in multi-vendor environments through open API (Application Programming Interfaces) integration with Fabric-Ready alliance partner technologies.
- Fabric Connectors provide one-click connectivity of Fortinet Security Fabric solutions with customers’ existing security ecosystem and provide automation of dynamic operational changes through a single pane of glass, closing securing and compliance gaps.
- Initial Fabric Connector types include Cloud, SDN, Threat Intelligence Feeds, ITSM, Automation Tools, SSO/Identify, IaaS Visibility, and Endpoint/CVE.
- The first set of Fabric Connectors deliver tight integration with leading technology infrastructure and solutions, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Cisco ACI, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, Nuage Networks VSP, ServiceNow and VMware NSX.
- Fortinet customers will immediately benefit from Fabric Connector integrations with the latest release of FortiOS 6.0.
Fabric Connectors Provide One-Click Integration for Security & Operations Automation
Many organizations today use multi-vendor products, tools, and applications with isolated security management methodologies in their network environments. According to a recent Gartner report, “many security teams have overinvested in a plethora of tools. As a result, they are also suffering from alert fatigue and multiple console complexity and facing the challenges in recruiting and retaining security operations analysts with the right set of skills and expertise to effectively use all those tools. This is all playing against a backdrop of a growing attack surface that is no longer restricted to on-premises IT environments.”
The lack of technology integration across these complex customer environments, from multi-cloud to IoT, makes it increasingly difficult to manage and automate dynamic operational changes. Additionally, DevOps processes and tools are typically not integrated with security processes, slowing application development and time to market.
To address the complexities of today’s digital enterprise and help reduce security gaps, Fortinet expands the openness of its Security Fabric architecture through its Fabric Connectors to extend security visibility and management capabilities deeper into Fabric-Ready Partner infrastructure and applications.
Fabric Connectors help customers maintain a consistent network security posture with centralized orchestration for users, applications, and data across hybrid, public and private cloud environments. They enable automation of workflows, SOC environments, threat feeds, and security policy automation across clouds as new services and applications are deployed, removing the need for manual intervention.
Fabric Connectors link into partner solutions through API integration points or through specialized engineering, and are instantly accessible to customers through easy, downloadable DevOps kits with one-click activation. The open design of the Fabric Connectors enables ongoing, deep integration with a growing number of ecosystem components and extends the Security Fabric capabilities into validated, third-party infrastructure.
Fortinet has introduced its first set of Fabric Connectors with the following leading technology solutions:
- Dynamic Policy – Cloud: AWS, Microsoft Azure, Oracle
- Dynamic Policy – SDN: Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI)™, Nuage Networks VSP, VMware NSX
- Security Incident Response/ITSM (IT Service Management): ServiceNow, Webhook
- Threat Feeds: AWS Guard Duty
- Automation Action: AWS Lambda, FortiClient EMS Quarantine
- SSO (Single Sign-On)/Identity: Microsoft Active Directory, Radius
- Endpoint CVE (Common Vulnerabilities & Exposures): FortiClient EMS
Fabric Connectors are available for free for joint customers of Fortinet and the above Fabric-Ready Partners as part of the latest FortiOS 6.0 release.
“At Steelcase, a world-renowned manufacturer of office furniture and related equipment, we utilize virtualized and cloud-based solutions in a heterogeneous environment to drive our business. The seamless integration of security into these IT operations is fundamental. Fortinet’s Security Fabric delivers security optimized for multiple cloud provider and virtualization solutions delivering superior scale and performance. The automated security operations and response assures that security processes stay synchronized, and that business changes are minimized. In addition, we are also able to deploy our security IT teams on strategic projects versus repetitive operational tasks.”
Frank Stevens, Senior Security Analyst, Steelcase
Sunak to use budget to expand apprenticeships in England
LONDON (Reuters) – British finance minister Rishi Sunak will announce more funding for apprenticeships in England when he unveils his budget next week, the government said on Friday.
Employers taking part in the Apprenticeship Initiative Scheme will from April 1 receive 3,000 pounds ($4,179) for each apprentice hired, regardless of age – an increase on current grants of between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds depending on age.
The scheme will extended by six months until the end of September, the finance ministry said.
Sunak will also announce an extra 126 million pounds for traineeships for up to 43,000 placements.
Sunak’s March 3 budget will likely include a new round of spending to prop up the economy during what he hopes will be the last phase of lockdown, but he will also probably signal tax rises ahead to plug the huge hole in the public finances.
Sunak is also expected to announce a “flexi-job” apprenticeship scheme, whereby apprentices can join an agency and work for multiple employers in one sector, the finance ministry said.
“We know there’s more to do and it’s vital this continues throughout the next stage of our recovery, which is why I’m boosting support for these programmes, helping jobseekers and employers alike,” Sunak said in a statement.
(Reporting by Andy Bruce, editing by David Milliken)
UK seeks G7 consensus on digital competition after Facebook blackout
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is seeking to build a consensus among G7 nations on how to stop large technology companies exploiting their dominance, warning that there can be no repeat of Facebook’s one-week media blackout in Australia.
Facebook’s row with the Australian government over payment for local news, although now resolved, has increased international focus on the power wielded by tech corporations.
“We will hold these companies to account and bridge the gap between what they say they do and what happens in practice,” Britain’s digital minister Oliver Dowden said on Friday.
“We will prevent these firms from exploiting their dominance to the detriment of people and the businesses that rely on them.”
Dowden said recent events had strengthened his view that digital markets did not currently function properly.
He spoke after a meeting with Facebook’s Vice-President for Global Affairs, Nick Clegg, a former British deputy prime minister.
“I put these concerns to Facebook and set out our interest in levelling the playing field to enable proper commercial relationships to be formed. We must avoid such nuclear options being taken again,” Dowden said in a statement.
Facebook said in a statement that the call had been constructive, and that it had already struck commercial deals with most major publishers in Britain.
“Nick strongly agreed with the Secretary of Stateâ€™s (Dowden’s) assertion that the governmentâ€™s general preference is for companies to enter freely into proper commercial relationships with each other,” a Facebook spokesman said.
Britain will host a meeting of G7 leaders in June.
It is seeking to build consensus there for coordinated action toward “promoting competitive, innovative digital markets while protecting the free speech and journalism that underpin our democracy and precious liberties,” Dowden said.
The G7 comprises the United States, Japan, Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Canada, but Australia has also been invited.
Britain is working on a new competition regime aimed at giving consumers more control over their data, and introducing legislation that could regulate social media platforms to prevent the spread of illegal or extremist content and bullying.
(Reporting by William James; Editing by Gareth Jones and John Stonestreet)
Britain to offer fast-track visas to bolster fintechs after Brexit
By Huw Jones
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Friday it would offer a fast-track visa scheme for jobs at high-growth companies after a government-backed review warned that financial technology firms will struggle with Brexit and tougher competition for global talent.
Finance minister Rishi Sunak said that now Britain has left the European Union, it wants to make sure its immigration system helps businesses attract the best hires.
“This new fast-track scale-up stream will make it easier for fintech firms to recruit innovators and job creators, who will help them grow,” Sunak said in a statement.
Over 40% of fintech staff in Britain come from overseas, and the new visa scheme, open to migrants with job offers at high-growth firms that are scaling up, will start in March 2022.
Brexit cut fintechs’ access to the EU single market and made it far harder to employ staff from the bloc, leaving Britain less attractive for the industry.
The review published on Friday and headed by Ron Kalifa, former CEO of payments fintech Worldpay, set out a “strategy and delivery model” that also includes a new 1 billion pound ($1.39 billion) start-up fund.
“It’s about underpinning financial services and our place in the world, and bringing innovation into mainstream banking,” Kalifa told Reuters.
Britain has a 10% share of the global fintech market, generating 11 billion pounds ($15.6 billion) in revenue.
The review said Brexit, heavy investment in fintech by Australia, Canada and Singapore, and the need to be nimbler as COVID-19 accelerates digitalisation of finance, all mean the sector’s future in Britain is not assured.
It also recommends more flexible listing rules for fintechs to catch up with New York.
“We recognise the need to make the UK attractive a more attractive location for IPOs,” said Britain’s financial services minister John Glen, adding that a separate review on listings rules would be published shortly.
“Those findings, along with Ron’s report today, should provide an excellent evidence base for further reform.”
Britain pioneered “sandboxes” to allow fintechs to test products on real consumers under supervision, and the review says regulators should move to the next stage and set up “scale-boxes” to help fintechs navigate red tape to grow.
“It’s a question of knowing who to call when there’s a problem,” said Kay Swinburne, vice chair of financial services at consultants KPMG and a contributor to the review.
A UK fintech wanting to serve EU clients would have to open a hub in the bloc, an expensive undertaking for a start-up.
“Leaving the EU and access to the single market going away is a big deal, so the UK has to do something significant to make fintechs stay here,” Swinburne said.
The review seeks to join the dots on fintech policy across government departments and regulators, and marshal private sector efforts under a new Centre for Finance, Innovation and Technology (CFIT).
“There is no framework but bits of individual policies, and nowhere does it come together,” said Rachel Kent, a lawyer at Hogan Lovells and contributor to the review.
($1 = 0.7064 pounds)
(Reporting by Huw Jones; editing by Jane Merriman and John Stonestreet)
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