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New FortiGate 3000F Series Secures Digital Acceleration for Hybrid IT

By Nirav Shah and Muhammad Abid | February 03, 2022

The advantages—and challenges—of hybrid IT

Fortinet is pleased to announce the launch of the FortiGate 3000F, the latest next-generation firewall in Fortinet’s portfolio designed to protect today’s hybrid IT environments. This timely release is essential for today’s organizations struggling to secure their digital acceleration efforts. Hybrid IT architectures present critical security challenges that most legacy security solutions cannot address. While they enable organizations to implement critical new business applications and services, allowing users to work from anywhere, they also significantly increase the attack surface. And in addition to having more locations, devices, applications, and services to protect, most hybrid IT architectures are also in a state of constant flux as they expand and adjust to meet shifting business requirements.

Another security challenge for hybrid IT is that most legacy networks operate from a position of implicit trust, where users and devices inside the perimeter are assumed to be reliable and secure. Unfortunately, distributing such unfettered access to the internal resources across today’s hybrid IT architectures means malicious actors that breach the network—through unprotected home offices or compromised public access points—are also free to search for data to steal and resources to corrupt or hold for ransom.  

FortiGate—The only NGFW to support natively integrated ZTNA and security-driven networks

Today’s next-generation firewall must be able to secure today’s hybrid IT environments. The reality is, most can’t. Instead, they struggle to keep up as the network scales and adapts to changing digital requirements. That’s why, in addition to its traditional security functions, FortiGate NGFWs like the 3000F include industry-first innovations, such as having all its technologies and services running under a common operating system to simplify management and orchestration. They also include the industry’s first fully integrated Secure SD-WAN as well as built-in ZTNA proxy to provide a converged network and security approach to connectivity. And to top it all off, FortiGate features the world’s only purpose-built ASICs—Fortinet’s Security Processing Units (SPUs)—making it the industry’s fastest NGFW. These ASICs enable FortiGate solutions to efficiently handle processor-intensive functions, such as inspecting encrypted streaming video, which is increasingly critical for today’s remote workforce.

We believe it is this commitment to innovation that has led to Fortinet being ranked #1 for the Enterprise Data Center Use Case in the 2022 Gartner® Critical Capabilities for Network Firewalls report. In fact, Fortinet has received the highest score for the Enterprise Data Center use case three years in a row.

Introducing the FortiGate 3000F: designed to converge and accelerate digital transformation

The FortiGate 3000F is the latest addition to the NGFW portfolio, designed to help customers secure today’s hybrid IT campus and data center architectures in the following ways:

  • Hyperscale: The FortiGate 3000F delivers the most scalability in the industry due to its purpose-built Fortinet SPUs, including the NP7 and CP9, still the world’s only custom security processors.
  • Converge and Accelerate: The FortiGate 3000F seamlessly converges and accelerates networking and security. Its advanced routing capabilities allow it to peer with multiple providers on the WAN (Wide Area Network) side and interconnect with a wide array of vendors in the LAN (Local Area Network). Many enterprises have simplified their operations by replacing their edge router/firewall combinations with a single FortiGate device that offers both networking and security functions.
  • Latest and Most Innovative Video Policy: The FortiGate 3000F NGFW is the first in the industry to offer advanced content policies, like real-time video filtering for mainstream services like YouTube, Vimeo, and Dailymotion. Enterprises can build flexible policies to allow one or many categories and stringent network security controls that can allow or block video traffic up to the channel level.
  • Complete High-Fidelity Visibility and Protection: With unprecedented SSL inspection performance (including TLS 1.3), the FortiGate NGFW detects threats hidden in encrypted paths and provides automated threat protection with the least performance degradation in the industry.
  • AI/ML-powered Enterprise-Grade Security: FortiGate NGFWs seamlessly weave networking, security, and essential AI/ML-powered FortiGuard services into a single platform, enabling IT teams worldwide to effectively manage internal and external threats.
  • Micro- and Macro-Segmentation: The FortiGate NGFW also provides flexible and dynamic segmentation—built around business growth objectives, security, and compliance controls—to prevent the lateral spread of malware, including ransomware, to prevent business disruptions.
  • Automate & Simplify: A unified security strategy designed to span today’s dynamic, hybrid environments is essential. The centralized Fortinet Fabric Management Center provides single-pane-of-glass management, automation, and orchestration across the Security Fabric, including support for over 470 ecosystem partners, simplifying the enterprise-wide workflows essential for today’s hybrid networks.

Powered by the latest NP7 SPU, the FortiGate 3000F delivers the industry’s highest Security Compute Ratings

Every network is only as secure as its weakest point. Digital acceleration requires hybrid IT architectures to span and scale across multiple ecosystems to ensure that critical data is available to any user, on any device, from any location without compromise. Achieving this, however, requires consistent security everywhere—something that most legacy security solutions and strategies are unable to provide. The FortiGate NGFW Series, including the new FortiGate 3000F, enables organizations to establish and maintain consistent and converged network security while delivering the industry’s highest Security Compute Ratings.

Learn more about FortiGate NGFW solutions and the new FortiGate 3000F.

Gartner, Critical Capabilities for Network Firewalls, By Adam HilsRajpreet Kaur, 17 January 2022 

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