Eliminating security weaknesses: What is proactive data protection? | #ACCELERATE2017


In today’s digital business climate, data trust is perhaps the most important part of the business, according to Drew Del Matto, CFO of Fortinet Inc. “I think it’s just core to value creation, because it’s as simple as if you think you’re putting information out there, and you think somebody’s going to get to it, then you may not put the information out there,” he said.

Del Matto recently sat down with Lisa Martin (@Luccazara) and Peter Burris (@plburris), co-hosts of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s mobile live streaming studio, during Fortinet Accelerate 2017 in Las Vegas, to talk about data, its architecture, and building trust and value. (*Disclosure below.)

Once information is “out there,” people find all sorts of uses for it. With a special focus on healthcare, Del Matto discussed some of the ways in which data can find new life after its initial creation. “Many people aggregate data that they use and sell back to you in some way … and that’s a very valuable story,” he noted.

With apps and developers, as well as end users, coming up with further usages for it, the value of data is hard to overstate. “I think of data as an asset,” Del Matto said. “I think that I want to have it. I want to know how to protect it. I want an architecture that’s proactive, that is driven by the business but complemented by a secure architecture so that I know people know that I have digital trust.”

Filling the gaps

Addressing “the vectors that we all hear everyday,” such as IoT, mobility, more cloud options and more data in general, Del Matto also discussed some of the needs currently lacking in enterprise Acknowledging that many “siloed business units” devise their own architecture, while also dealing with the inexperience of their developers, many of whom are fresh out of college, he highlighted effective architecture as one of the key ways in which these companies can stay competitive.

“It’s always investment forward,” Del Matto stated. “Think about the investment: Does it provide the right type of return? And I don’t see how anyone can argue [against the idea] that in this dawn of data … that trust is at the core, and investing in that trust is a great idea.”

He continued: “What I really want to do is build an infrastructure that drives my business so that I can participate in a big way where the economy is going, and that’s about data and analytics.” In his analysis, Fortinet Security Fabric is tailored to meeting those needs.

Watch the complete video interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE and theCUBE’s coverage of Fortinet Accelerate 2017. (*Disclosure: Fortinet Inc. and other companies sponsor some Accelerate 2017 segments on SiliconANGLE Media’s theCUBE. Neither Fortinet nor other sponsors have editorial control over content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)

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