Fortinet's AI-Backed Tools Reshape Incident Management, Shrinking Response Time

Fortinet's AI-Backed Tools Reshape Incident Management, Shrinking Response Time

By Greg Tavarez

Fortinet stands as a catalyst in the cybersecurity space. With a mission to ensure security for individuals, devices and data across all contexts, the company boasts an expansive portfolio comprising over 50 enterprise-grade products, making cybersecurity accessible wherever needed and being trusted by over half a million customers.

Recently, Enterprise Strategy Group, or ESG, conducted an independent analysis on the benefits enjoyed by organizations through the implementation of Fortinet's security operations solutions, and it makes sense as to why Fortinet is widely trusted.

The analysis showcases notable improvements in detection, containment, investigation and response, accompanied by an impressive increase of up to 86% in operational efficiency among security teams. These enhancements translate into reduced cyber risks, heightened productivity and more effective resource allocation.

But ESG wanted to dig a bit deeper into the improvements that customers experience. Therefore, the analysis dissected the outcomes across three critical dimensions, elucidating the tangible impacts of Fortinet Security Operations solutions:

The first is early detection and prevention.

Organizations grappling with the challenge of identifying threats, which often took 168 hours, 21 business days, or sometimes went unnoticed entirely, now experience this process streamlined to less than an hour, and in some cases, mere seconds. This notable advancement owes its credit to Fortinet's suite of Early Detection and Prevention technologies, encompassing FortiEDR, FortiDeceptor, FortiRecon, FortiSandbox, and FortiNDR, all enhanced by AI and sophisticated behavioral analytics.

This cascade of improvements extends to the triage duration, which has dwindled from eight hours to 10 minutes, while containment efforts have been compressed from an average of 4.2 hours to a brief one-minute period, all driven by Fortinet's integrated approach.

Second, let’s look at Fortinet’s Central Analytics and Response Automation.

The labor-intensive endeavor of investigating threats, once a six-hour process, has been reduced to one minute, or even less, thanks to the synergy of Fortinet's CARA components. Comprising FortiAnalyzer, FortiSIEM, FortiXDR, FortiSOAR, and complemented by managed detection and response services, these components introduce insight-driven automation.

The ramifications are evident as the time taken for threat remediation has been condensed from an average of 12.5 hours to 5 to 10 minutes in most cases.

Lastly there is training and preparation.

Fortinet's comprehensive training for end-users and analysts has delivered palpable results in preparedness and defense. Instances of succumbing to phishing attacks have witnessed a drop, with 84% reduction in users falling for harmful link clicks.

The implications are broader, as the cybersecurity education not only enhances incident readiness but also accelerates onboarding, leading to amplified productivity, efficiency, and capabilities among security teams.

In addition, ESG's analysis highlights that Fortinet's EDP technologies could reduce incident-related time by 86%, equivalent to evading an annual cost of $993,000. The inclusion of Fortinet CARA technologies could amplify these savings to 99%, sparing an annual operational expense of $1.14 million.

The report further anticipates that Fortinet solutions could diminish the average risk exposure by 97% with EDP alone and 99% with both EDP and CARA combined, resulting in an anticipated cost avoidance of cyberattacks of about $1.3 million.

When these productivity enhancements, cost savings and risk avoidance calculations converge, the investment payback timeframe narrows down to one to 2.5 months for Fortinet EDP and an even swifter one to 1.7 months for the combined EDP and CARA implementation.

“To secure the rapidly expanding attack surface against accelerating cyberthreats, enterprises must deploy cybersecurity solutions that leverage artificial intelligence at the heart of an integrated cybersecurity platform,” said John Maddison, Chief Marketing Officer and EVP of Product Strategy. “We’re pleased that ESG has quantified the dramatic benefits of Fortinet’s approach to security operations, helping enterprises make informed decisions about the advantage of automated incident detection and containment, as well as broader investigation and response.”




Edited by Alex Passett
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