Mar 10, 2021

Fortinet: Security-Driven Networking

Lumen
Fortinet
Daniel Brightmore
3 min
Fortinet: Security-Driven Networking
Empowering the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organizations around the world with intelligent, seamless protection...

The Fortinet Security Fabric architecture can deliver security without compromise to address the most critical challenges, whether in networked, application, cloud, or mobile environments.

“We’ve driven the evolution from point defence products via integration to what are now unified platforms across the prevention technology stack, the detection stack and the response stack,” explains Jonathan Nguyen-Duy, Vice President of Fortinet’s Global Field CISO Team. “These three pillars are the foundation of our cybersecurity offering.”

Fortinet can meet the demands of an ever-expanding attack surface, giving enterprises the power to take on the ever-increasing performance requirements of the borderless network - today and into the future.

Convergence

The latest research shows 80% of all attacks that lead to breaches and major disruptions, could have been mitigated through simple digital media controls. “Wherever we have large enterprise environments, we see gaps of visibility and control and those gaps are due to the complexity of the environment,” explains Nguyen-Duy. “Fortinet’s broad integrated and automated approach helps manage the complexity IT teams see each day enabling them to improve cybersecurity.”

Nguyen-Duy believes networking, security and application performance need to be working in a tight holistic fashion to deliver the business outcomes and end user experience service providers like Lumen are focused on for their customers. Fortinet offers support to provide that foundation with out of the box solutions for the convergence of security and networking irrespective of where an enterprise or small to medium business is on its journey.

Automation

Today’s operating environment sees teams almost overwhelmed by too many alerts on too many devices, on too many management consoles… “As prevention, detection and response technologies mature, leveraging artificial intelligence will allow us to automate workflows so we’re better able to identify and mitigate threats with greater accuracy and speed,” says Nguyen-Duy.

“The challenges of a COVID-19 world have accelerated this process. Fortinet is prepared to support companies as they move more towards digital transformation and contactless commerce, and we see the emergence of the software defined enterprise with an operating environment which is only going to become more and more complex. If you think we were stretched going into 2020, 2021 is going to show a much higher level of complexity as we really embrace digital transformation,” maintains Nguyen-Duy.

“Security needs to be wherever the computer is, meaning wherever the data's being processed, wherever it's being stored. For Fortinet, that means end-to-end solutions on the LAN edge, the WAN edge and the Cloud edge, in whichever form factor makes sense for that business, whether it’s a virtual machine, a cloud delivered service or consumption and licensing models. We provide this integrated fabric of technologies with over 400 other vendors spanning 3,200 products. Out of the box, enterprises can access an ecosystem of technologies all designed to work together so that the operator can focus on operating the technology rather than integrating it. It’s the key to moving the industry forward…”

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Jun 18, 2021

Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking

APTIM
Intelliwave
3 min
Intelliwave Technologies outlines how it provides data and visibility benefits for APTIM

“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.

We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time  spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.

Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate. 

With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.

There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.

Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture. 

It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.

Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.

On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.

As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.

A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.

 

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