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Fortinet buys out enSilo to bolster endpoint security portfolio

By Sara Barker
Mon 4 Nov 2019
FYI, this story is more than a year old

Fortinet has acquired a US-based endpoint security company enSilo as the company continues to flesh out its global security solutions.

Fortinet acquired enSilo for an undisclosed amount, however it is confident that the acquisition will strengthen Fortinet’s endpoint and network security solutions with advanced endpoint security.

EnSilo will bring security that offers solutions such as automated, real-time protections against threats, incident response services, code-tracing technologies, inter-operable agent across operating systems, security for the internet of things, and flexible deployment, including across cloud.

Fortinet founder and chairman of the board Ken Xie comments that the digital attack surface is growing and it’s becoming a more complex process to secure it.

“Manual threat hunting or point security solutions are ineffective when managing or securing these new environments. Instead security and the network need to be integrated and orchestrated to enable advanced threat containment at network speeds. In acquiring enSilo, we add automated, real-time detection, protection, and response enhancements to our Fortinet Security Fabric to further protect endpoints and corresponding edge data.”

Fortinet aims to offer customers additional security effectiveness through the integration of enSilo’s endpoint detection and response (EDR) technology with Fortinet’s FortiSIEM solution, as well as FortiInsight UEBA (user entity behaviour analytics) features, and FortiNAC solution.

Enterprises will gain endpoint visibility and tightly coordinated, dynamic control of network, user, and host activity within their environment. Likewise, MSSPs will be able to extract the full value of this combination and deliver a comprehensive and efficient managed detection and response (MDR) service.

“Together, enSilo and Fortinet share the commitment to solve customers’ most difficult challenges and to protect the endpoint and their corresponding operations and data. Now, enSilo brings its patented approach for advanced endpoint protection and response to Fortinet and its broad security portfolio,” says enSilo chief executive officer and founder Roy Katmor.

Fortinet also states that enSilo was already a Fortinet Security Fabric-ready partner before the acquisition. As such, it complements FortiGate Next-generation Firewalls, FortiSandbox, FortiSIEM and the FortiClient Fabric Agent, providing an additional detection and enforcement layer that helps organisations further reduce the time to detect, investigate, and remediate malicious attacks.

Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) senior analyst Dave Gruber also comments on the acquisition:

“According to ESG research, 76% of organisations find threat detection and response more difficult today than two years ago. Vendors like Fortinet are tackling this problem by constructing an integrated security platform across endpoints, network and cloud infrastructure. The move to natively add enSilo’s automated EDR capabilities to the Fortinet platform should improve and accelerate alert correlation, leading to faster threat detection and incident response.”

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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