FirstNet Technology Services, a First Technology Group company, has broadened its security portfolio offering to include endpoint detection and response (EDR). As a long-time Fortinet partner, FortiEDR was the natural choice.
Dave Campbell, product manager: cloud services at FirstNet, explains, “FirstNet holds an Advanced Level partner status with Fortinet. Its cloud and security services are underpinned by a range of Fortinet products, with the use of solutions including FortiGate, FortiAnalyzer, FortiManager, FortiEDR and FortiToken, the FirstNet and Fortinet partnership is a compelling offer for our customers.
“Because of FirstNet’s large base of existing FortiGate customers, both on-premises and hosted, it was a no-brainer to extend the company’s security offering using FortiEDR. It made perfect sense to be able to deliver an EDR solution that integrates into customers’ networks seamlessly.”
Campbell adds that the EDR partnership was facilitated with the assistance of Networks Unlimited, a Fortinet value-added distributor. “FirstNet has had a relationship with Networks Unlimited for over 15 years now,” he says. “They understand each other’s businesses and have together developed solutions for a number of clients.”
Stefan van de Giessen, general manager: cybersecurity at Networks Unlimited, reiterates: “EDR solutions exist to detect and respond to threats that exist in the network. EDR can analyse the nature of the threat and give your IT team information regarding how it was initiated, which parts of your network it has attacked, what it is currently doing and how to stop the attack. An EDR solution further protects your network by containing the threat and keeping it from spreading.”
EDR offers advantages over the traditional endpoint protection (EPP) solutions. Campbell explains, “Some traditional EPP products are simplistic and limited in scope compared to the modern EDR solutions. EPP is generally focused only on antivirus, which serves a purpose like scanning, detecting and removing known viruses and different types of malware.
“An EDR security system, on the other hand, serves a much larger role. EDR includes antivirus but also contains additional security tools, for example, the ability to not only remove viruses and malware, but to automate this process and to also roll back an endpoint to a state of pre-infection, or reducing the attack surface with risk-based proactive policies. EDR security solutions are more suited for the modern-day enterprise.”
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