Wednesday, 15 September 2021 11:39

Fortinet invests in FGIIC data centre to beef security

Fortinet invests in FGIIC data centre to beef security Jon McGettigan

Cybersecurity company Fortinet has recently completed its investment in the Federal Government Integration and Innovation Centre in Canberra, which is set to open in the fourth quarter of 2021.

According to Fortinet, the FGIIC data centre is housed within a certified Zone 5 facility in accordance with the Security Construction and Equipment Committee (SCEC) requirements, which ensures businesses and government agencies that it is a sovereign and secure facility, rated to top secret, for integration testing and evaluation.

The FGIIC offers enterprises and government agencies Fortinet equipment so they can evaluate and develop network solutions and de-risk project objectives.

Partners seeking to develop solutions can also use the data centre.

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The FGIIC also offers both virtual and physical security to protect innovation. This investment forms a key pillar of Fortinet’s ongoing focus on improving cybersecurity for all organisations in the face of rapidly increasing cyberthreats.

Fortinet regional director Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific Islands Jon McGettigan says the investment in the FGIIC demonstrates commitment to secure and sovereign solutions.

“It’s just the first step of investment as Fortinet continues to ramp up support for the federal government sector by expanding Platform-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service offerings,” McGettigan adds. “The FGIIC supports local industry and provides access to enterprise cybersecurity technologies so organisations can design, develop, and deliver solutions for government and supporting industries.”

Among the FGIIC’s capabilities is the ability to conduct data network testing including cyberattack testing at up to 100GBps.

Fortinet says this will let customers and government agencies design, develop, and deliver scalable solutions to address cloud and edge IT architectures. This will support current market trends for the adoption of cloud gateways, secure access security edge, and virtual secure internet gateways.

Fortinet federal government enterprise solution architect manager Tom Scully says the Fortinet FGIIC is “built to the highest physical and electronic security standards with access only granted to authorised and verified users.”

“It provides an exciting opportunity for customers and partners alike to research and trial solutions and ideas with reduced time to market,” he says.

The FGIIC features approximately 2TB of RAM virtual compute capability, 100Gbps throughput testing capability including breach attack simulation and dual redundant 100Mbps internet connections. It offers up to 12kW of redundant power and 84 RU of rack space with the ability to support additional chassis, leveraging Fortinet’s systems technology to provide additional capacity for partners.

The FGIIC also houses a virtual lab and customer experience centre. There is additional rack space available to support future FortiGuard services or proofs-of-concept that require Fortinet or third-party equipment including chassis-based carrier grade systems.

“Over the past 24 months, Fortinet has seen significant demand for the development of secure and sovereign solutions that can be deployed in closed network scenarios. Locally, Fortinet has invested heavily in its product development teams,” Scully recalls.

“Organisations can use the FGIIC customer experience centre in collaboration with Fortinet. An organisation wanting a secure email gateway to meet federal government requirements can access the environment and build, break, or destroy the solution to ensure it is safe and fit for purpose. This capability can host up to 100 customers at a time,” Scully says.

Accenture recently reported Australia was the third most targeted country in the world by cyberattackers in the first six months of 2021.

According to Accenture’s report, the volume of cyber intrusion activity globally jumped 125% in the first half of 2021 compared to the same period last year.

Recognising the increasing threat, Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews, Minister for Defence Peter Dutton, and Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne released a joint statement saying: “Protecting Australia from malicious cyberactivity—be it by state actors or cybercriminals—requires a continuous improvement approach to cybersecurity practices across all levels of society including government, business and households.”

“The cyberthreat landscape is continuing to expand and all Australian entities are at risk. Developing secure solutions that protect Australian interests is vital. Fortinet is investing in the future of Australia’s security and will continue to innovate in this space,” McGettigan concludes.

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