Now that data breaches have become common, cybersecurity is emerging as a booming business.
One company after another has discovered – typically weeks or months after the leak or invasion of its electronic data – that sensitive information has been exposed.
A few innovative companies are emerging as the growing, international leaders in providing the equipment and expertise to help businesses protect electronic information. Fortinet Inc. is one of them.
Fortinet is a publicly traded company based in Sunnyvale, Calif. It has more than 2,850 employees and more than 218,000 customers. It had $770 million in revenue in fiscal 2014.
Fortinet’s ongoing mission is to deliver the most innovative, highest performing, network platform to secure and simplify clients’ infrastructure. The company provides networking products and services to many of the biggest-name companies in the world. The company says its clients include a majority of the businesses on the Fortune Global 100.
Fortinet’s business partners include SDN Communications of Sioux Falls, a regional leader in providing broadband connectivity to businesses and institutions. SDN provides firewall protection, network monitoring, and an array of other security and telecommunications services to businesses and institutions.
Using Fortinet threat-detection and intrusion-prevention equipment allows SDN to provide a high level of value as well as security to business clients, says Adam Tischler, a managed services engineer at SDN.
Network security equipment from other companies sometimes has to be supplemented with additional devices. “Fortinet is an all-in-one product solution, right out of the box,” Tischler says.
Scott LaGrange, a systems engineer for Fortinet who is based in the Twin Cities, came to Sioux Falls recently to update SDN staff members with the latest, inside information about data threats and security solutions.
Unfortunately for businesses, it’s no longer a question of whether a data breach will occur; it’s when, LaGrange says. “There are too many dishonest people who don’t want to get a real job,” he says.
New threats to data are being developed constantly, so Fortinet’s global research team works around the clock to identify them and help clients protect their information, LaGrange says.
Fortinet researchers deliver protective services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year across security technologies that include application control, intrusion prevention, Web filtering, vulnerability management, and anti-malware and anti-spam offerings.
The biggest security-related challenges for businesses, according to Fortinet, include:
• Security appliances are falling behind infrastructure performance.
• Advanced, targeted attacks require more security application processing
• Customers want to consolidate without decreasing effectiveness and performance.
Though only 15 years old, Fortinet already has become known as one of the nation’s leading cybersecurity firms. ICSA Labs, for example recently presented Fortinet with its Excellence in Information Security Testing for outstanding achievement for 10 years running.
Fortinet equipment is helping protect some of the largest business and government organizations in the world. It certainly can help small and midsize businesses in the Sioux Falls area.
In addition to Fortinet firewall equipment, SDN offers a variety of other telecommunications products and services to help businesses move, store, and protect electronic information.
With SDN Managed Firewall Service, for example, clients pay a monthly subscription fee, based on the level of service want. In exchange, SDN provides hardware at no upfront cost and replaces or updates the equipment as needed.
Representatives of businesses, organizations, and institutions in the Sioux Falls region that would like to consult with an expert from SDN about Fortinet products or other security services should call 800-247-1442 or visit SDN's website.