Empowering the API Fortress Using FortiWeb Cloud WAF as a Service With Fortinet

At Cloud Field Day, Fortinet showcased their FortiWeb Cloud WAF as a Service, positioning it as a trailblazer for bolstering web application and API security in the face of an ever-present digital threat landscape. This sponsored article by Chris Hildebrandt discusses this customer-focused solution, which stands out for its machine learning engine that intelligently learns and documents API structures, enabling it to draft specific security policies and swiftly identify high-priority threats. FortiWeb™ Cloud WAF-as-a-Service epitomizes a proactive approach to cybersecurity, offering a unified view across environments and actionable insights to optimize security postures for SOCs.


The Importance of a Web Application Firewall With Fortinet

At Cloud Field Day, Fortinet underscored the critical role of Web Application Firewalls (WAFs) in safeguarding enterprise applications, as demonstrated in a live hack simulation on a drone control app. In this sponsored article, Jeffrey Powers discusses FortiWeb Cloud WAF, a defender against sophisticated threats, highlighting its ability to identify and thwart attacks such as SQL injection and cross-site scripting to protect daily web operations. With the growing deployment of web applications across various sectors, including drone technology, Fortinet’s solutions like FortiSOAR and FortiAnalyzer are vital in offering proactive, machine learning-driven response strategies to maintain security and operational integrity.


Elevating Cloud SOC by Leveraging Fortinet’s Automation and Intelligence

Fortinet’s presentation at Cloud Field Day highlighted its commitment to evolving Security Operations Centers (SOCs) through automation and intelligence, exemplified by their flagship FortiSOAR solution. Designed to predict and prevent attacks proactively, FortiSOAR simplifies playbook creation with a no-code, drag-and-drop interface and integrates seamlessly with over 500 tools. The solution’s capacity to scale security operations by automating decision-making and incident response positions FortiSOAR as a transformative force for SOCs to become more agile and efficient in the face of complex cyber threats.


Unlocking Developer Efficiency With Self-Service Dev Portals and RackN

In this article for Gestalt IT, Adam Fisher concludes his series focused on RackN, IT Ops, and infrastructure provisioning and management. With RackN’s Digital Rebar platform, IT Ops can bring infrastructure operations back under their control, freeing developers from infrastructure concerns and enabling them to focus on applications. Integrating Digital Rebar with self-service developer portals allows for consistent and compliant infrastructure provisioning, enhancing developer efficiency and loyalty, while ensuring security, cost control, and alignment with organizational standards. The collaboration between IT Ops and developers facilitated by RackN ultimately drives innovation and improves business competitiveness.


Infrastructure Pipelines Become Reality With RackN Digital Rebar

In this Cloud Field Day Tech Note for RackN, Adam Fisher explores how Digital Rebar empowers IT Ops with consistency, efficiency, and flexibility in managing modern data centers. Infrastructure pipelines, enabled by RackN’s Digital Rebar, streamline infrastructure provisioning and management, allowing for faster time to value and improved collaboration between teams. With multi-site management and IaC catalogs, IT Ops can achieve operational control and standardization across their organization’s infrastructure deployments. Learn more about RackN’s solutions and watch their presentations from Cloud Field Day!


RackN Brings Bare Metal Into the Cloud Age

Adam Fisher, in this Day Tech Note presented by RackN, discusses how RackN’s Digital Rebar has changed the infrastructure mindset by bringing modern cloud automation to traditional infrastructure. As cloud adoption increases, IT practitioners need to adapt their skillsets beyond traditional silos and embrace the agility and scalability of the public cloud in enterprise infrastructure. Digital Rebar enables centralized, end-to-end infrastructure-as-code workflows for bare metal provisioning, allowing infrastructure teams to manage, update, and scale bare metal systems with ease. Read more at Gestalt IT!


RackN Bridges the Gap Between People and Platforms

Adam Fisher discusses the power of Digital Rebar from RackN in this Tech Note, the first of a series sponsored by RackN. With technology evolving rapidly, the need for automation in deploying applications at scale has become crucial. RackN’s Digital Rebar serves as a reliable automation platform that empowers IT Ops to effectively manage infrastructure in the modern era, bridging the gap between people and platforms.


Segmentation Is a Key Edge Building Block with Mako Networks

In this Gestalt IT Tech Note, Brian Chambers discusses the importance of segmentation in operating edge environments at scale. He emphasizes that while edge environments resemble cloud architectures, they also face unique challenges, such as lack of on-site staff and poor physical security. Chambers highlights how effective network segmentation can improve performance, enhance security, and enable better network traffic management. He explores the role of segmentation in various industries, particularly retail, and emphasizes the need for a capable partner like Mako Networks to provide effective segmentation services in edge computing solutions. Read this article, sponsored by Mako Networks, to learn more about edge connectivity.


Seeing Through Hybrid Multi-Cloud With Forward Networks

In this Tech Note article at Gestalt IT, Justin Warren discusses the challenges of securing cloud environments in the world of hybrid multi-cloud. He emphasizes that full visibility and understanding of network configurations are crucial for effective security. Forward Networks, known for network observability, offers a solution that simplifies the complex topology of cloud environments, provides consistent visibility across networks, and enables operators to ask the right security questions. Warren highlights the importance of combining existing techniques with new methods to navigate the diversity of environments and avoid overwhelming complexity. Read more in this article, which was sponsored by Forward Networks.


StorPool – Storage Delivery With Commodity Hardware the Right Way!

In this Gestalt IT Tech Note, Chris Childerhose discusses how StorPool is disrupting the storage scene with its software-defined storage solution. The platform overcomes the challenges faced by IT teams by allowing the use of any hardware while managing it homogeneously. With broad compatibility and being a fully-managed storage solution, StorPool aims to meet the needs of various sectors, including private/public clouds and managed service providers. Its unique architecture, data integrity, scalability, and hardware-agnostic approach set it apart in the storage market, offering cost savings and simplifying datacenter design. Rear more in this article, sponsored by StorPool Storage!


Easy, Verified M&A With Forward Networks

Forward Networks can ease the process of integrating networks after a merger or acquisition, regardless of the platforms or deployments. The company builds a digital twin of an environment and collects information to model the network and provide comparison capabilities between points in time, ensuring better observability and pinpointing changes in the environment. Forward Networks supports data collection from all major cloud providers and most network security device manufacturers, which ensures path observability from end to end in multi-cloud, hybrid cloud, cloud-only, and on-premises-only deployments, while its Network Query Engine allows for positive or negative verification of intent. In this article, sponsored by Forward Networks, Remington Loose provides a look at this unique aspect of their solution.


Catchpoint BGP Monitoring

Catchpoint’s BGP Monitoring helps organizations track their networks and ensure they function at optimal levels. BGP is a complicated routing protocol used to provide information to several organizations on the web in terms of their routing peers, and each has an assigned Autonomous System Number (ASN). By monitoring such information, Catchpoint uses data center, ISP, and public route collectors to examine BGP performance, offering an overview of maintenance and usage costs, and displays charts and train tracks diagrams to highlight any issues. Catchpoint’s BGP dashboards provide useful, actionable, and straightforward information that is beneficial to clients. This article, sponsored by Catchpoint, is a follow-up to Peter Welcher’s previous discussion of their Networking Field Day presentation.


Multi-Cloud Security Requires Multi-Cloud Observability With Forward Networks

Network observability, which includes real-time contextual data for in-depth analysis towards securing resilient networks in today’s rapidly evolving digital world, is crucial for businesses. However, lack of a unified visibility solution across various cloud platforms makes observability harder to achieve in multi-cloud environments. Forward Networks took a proactive approach and deployed cloud digital twin observability into major cloud platforms, extending their cutting-edge digital twin technology to increase multi-cloud observability and security. The company’s solutions offer deep observability and enhance security through tools like Path, Posture, and Blast Radius. This article by Chris Grundemann, sponsored by Forward Networks, provides more insight following their appearance at Cloud Field Day 16.


Mako Networks – a World-Class PCI-Certified Network-As-A-Service Ecosystem

Mako Networks presented its own hardware and software as a service for retail edge at the recent Edge Field Day event, and this sponsored article by Ben Young dives deep into this concept. The company has made strides in the distributed retail enterprise business in North America and Europe, thanks to its all-in-one ecosystem. Mako technology is PCI-certified, making it a no-brainer choice for organizations that require ready compliance at the network layer, centralized management, and bulk configuration functionality.


Defending Against the Widening Threat Landscape With Racktop BrickStor SP

Despite smaller businesses believing they are not significant targets for ransomware attacks, they are increasingly vulnerable with 62% of information security incidents targeting the top 2.1% of businesses, according to public records. RackTop’s BrickStor SP (Security Platform) provides easy and automatic cyberstorage solutions for SMBs and large organizations alike, not only encrypting data and creating a rolling snapshot of every file but also providing high-speed monitoring for unusual activity to detect data modifications such as those in ransomware attacks. BrickStor SP’s scalability makes it a fitting solution for any businesses, regardless of their size or net growth. This Gestalt IT Tech Note, sponsored by RackTop, gives Jody Lemoine’s perspective.


Active Defense Against Ransomware With RackTop Systems’ BrickStor SP

RackTop Systems’ BrickStor SP is an active cyberstorage solution safeguarding data assets against cybersecurity breaches. The software leverages a zero-trust architecture built on continuous validation before access grant. BrickStor SP’s data-centric zero-trust principle analyzes every user interaction for potential security alerts and provides real-time detection and quick response and recovery against threats such as insider theft and ransomware attacks through built-in encryption, policy-based key rotation and auditing, and user and entity behavior analysis. This article by Gerard Kavelines, sponsored by RackTop, explores BrickStor from the perspective of a network security expert.


RackTop BrickStor – Protecting Data Against Ransomware

Data storage and security solutions provider, RackTop Systems, has introduced its BrickStor Security Platform (SP) that is designed to cover both insider and external threats to prevent ransomware attacks that have become prevalent in recent months. Karen Lopes explores their Data-Centric Zero Trust Policy approach in this sponsored article. It evaluates user behavior, account permissions, file activity, metadata about files and the user, and other features to protect unstructured data for SMB and NFS file shares, thereby enabling speedy detection and lock-out that saves money and time for the resumption of normal operations. The platform also identifies user behavior anomalies with User and Entity Behavior Analysis and, once detected, stops all access by that user that was the weak point.


The Power of Expertise at Ventev

Tom Hollingsworth explores Ventev’s capabilities in wireless antennas and enclosures. The company has experts in IoT and industrial segments, and provides solutions for a variety of wireless challenges, including hostile environments. Ventev’s IoT solutions, such as the integrated enclosure solution that matches Aruba switches, include AC, DC power, and UPS, ensuring the network’s safety during power outages. The combination of expertise in research and data analysis, antenna designs, and power suggests that it may be worth consulting with Ventev for almost any wireless project.


Identity-Centric and Data-Centric Security With RackTop BrickStor

RackTop Systems’ BrickStor is a comprehensive cyberstorage solution that helps organizations secure their digital assets from ransomware attacks with an identity-centric and data-centric approach. This sponsored article by Chris Grundemann explores the system’s zero trust architectures for the effective authorization of subject and resource ensuring only approved access is granted. BrickStor’s active security platform uniquely intersects identity and data-centric security with encryption, policy-based key rotation, auditing, and UEBA and SOAR capabilities to begin securing data from day one, over unstructured data.


Mako Networks – Security-First Networking at the Edge

At Edge Field Day, Mako Networks demonstrated their comprehensive set of network appliances and services that include security gateways, managed switches, and access points, to solve networking problems in the retail sector. Their Mako system, consisting of wireless and wired technology components, was designed from the ground up to comply with the widely-accepted PCI DSS Level 1 security standard, addressing the unique challenges of the retail, healthcare, and MNSP industry verticals and emphasizing the importance of organizations protecting customer data. Mako’s focus on security and serving the specific needs of these industries differentiates their product, making it a must-have solution for organizations with critical governance and compliance needs. This sponsored Tech Note by Carl Fugate explores the Mako offerings.