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Cyber attacks are growing in quantity and sophistication while virtualized environments are more connected with more endpoints resulting in a larger attack surface. To keep pace with these threats, organizations need advanced security that spans across physical and virtual environments.


This can be difficult for bootstrapped companies challenged to increase cyber security spending. Yet more than eight out of ten bank CIOs say that security is the top driver of spending in 2016 and by 2020, U.S. banks expect to spend $68 billion on cyber security.

It’s not just large organizations that are at risk. Smaller organizations with fewer than 1,000 employees are 1.5 times more likely to have a security breach than a large organization. And, 83 percent of these breaches take weeks—or longer—to discover.


Fortinet, a VLCM technology partner, has been recognized as a leader in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls. The Gartner Magic Quadrant identifies companies and products that not only deliver exceptional value today but are well-positioned to address future challenges.

Gartner’s recognition gives VLCM customers confirmation that its technology meets the needs of today’s firewall protection. Here’s are three reasons Gartner ranks it among the best:

  1. 1. Integration: Gartner applauds Fortinet’s Security Fabric as a unique approach to network security that coordinates security functions across the entire network, including wireless, mobile and cloud components. The Security Fabric is designed as a complete, unified solution that eliminates gaps and weaknesses in the network. This cross-device integration improves overall visibility of security and provides additional control options.

  2. 2. Reliability: Gartner notes that Fortinet continues to improve its products and that its hardware quality, information visibility and ease of deployment are suitable for both smaller organizations and the largest data centers.

  3. 3. Price: Fortinet excels in price/performance, with its combination of an extensive appliance portfolio, good total cost of ownership for bundles and a flexible discount strategy, says Gartner. As a result, Fortinet grows much faster than the market average.


Today’s disparate corporate infrastructures include networks, applications, data centers, cloud and multiple access points posing an increased cyber security threat. And since the environment is more complex and connected, organizations require integrated, end-to-end security that protects the entire business.

Traditional firewalls that stand between the router and the network simply do not provide the depth and breadth of protection modern networks require. Fortinet’s Security Fabric provides next-generation security that goes beyond closing ports and blocking hostile packets to include intrusion detection, SSL packet inspection and application-specific security. It also collects, coordinates and responds to threats without impacting network performance.


Organizations should demand that their cyber security technology provider partner with the best solutions available on the market. Independent evaluation and market analysis from firms like Gartner provide a basis for determining if a solution is trusted, reliable and state of the art. Reviews from customers should also be considered: On Gartner Peer Insights, Fortinet has four times as many peer reviews as the next-leading vendor, with 284 five-star reviews and a 4.6 out of 5 average rating.

As a Fortinet Partner, VLCM can help your organization benefit from next-generation firewall capabilities to more effectively address threats and network environments. Contact us to learn more.

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