Fortinet and Siemens partner to provide best-in-class protection for operational technology networks

December 19, 2019 | 16:44
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Siemens joined the Fortinet fabric-ready technology alliance partnership programme and announced an integrated security solution and worldwide bundle partner agreement to support OT/ICS environments.
fortinet and siemens partner to provide best in class protection for operational technology networks
Fortinet and Siemens partnered up to provide industry-leading protection for operational technology networks

Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated, and automated cybersecurity solutions, announced a technology alliance partnership with Siemens, a global industrial powerhouse specialising in digital industries from environments such as electrical power, transportation, and oil and gas. This announcement is the companies’ first integrated solution combining best-in-class technology and a worldwide resell agreement to address the unique security and connectivity requirements of operational technology (OT) networks.

While OT environments have traditionally been isolated from the rest of the IT network, efforts to converge IT and OT to provide more responsive and agile business outcomes have exposed OT and industrial control systems (ICS) to increased cybersecurity risk. According to the SANS 2019 OT/ICS Survey, just over 50 per cent of respondents rated the level of ICS cyber risk to their organisation as “severe/critical” or “high.”

However, given the nature of many OT environments, traditional security solutions can sometimes leave gaps in the protection of the aging or sensitive systems in place. Additionally, deploying reliable connectivity and security in harsh and frequently remote or substation environments has traditionally not been easy. While rugged products do exist, assembling and deploying the various parts of the complete solution can create issues with connectivity, reliability, space, and even physical security.

Highlighting the growing importance of cybersecurity in OT environments and the need for solutions specifically created for OT networks, Siemens has joined the Fortinet Fabric-ready technology alliance partner programme to address the security challenges associated with the convergence of OT and IT networks.

Technology ecosystem partners are a key part of the Fortinet Security Fabric, which enables Fortinet and partner products to co-operatively integrate and provide comprehensive security solutions. Fortinet’s technology ecosystem partner solutions enable customers to gain more effective security and get even more value from their security deployments.

fortinet and siemens partner to provide best in class protection for operational technology networks

The first Fabric-Ready solution from Fortinet and Siemens integrates Fortinet’s industry-leading FortiGate next-generation firewall with the Ruggedcom multi-service platform family of switches and routers to improve the integration of cybersecurity into locations with harsh environments such as electrical substations while simplifying management, space, and power issues.

This solution provides a single, integrated appliance for OT networks. By simplifying deployment to a single piece of hardware, the power, space, physical security, and connectivity issues typically encountered outside of a single box deployment model are resolved. Remote management further simplifies deployment and ongoing management.

In addition to this joint solution, Siemens will bring to market Fortinet’s FortiGate next-generation firewall VM bundled with the APE 1808 to further enable the availability of advanced security solutions for OT environments.

The announcement and addition of Siemens to the Fabric-Ready partner programme extends the range of integrated security solutions now available to OT customers through the Fortinet Security Fabric, and is further testament to Fortinet and Siemens’ commitment to creating OT-specific solutions designed to address the unique needs and requirements of their joint customers.

The Fortinet Security Fabric provides a unique integrated and automated platform approach to security through purpose-built solutions and AI threat intelligence, combined with strategic partnerships with some of the industry’s leading security specialists. Unlike most security platforms, the Fortinet Security Fabric is flexible enough to easily accommodate and integrate with a large number of partners to provide truly comprehensive security coverage.

“OT networks are increasingly exposed to cyber threats through their convergence with IT systems. By partnering with Siemens, a global leader in OT digital solutions, Fortinet continues our focus on expanding the Fortinet Security Fabric platform deep into OT networks. This partnership enables our customers to get even more value from their security deployments and facilitates the development and delivery of truly comprehensive, end-to-end security solutions specifically designed for OT environments,” John Maddison, chief marketing officer and executive vice president of products at Fortinet.

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