Security company Fortinet announced yesterday that it would extend the reach of its security fabric through its new Fabric-Ready Partner Program. The program is designed to integrate the company’s new FortiSIEM (security information and event management), a feature of the security fabric, across multiple vendors’ security systems.
The initial partners of the Fabric-Ready program include Brocade, Carbon Black, Centrify, Nozomi, Palerra, Pulse Secure, Qualys, Tufin, UBIqube, VeriSign, WhiteHat, and Ziften. These companies will now be able to have FortiSIEM run alongside their own existing security products.
In May, Fortinet announced the release of its security fabric, which gave it visibility into non-Fortinet products. Soon after, the security company acquired AccelOps, allowing the company to extend into a new market — SIEM. In short, Fortinet used SIEM as an enhancement of its security fabric.
Building off these previous announcements, Fortinet’s goal of extending its security fabric to other vendors is to foster an open and cooperative approach to security. It will also help customers avoid replacing their existing infrastructures to consolidate and integrate security systems.
Members of Fortinet’s partner program allow users to collect and share information and mitigation instructions to enhance overall awareness. It has developed a series of open application programming interfaces (APIs) that allows its partners to join Fortinet’s security fabric at multiple integration points. These include the hypervisor, the software-defined networking (SDN) orchestration controller, the cloud, a sandbox (to detect threats), and through logging and policy management.