Fortinet Boosts Cybersecurity Offerings with Deeper Microsoft Azure Integration

Fortinet has been very busy lately – in June we broke the news about the company working with Windstream Enterprise on a new SD-WAN solution. A few weeks back we told you about how the company is one of the SD-WAN vendors that works with Teridion – as part of our coverage of the latter’s global-based SD-WAN service to mainland China.

The latest is Fortinet is strengthening its ties to Redmond – across its broad portfolio of solutions. For example, in web application firewalls (WAF), FortiWeb Cloud WAF-as-a-service is now available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Fortinet’s WAF SaaS solution does not require administrators to possess specific web application security skills, enabling rapid application deployment. Other products already available on the marketplace include FortiGate VM Next-Generation Firewall, FortiWeb VM, FortiMail VM, FortiManager, FortiAnalyzer & FortiSandbox for Azure.

It’s possible the AWS Capital One breach may not have happened with a properly configured WAF BTW – we touched on the Capital One breach last week in fact when we explained Amazon might now be liable for the hack.

Better WAF configuration would have helped – so too would better visibility into company cloud workloads. Fortinet’s product in this space – FortiCWP which stands for cloud workload protection. It offers security administrators and DevOps teams the ability to evaluate their cloud configuration security posture, detect potential threats originating from misconfiguration of cloud resources, analyze traffic across cloud resources (in and out of the cloud), and evaluate cloud configuration against best practices. It enables the ability to manage risk throughout multi-cloud infrastructures, provides regulatory compliance reporting, and integrates remediation into the cloud infrastructure lifecycle automation framework. As you guessed – this now integrates with Azure as well.

In addition, FortiGate Secure SD-WAN now integrates with Azure Virtual WAN to accelerate their cloud on-ramp by improving customer QoE and security. This is done through product integration and automation that simplifies connectivity to Azure Virtual WAN using Fortinet’s Secure SD-WAN offering. This integration automates the creation and tear down of branches connected to Azure Virtual WAN and provides centralized management of connected clouds across offices and regions. FortiGate Secure SD-WAN’s integration with Azure Virtual WAN also ensures optimal performance and security at the branch for customers accessing applications on Azure.

On a related note, we also broke the news this past August about Cloudgenix Autonomous SD-WAN and CloudBlades integrating with Microsoft Azure Virtual WAN.

John Maddison, EVP of product and CMO at Fortinet

Fortinet is helping our customers protect, consume and deliver cloud through our dynamic cloud security offerings. Using Microsoft Azure allows our customers to implement broad protection across their cloud deployments as well as on-premises infrastructure. Today’s announcement strengthens our collaboration as we work together to provide end-to-end security across the expanding digital attack surface.

John Maddison, EVP of product and CMO at Fortinet
Reshmi Yandapalli, principal product manager at Microsoft Azure

We are pleased to expand our collaboration with Fortinet through the integration of their Secure SD-WAN solution and Microsoft Azure’s Virtual WAN offering. As customers look to simplify branch connectivity and extend application workloads on Microsoft Azure, FortiGate Secure SD-WAN offers a rich branch and corporate connectivity solution for customers looking to secure and optimize their cloud on-ramp requirements.

Reshmi Yandapalli, principal product manager at Microsoft Azure

In addition, Fortinet has a broad range of Security Fabric integrations with Microsoft products, including the extensive solutions with Azure referenced above, as well as FortiNAC integration with Microsoft InTune and SCCM, and FortiMail integration with Microsoft 365. 

Cybersecurity is becoming a crucial budget area for organizations and this news is good for those who want to work with Fortinet and Microsoft Azure solutions.

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