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Security Minute: DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION; 2 MAJOR CHALLENGES SSL SOLVES

That speedy translation of data is a major concern for solution providers who are automating customers’ business processes—leveraging software-as-a-service and cloud-based applications. Security has to be a top priority.

Nearly a quarter of solution providers are building expertise around digital transformation, according to IPED Consulting Channelytics research. An even larger number are having active conversations about the concept. With that, comes new challenges.

“Everything’s online. But not only is it online, it’s stored in a manner that can easily be displayed back to the business,” says Jason Wright, national enterprise account manager at All Covered. “It’s about capturing data on the edge of the network and quickly translating that in a way that’s meaningful and can be applied for true change by the business.”

That speedy translation of data is a major concern for solution providers who are automating customers’ business processes—leveraging software-as-a-service and cloud-based applications.

“The applications are no longer contained in their environment, so they’re accessing those applications over a secure connection. And we’ve seen the amount of secure traffic increase, up to 75 to 85 percent of the total amount of traffic that’s out there,” says Carl Cayton, SE director for US Channel at Fortinet.

If you don’t have the ability to inspect that traffic, you’re blind to a hefty portion of what’s flying around in your network. So as you can imagine, security is another concern.

“Most of the traffic that’s out there, now, is encrypted, so you want to make sure that there’s nothing bad coming in or, in some cases, going out, because you could have a malware infection internally that’s phoning home. And, a lot of times that’s done through a secure connection,” says Cayton. That’s where Fortinet’s SSL inspection comes in. It’s the key your FortiGate uses to unlock encrypted sessions, see into encrypted packets, find threats and block them.

“Most firewall vendors have the ability to do SSL inspection to look into those encrypted streams, but not everybody has the ability to do it at high speeds,” says Cayton. “Sometimes we can deliver two, three, four, five times the performance that some of the legacy firewall vendors have.

We’ve tackled speed and security, but what about training. Fortinet has online tools that describe how to implement SSL inspection. There are also 650-plus field agents available to give you insight and recommendations, as you guide your customers’ through their business transformations.

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