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The 2021 Tech Innovator Awards

Kyle Alspach

From among 373 applicants, CRN staff selected products spanning the IT industry—including in cloud, infrastructure, security, software and devices—that offer both strong differentiation and major partner opportunities.

Network Security - Enterprise


Fortinet FortiOS 7.0

With its FortiOS 7.0 operating system, Fortinet has rolled out more than 300 new features including zero trust network access (ZTNA) for remote access and application control. The capability allows for “out of the box” deployment of ZTNA—reducing the attack surface, hiding key applications from the web and improving user experience. Through the update, Fortinet says it’s now the only company to offer ZTNA that is firewall-based. Other key additions in FortiOS 7.0 include improved security consistency using secure access service edge (SASE) capabilities; self-healing SD-WAN; enhanced wireless network performance; optimizations for performance and security in multi-cloud deployments; and improvements to Fortinet’s web protection solution that are focused on securing work-from-home.


Appgate SDP Clientless

With the Appgate Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) platform, one-to-one connections between users and resource locations can be created—while identity-focused, network-level access policies can be dynamically enforced. The platform ultimately provides access to protected resources that is clientless and browser-based.

Fastly Security Pro Pack

The Fastly Security Pro Pack is a web application firewall offering, which provides protection against cyber attacks through detecting and blocking malicious traffic without the need for rules tuning. The offering—available on the AWS Marketplace, including through AWS Consulting Partners—ultimately provides scale for protection of web applications and APIs.

Gigamon ThreatINSIGHT Guided-SaaS NDR

Bringing together network detection and response capabilities with human expertise, the Gigamon ThreatINSIGHT Guided-SaaS NDR offers deep visibility into the network activity of all devices, advanced detection of adversary behavior, and threat hunting and investigation—ultimately accelerating incident response.

Infoblox 3.0

With Infoblox 3.0, the company’s Network Identity Operating System (NIOS) on-premises solution comes together with two cloud-native platforms from the vendor—BloxOne DDI and BloxOne Threat Defense. Unifying the platforms allows customers to get the benefits of both on-premises and cloud, such as reliability and scalability, for their network and security needs.

SonicWall Gen 7 Network Security appliance (NSa) Series

For Gen 7 of its Network Security appliance Series, SonicWall offers strong performance and port density along with capabilities such as malware analysis, inspection of encrypted traffic and URL filtering. Additional networking features include high availability, dynamic and virtual routing, and SD-WAN.

Kyle Alspach

Kyle Alspach is a Senior Editor at CRN focused on cybersecurity. His coverage spans news, analysis and deep dives on the cybersecurity industry, with a focus on fast-growing segments such as cloud security, application security and identity security.  He can be reached at

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