Fortinet Boosts Asia-Pacific Focus on OT and Critical Infrastructure Security


Fortinet, a leading global cybersecurity firm spearheading the integration of networking and security, has underscored its dedication to enhancing security in operational technology (OT) and critical infrastructure (CI) sectors by officially announcing Michael Murphy's leadership in steering cybersecurity efforts across the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region.

Michael Murphy, director, operational technology and critical infrastructure, APAC, Fortinet, said, “Fortinet is focused on proactively anticipating and neutralising threats before they can impact CI. Fortinet’s strategic investments in technology and talent keep it ahead of the curve, ensuring robust protection for its clients’ OT and CI environments. Fortinet’s initiatives are also tailored to address the escalating demand for enhanced security measures in these sectors, driven by legislative changes globally, including in Australia, India, New Zealand, and Singapore”.

Over the last year, OT and CI environments globally have faced targeted attacks from threat actors, leading to notable consequences. Fortinet proactively tackles the challenges encountered by these sectors by prioritizing innovation, forming strategic partnerships, and maintaining a strong dedication to CI security.

Nikki Saunders, regional cybersecurity business lead, APAC, Schneider Electric, said, “The partnership Schneider Electric has built with Fortinet in the APAC region has gone from strength to strength over the past two years as the organizations continue to collaborate and complement each other’s areas of expertise, delivering the best possible outcomes for their customers".

“Fortinet provides Schneider Electric with tools to design, implement, manage, and maintain a secure OT environment for its customers. In addition to the technology, the partnership lets Schneider Electric bridge the IT/OT gap, maximize return on investment for its customers, and ensure a resilient, sustainable, available, and reliable OT environment, without compromise”.

Michael Murphy said, “Fortinet has also augmented its team methodically by onboarding individuals with strong OT backgrounds, each bringing invaluable insights from direct experiences on the plant floor and in generation sites. This targeted recruitment effort is complemented by Fortinet’s commitment to professional development, with the company actively upskilling existing team members to deepen their understanding of OT complexities".

“Fortinet’s strategy is informed by a thorough understanding of compliance requirements, positioning the organization as a leader ready to tackle the unique challenges of OT and CI security with innovative solutions and collaborative efforts. By staying ahead of global trends and legislative changes, Fortinet is not just responding to the present; it’s actively shaping the future of cybersecurity in the OT and CI domains”.

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