Fortinet expands security threat monitoring with AccelOps acquisition

Alain Penel, Fortinet Middle East regional vice president

In a major step to expand its cybersecurity solutions with advanced analytics and security intelligence, Fortinet, a global leader in high-performance cybersecurity solutions with offices in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, recently announced its acquisition of AccelOps, an innovator in scalable network security monitoring and analytics solutions.

Gulf News Journal spoke with Fortinet Middle East Regional Vice President Alain Penel to get more details on the acquisition.

Globally, Penel said, 60 percent of all security breaches result in stolen data, starting within minutes of the breach, and go undetected due to ineffective threat monitoring and security event correlation. In addition, the lack of a holistic view across organizations’ entire distributed, multivendor networks and the growing quantity and complexity of threat information create big data security challenges.

“With the acquisition of AccelOps, Fortinet extends its Security Fabric to address these challenges by combining security and compliance monitoring with advanced analytics for multivendor security solutions, enabling automated and actionable security intelligence from IoT to the cloud,” Penel said.

Fortinet Security Fabric is an integrated security architecture that enables sharing of threat intelligence from multiple points on the network and enables a coordinated response across the distributed network, from the Internet of things (IoT), across the network and out to the cloud. The acquisition further extends Fortinet’s Security Fabric to enhance its network security visibility, security data analytics and threat intelligence across multivendor environments.

AccelOps, a cloud-based security information and event management (SIEM) event correlation, analysis, and reporting tool, brings together for the first time a comprehensive view across multiple architectures and network domains. It provides real-time threat detection and analytics, including the detection of advanced threats that span across multiple attack vectors.

“AccelOps’ patented network detection, threat collection and correlation and centralized, cloud-based management technologies not only expand user visibility and control across the distributed network but can be seamlessly extended to support managed cloud and service provider environments through its carrier-class, multi-tenancy management tools,” Penel said.

AccelOps sensors auto-discover the network or network segment to which it is assigned and then baseline the devices and traffic located there. Administrators can then centrally orchestrate the collection of real events across multiple collection points. Collected data is then processed locally in real-time using patented correlation and analysis algorithms. Centralized threat and network data is then gathered and correlated across all network segments for a holistic view of threat vectors and anomalous behaviors across the entire distributed network attack surface through a single pane of glass tiered management interface located in the cloud.

 “Fortinet continues with its strategy to provide holistic, actionable security intelligence across the IT infrastructure,” Penel said. “This acquisition builds on Fortinet’s already significant and growing total addressable market, with entry into the security information and event management, a $2 billion total addressable market, which according to renowned technology research company Gartner, is projected to grow to $2.9 billion by 2019.”

As AccelOps enables complete visibility across the extended security infrastructure, it is also a critical component of a new service being offered from Fortinet, called FortiCare 360 degree Support, he said. FortiCare 360 degree provide customers with automated security and performance audits of their specific security infrastructure, and advisories to help prevent unplanned service disruptions, while intercepting problems before they impact performance and service delivery.

“Next Generation SIEM, capabilities from AccelOps coupled with FortiGuard Labs global threat intelligence and third-party threat feeds will be integrated into the Fortinet Security Fabric,” Penel said. “Through this, enterprises will benefit from highly prioritized, coordinated responses and actionable threat intelligence across the distributed network on a subscription basis.”

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