Fortinet has announced its new Fabric Connectors, which automate operational capabilities in multi-vendor environments through open API integration with its 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.
“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,” John Maddison, senior vice president of products and solutions, Fortinet said. “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.”
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 among others 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, the company said.
Many organisations 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.
Fabric Connectors link into partner solutions through API integration points or through specialised engineering, accessible to customers through downloadable DevOps kits with one-click activation.