Bridging the Gap Between Silos Requires Automated, Integrated Network & Security Operations

According to a recent Global Information Security Workforce Study, the cybersecurity workforce gap is expected to reach 1.8 million by 2022, where 66% of the respondents reported not having enough workers to address current threats. As IT increasingly supports complex applications that are spread across systems in multiple locations, from on-premises data centers to the public cloud, the workforce shortage and complexity of these new environments demands a new approach to security management.

Integration across security disciplines – not merely products – enables a greater level of visibility, control and operational management. Fortinet’s new NOC-SOC solution combines the latest capabilities of FortiManager, FortiAnalyzer and FortiSIEM, coalescing the operational context of the NOC, such as appliance status, network performance and application availability, with the security insights of the SOC, including breach identification, stopping data exfiltration, and uncovering compromised hosts.

This level of management and automation crosses traditional siloed functions, allowing each team to operate with the benefit of the other’s perspective. In this new model, once a threat is identified, the SOC teams have a real-time view of all assets, their current state and who owns them, allowing them to immediately understand the scope of the threat and automatically orchestrate action to remediate damage.

This intersection and overlap in operations and security is paramount for the defensive posture and risk management of today’s dynamic business environments. The new features and capabilities in the Fortinet Security Fabric that provide integrated NOC and SOC functionality include:

  • Centralized NOC-SOC Management: The latest release of FortiManager, Fortinet’s centralized security management, now natively manages FortiAnalyzer, incorporating all data, analysis, control and perspective in a single pane-of-glass view of NOC and SOC operations.
  • Comprehensive Security and Operations Visibility: FortiSIEM brings together the operational context of a full configuration management database (CMDB), including accurate, up-to-the-minute status on all assets, while proactively searching and adding new assets as they come online. Security teams now also benefit from a Fabric Topology within FortiManager and FortiAnalyzer, graphically displaying a map of current assets, their status and security threats. This NOC-SOC consolidated view of operations and security unlocks automation and enables security teams to act more quickly and efficiently.
  • Measurable Security Posture Assessments: Security Rating feature continuously evaluates Security Fabric elements to quantify the implementation of security best practices with suggestions on ways to improve operations across the NOC and SOC. Additionally, FortiAnalyzer tracks Security Ratings over time to indicate trends and prove return on investment of security initiatives, while also providing a comparison view of your security posture versus your industry peers, based on size or region.
  • Cross-silo Automation with ServiceNow: As a Fabric-Ready partner, ServiceNow is being integrated into NOC-SOC-based workflows to span operational silos. Security incidents created in FortiAnalyzer or FortiSIEM, with appropriate evidence and forensics added to the ticket, are automatically passed to ServiceNow Security Incident Response. Analysts working from the ServiceNow platform can determine how to resolve the incident and choose from a catalog of responses. Responses that require changes to device configuration are automatically implemented through FortiManager, thus closing the loop and seamlessly bridging the security and operation teams.