Fortinet Secures the path to 5G with Proven security architecture and solutions

12:18 | 23/05/2019 Information Technology

Fortinet Security Fabric delivers cloud-grade scalability, visibility, and control with carrier-grade performance and capacity to secure evolving 4G networks, IoT services and 5G mobility platform.  

Fortinet offers strategic security solutions specifically designed to address the unique challenges facing operators as they migrate their core networks to deliver 4.5G and 5G mobile services. It offers the ability to build a security framework that helps optimize cost of launching and operating new services and revenue opportunities, mitigate advanced threats, and achieve service level goals. Service providers can realize this by utilizing Fortinet advanced security and high-performance systems that also give mobile carriers improved visibility through comprehensive and correlated analytics, the ability to thwart complex external and internal security threats impacting network infrastructure and services at massive scale.

The Fortinet security platform offers 5G service providers:

Advanced protection for mobile core network and telco cloud: Powered by Fortinet’s Virtual SPU Technology, FortiGate Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) deliver significant increases in application security performance through innovative security processing optimizations and the latest packet processing acceleration technologies. The VNFs also have a small footprint, boot within seconds, and require less storage, enabling service providers to protect their virtual networks and cloud platform cost effectively. Further, the 5G-ready FortiGate 7000 Next-Generation Firewall Series with SPU acceleration provides carrier security features and functions with industry-leading SSL inspection and application security performance for total inline protection. Together, these Fortinet solutions deliver industry-best scale and capacity to protect 5G infrastructures from sophisticated application layer attacks and massive volumes of DoS attacks originating from outside or inside the mobile core or telco network.

Agility with security: Fortinet offers broad ecosystem integrations with leading NFV and SDN vendors for virtual infrastructure. To ensure end-to-end security with innovative 5G services such as network slicing and multi-access edge computing (MEC), VNFs must be delivered dynamically, instantiated quickly and available wherever needed on the network. For efficient and agile deployment and utilization of these security resources, Fortinet delivers integrations with NFV platform providers like Lenovo, NFV orchestration (MANO) systems from Amdocs, Ericsson, Ciena, UBiqube, NoviFlow and SDN controllers like VMware NSX, Nokia Nuage, and Cisco ACI, and NoviFlow.

Deep visibility and control for IoT services on edge clouds: Massive scale IoT devices are generally based on lightweight operating systems, which offer minimal security features, therefore they are vulnerable to hijacking and botnet attacks. To remove business risks, the data from these endpoints and the devices themselves require complete protection. Further, service providers offering IoT services via a cloud platform need to ensure multi-tenant isolation, VM and/or container security, and web application protection. Fortinet FortiGate NGFW VNF and FortiWeb WAF VNF protect the edge cloud platform. FortiSIEM provides complete visibility through correlated security analytics and complete visibility to track IoT devices while FortiGate has the ability to learn and profile all connected devices, and apply granular control on different classes of IoT.

Nabil Souli, CEO at Ubiqube: “Being a Fortinet Fabric-Ready technology alliance partner and a leader in multidomain orchestration, we are eager to join Fortinet in paving the way to 5G and mobile edge compute (MEC) secured architectures. Together, the UBiqube and Fortinet joint solution enables the insertion and automation of best of breed security features for any service instantiated over the new 5G paradigm, like IoT or M2M, to the greater benefit of our enterprise and service provider customers.”

Charles Ferland, vice president and general manager, Telco at Lenovo Data Center Group: “Lenovo’s strategic technology collaboration with Fortinet – focused on integrating Lenovo’s performance-optimized NFVi platform offering and Fortinet’s unparalleled security protection – delivers an agile, flexible and secure integrated solution to address the evolving needs of Communications Service Providers.”

Domonique Jodoin, President and CEO at NoviFlow Inc.: “NoviFlow and Fortinet have a shared commitment to customers to accelerate innovation for world-class solutions. As a Fortinet Fabric-Ready technology alliance partner, we can provide our customers with the unparalleled protection provided by the proven Fortinet Security Fabric to help secure their path to 5G. Our joint solution brings together NoviFlow and Fortinet technologies for high throughput and dynamically scalable security services in a programmable SDN networking environment, to address the needs of large carriers and service provider networks. The solution efficiently addresses large deployments and enables cost-effective dynamic scaling to smoothly right-size capacity for even the most highly variable demand.”

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