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NTT Fortifies Security with Fortinet

February 04, 2015

  By Maurice Nagle, TMCnet Web Editor

The buzz surrounding cloud migration may mean higher adoption, but as the line from Spider Man goes, “With great power comes great responsibility.” And as more and more providers are cloud-bound with offerings, security must stay top of mind. Reports on the need for greater security are released at frightening pace today, one provider taking this threat quite seriously is NTT (News - Alert) Communications as it announced today that it has partnered with Fortinet to secure NTT’s cloud managed services.

Fortinet is well known for its high performance cybersecurity solutions, in particular its FortiGate VM virtual network security appliance and FortiGuard subscription services will now be providing protection for NTT’s Enterprise Cloud and Wide Angle services.

"NTT Com has set the Global Cloud Vision and been providing optimized cloud environment to our customers globally since 2011. With the number of customers using our cloud services increasing, further tightening cloud security is critical," said Akira Arima, President and CEO of NTT Communications. "By partnering with the world's top security appliance vendor Fortinet (News - Alert), NTT Com offers one-stop service to customers so that they can use the cloud flexibly and securely."

The added FortiGate-VM is an optional offering, and each appliance offers protection from specific  threats as well as being easily scaled to an organization’s needs. To ensure optimum security, Fortinet’s offerings receive updates that include attack signatures based on Fortinet research, as they have more than 200 researchers tasked with threat analysis and developing countermeasures. This proactive defense includes covert surveillance of malware and botnets, signature generation, reverse malware engineering as well as zero-day attack analysis.

"We are honored that the virtual model of FortiGate, our flagship network security appliance protecting many of the world's largest organizations in the world, can tighten the security for the cloud service offered by NTT Communications (News - Alert)," said Ken Xie, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Fortinet. "I am very pleased to achieve this key milestone in our eight-year partnership with NTT Com. Many users are now using cloud for flexibility, scalability and cost optimization. Fortinet can offer the same security functions in both hardware and virtual appliances. We will continue to strengthen technical development to secure cloud and SDN environments."

Technology offers amazing capabilities for the enterprise today, the various tools that a unified communications (UC) solution has to offer can help the enterprise do some amazing things. Unfortunately, IP communications and enterprise data have become a target of note for the ‘bad guys,’ so protection must be paramount.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi
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