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RSA Conference 2018: Fortinet Unveils Integrated NOC-SOC Solution

Fortinet, an endpoint, firewall and public cloud security products company, has unveiled a network operations center (NOC) and security operations center (SOC) solution that combines analysis, automated response and workflows across operational and security processes. The company introduced the NOC-SOC solution today at the RSA Conference in San Francisco.

The NOC-SOC solution leverages the Fortinet Security Fabric application, endpoint and network security architecture and provides visibility, control and operational management across NOCs and SOCs, according to a prepared statement.

With the Fortinet NOC-SOC solution, network operations and security operations teams can access a real-time view of an organization's assets, their current state and who owns them, the company said. That way, network operations and security operations teams can understand the scope of a cyber threat and take the necessary steps to limit its damage.

Also, the NOC-SOC solution combines the latest capabilities from the following Fortinet offerings:

  • FortiAnalyzer: Offers centralized network security logging and reporting.
  • FortiManager: Provides centralized Security Fabric management.
  • FortiSIEM: Delivers security information and event management (SIEM).

The NOC-SOC solution also offers the following features:

  • Continuous evaluation of Security Fabric elements and suggestions on ways to improve operations across an NOC or SOC.
  • "Security Rating" tracking to identify security trends, prove return on investment (ROI) of security initiatives and compare an organization's security posture versus its industry peers.
  • ServiceNow Security Incident Response application integration to help an organization determine how to resolve an incident.

Ultimately, the NOC-SOC solution "brings visibility and control into the NOC with workflow and response automation in the SOC," according to Fortinet SVP of Products and Solutions John Maddison. The solution bridges the gap across IT disciplines, Maddison noted, to deliver broad and automated security response.

Fortinet Announces New Version of Network Security OS

In addition to the NOC-SOC solution, Fortinet in February introduced FortiOS 6.0, a new version of its network security OS.

FortiOS 6.0 features automated lifecycle workflows, attack surface hardening services and other NOC and SOC management capabilities, Fortinet said in a prepared statement. By doing so, FortiOS 6.0 helps organizations automate their security operations and protect their digital attack surfaces.

Fortinet offers network and content security products to more than 340,000 customers worldwide and posted nearly $1.5 billion in revenue in fiscal year 2017. Moreover, Fortinet's NOC-SOC offerings could help the company increase its earnings.

Dan Kobialka

Dan Kobialka is senior contributing editor, MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E. He covers IT security, IT service provider business strategies and partner programs. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State University. In his free time, Dan enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football.