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Building and managing networks is hard. It requires specialized skills and training, especially today, when networks must be designed to automatically adapt to the constant pressures of digital acceleration.

Ironically, this is one of the reasons why so many security products fail to interoperate with the network. Most security developers only have a basic grasp of modern networking, which is why legacy security solutions struggle to adequately protect today's dynamic networks.

This fundamental lack of expertise is also why so many security vendors have been quick to declare that the network-and by extension, the firewall-is dead. They have wrongly assumed that because so many applications and services have been moved to the cloud that the network as we know it is a dinosaur. Nothing could be further from the truth.

World Password Day is a reminder for users to update weak or old passwords to ensure personal and corporate information security.

As cyber threats continue to evolve and bad actors develop new attack techniques, a good cybersecurity posture requires more than just a strong password to avoid compromise.

As many employees continue to work remotely from anywhere or even in a hybrid model, it's critical that they have strong passwords for all platforms as they no longer have the same level of on-site IT and security support to help.

FortiGate serves as the foundation of the industry's most comprehensive converged platform, powered by custom ASICs, integrated AI-powered security services, and FortiOS everywhere

Fortinet announced a suite of new FortiGate appliances that features ASIC-based performance acceleration and integrated AI-powered FortiGuard Security Services to support campus, branch, and hybrid data center environments. The new FortiGate 600F, FortiGate 3700F, and FortiGate 70F each feature Security Compute Ratings that offer better performance than competitive offerings. This means organizations that choose FortiGate realize better ROI, more scale to protect against advanced threats, and realize better user experience with a converged networking and security platform.

Product revenue of $371.0 million, up 54% year over year

Fortinet, a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

'We delivered better than expected first quarter revenue growth of 34% year over year, driven by record quarterly product revenue growth of 54% year over year. The outstanding results we achieved reflect exceptionally strong demand across our broad portfolio of cybersecurity and networking solutions as our teams skillfully navigated the challenging supply chain environment. At the same time, we improved visibility to our future business by increasing backlog by $116 million in the first quarter,' said Ken Xie, Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer.

'Fortinet's industry leading operating system, FortiASIC SPU, and core platform innovations are geared towards making our customers' entire infrastructure more secure. We have prioritized providing integrated security products on a single operating system and converging networking functionality with security capabilities.'

Most organizations used traditional hub-and-spoke network model for connecting branch offices with data centers.

Unfortunately, this type of network architecture is quickly becoming obsolete with the emergence of the hybrid, work-from-anywhere (WFA) workforce and much more distributed computing. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated digital transformation and drove employees to work remotely, away from a traditional workplace, and many are now functioning like "branches of one" and hybrid work models.

This development means network edges have dramatically expanded. The shift from traditional enterprise perimeters to remote work and cloud adoption means users now need consistent networking and security performance from any location, on any device, using any access methodology. At many organizations, user productivity is suffering because traditional network architectures simply cannot fully support remote workers need to access cloud-based network resources. The practical need for consistent, high networking, security and computing performance across LAN, WAN, data center and cloud edges is a big reason why networking and security must converge to meet the needs of today's workforce.

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