The unification of firewall security and management is accomplished with hybrid mesh firewalls (HMF). This approach offers significant value by combining the benefits of multiple firewall architectures.

Unify Firewall Management and Enforcement

Unified management streamlines administration and provides enhanced security, enabling centralized control and monitoring across the entire network. Further, it optimizes security policies, simplifies deployment, improves scalability, and enhances threat visibility—ultimately bolstering network protection while reducing complexity and operational overhead.

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Hybrid Mesh Firewall: The Next Evolution

The Fortinet hybrid mesh firewall approach addresses the challenges of complex network and security infrastructure by revolutionizing your defense strategy. By unifying all firewall deployments across environments, you gain operational efficiency, stronger security (with consistent policies), and comprehensive visibility. With centralized and unified management, along with AI-powered services, you can ensure consistent, real-time protection against even the newest and most sophisticated threats across your entire organization.

Challenge: Inefficient Network and Security Operations

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Architectural Complexity

Disparate security and networking solutions leave security gaps and are hard to efficiently manage

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User and Applications Are Everywhere

Users connect to applications from the data center, to multi-cloud, to the edge

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Deployment Complexity

There are too many different tools, solutions, and platforms used for deployment and onboarding

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Security Misconfigurations

Misconfiguration and inconsistent security policies help attacks succeed

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Expanded Attack Surface

Digital innovation (including WFA and cloud) has expanded the attack surface and cyber exposure

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Evolving and Evasive Attacks

Increasingly sophisticated multi-stage campaigns mimicking legitimate activities evade security

Industry Analyst Recommendations

Security Transformation

I&O networking leaders should secure networks with automation as organizations digitally transform.


Gartner Hype Cycle for Enterprise Networking, 2022 

Network Modernization

SD-WAN improves availability, agility, cost-effectiveness and performance for enterprise WANs.


Gartner Hype Cycle for Enterprise Networking, 2022

Hybrid Workplace Enablement

Security leaders must adopt a unified security approach to protect assets and users anywhere.


Gartner Hype Cycle for Network Security, 2022

Hybrid Mesh Firewall

Effective security must be delivered in every location with a trend toward converged platforms.


Gartner Hype Cycle for Workload and Network Security, 2022 

Data Center

“The number of data center and edge sites will increase to 3.5 million by 2024.”


Gartner Forecast Analysis: Data Center Sites, Worldwide, published 13 April 2022

Security Complexity

"75% of organizations are currently pursuing security vendor consolidation..."


Gartner How SASE, XDR and Security Vendor Consolidation Are Shaping Your Security Strategy, June 2022

Enterprise Analyst Validation

Forrester TEI Study: Fortinet NGFW for Data Center And AI-Powered FortiGuard Security Services
2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Network Firewalls
The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Firewalls, Q4 2022
The Forrester Total Economic Impact study demonstrates that the Fortinet NGFW for Data Center and AI-Powered FortiGuard Security Services solution has a 318% return on investment, $10.55 million in savings benefits, and less than a 6 month payback period
Forrester Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study reveals 318% ROI and $10.6M in cost benefits achieved with the Fortinet Data Center cybersecurity solution.
In addition to a significant ROI, key results from the 2023 commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting include improved networking and security performance, increased networking and security team efficiencies, end-user productivity gains, notable cost savings, and better sustainability.
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Fortinet Named a Leader in the 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Network Firewalls

Fortinet has been recognized as a Leader again, and is positioned highest in Ability to Execute, marking our 13th year in the Magic Quadrant™.

FortiGate Next-Generation Firewalls deliver the industry’s best ROI, provide AI/ML-powered threat protection, and support the convergence of networking and security.

With all features and functions built on a single operating system, FortiOS, organizations have access to consistent functionality across all solutions and form factors, including appliances, virtual environments, and secure access service edge (SASE).

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Fortinet Named a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Firewalls, Q4 2022

We are pleased to announce Fortinet has been named as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Firewalls, Q4 2022 report.

We believe our position as a Leader is a testament to our investment in providing a next-generation firewall (NGFW) solution that serves as an enabler of digital acceleration, made possible through the convergence of advanced networking and security capabilities.

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Unify Firewall Management

The convergence of security and networking closes security gaps and unifies management, ensuring consistent security policies across all firewall deployments.

Data Center Firewalls

Safeguard critical infrastructure and sensitive data while establishing a solid defense perimeter to prevent unauthorized access and protect against malicious attacks. Data center firewalls inspect and filter north/south and east/west network traffic, detecting and stopping threats to enhance the overall security posture, while offering scalability and performance optimizations to ensure uninterrupted availability for data-intensive applications and services.

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Distributed Edge Firewalls

Provide security at network edges by deploying firewalls closer to endpoints for immediate threat protection, minimizing potential damage by preventing lateral movement of threats and securing remote sites. The distributed nature enhances network performance, reduces latency, and optimizes traffic routing. Enforcing consistent security policies across multiple locations improves overall network resilience.

Cloud Firewalls

Protect cloud-based infrastructure and applications with a scalable and centralized security solution that safeguards against external threats and unauthorized access. A cloud-native design seamlessly integrates with cloud platforms for dynamic scaling and agility to enforce security policies, monitor traffic, and detect anomalies. Bolster overall security posture while being flexibile and cost-effective. 

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Universal ZTNA

Universal ZTNA is delivered as part of our FortiGate Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW), making it uniquely flexible, covering users whether remote or in the office. Universal ZTNA capabilities are automatically enabled on any device or service running FortiOS 7.0 and higher. This includes hardware appliances, virtual machines in clouds, and the FortiSASE service.

Universal SASE

FortiSASE delivers a comprehensive solution to enable consistent security posture for users both on and off the network, while simplifying security policy management. Our single-vendor SASE solution offers a full set of networking and security capabilities including SWG, Universal ZTNACASBFWaaS, and secure SD-WAN integration—all managed with one UI.

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