The cyber threat landscape shows no sign of slowing down. Attacks are occurring more often, growing in sophistication, and leaving more victims in their wake, all whilst the attack surface continues to expand. SMBs are experiencing more cyber attacks than ever before – and many are not prepared!!

Exclusive Networks and Fortinet want to highlight some of the biggest threats to SMBs and explore the solutions available to companies in order to protect against growing threats.

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of cyber attacks are aimed at small businesses


Only 14% say they are capable of defending against them


Explore the threat vectors in more detail


What is Phishing?

A phishing attack is a type of cybersecurity threat that targets users directly through email, text, or direct messages. During one of these scams, the attacker will pose as a trusted contact to steal data like logins, account numbers, and credit card information.

The motivations for such malicious behaviour are usually financial. According to the 2020 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, 86% of the 3,950 breaches were financially motivated.

While email remains the most critical communications tool for business, it also, unfortunately, makes it the top threat vector, with the volume and sophistication of attacks ever increasing. There is a continuing severity and cost of phishing campaigns as a problem, and it is imperative for organisations to understand this phishing in order to combat email security issues.

Why Fortinet?

Email is a critical tool for everyday business communication and productivity. As attackers mount more sophisticated multi-vector campaigns against their targets, email security solutions must provide multi-layered protection.

With best-in-class performance validated by independent testing firms, Fortinet’s email security solution – FortiMail delivers advanced multi-layered protection against the full spectrum of email-borne threats. Powered by FortiGuard Labs threat intelligence and integrated into the Fortinet Security Fabric, FortiMail helps your organisation prevent, detect, and respond to email-based threats including spam, phishing, malware, zero-day threats, impersonation, and Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks.



What is ransomware?

Ransomware is a specific type of malware or malicious software that holds data hostage in exchange for a ransom. It threatens to publish, block, or corrupt data—or prevent a user from working or accessing their computer unless they meet the attacker’s demands.

While this ransomware meaning underscores the potency of attacks, such attacks are also increasing in frequency. In fact, the number of major ransomware cyberattack detections skyrocketed 820% in 2019, and they’re predicted to cost organizations around the globe $20 billion by 2021.

Why Fortinet?

With the Fortinet Security Fabric, you can block ransomware attacks, protecting all of your endpoints while securing your entire network’s entry points. Because the Security Fabric is powered by FortiGuard Labs, you have the most up-to-date security intelligence, ensuring you are prepared to stop new and emerging threats.

Learn more about the Security Fabric

Insider Threats

What are Insider Threats?

An insider threat is a type of cyberattack originating from an individual who works for an organisation or has authorised access to its networks or systems. An insider threat could be a current or former employee, consultant, board member, or business partner and could be intentional, unintentional, or malicious.

Typically, an insider threat in cybersecurity refers to an individual using their authorised access to an organisation’s data and resources to harm the company’s equipment, information, networks, and systems. It includes corruption, espionage, degradation of resources, sabotage, terrorism, and unauthorised information disclosure. It can also be a starting point for cyber criminals to launch malware or ransomware attacks.

Insider threats are increasingly costly for organisations. The Ponemon Institute’s 2020 Cost of Insider Threats research found that this form of attack cost an average of $11.45 million and that 63% of insider threats result from employee negligence.

Why Fortinet?

FortiSIEM provides SOC teams with the centralised visibility that is needed to better manage a variety of rapidly changing security, performance, and compliance needs within complex multi-vendor ecosystems. Unlike other SIEMs, FortiSIEM delivers on-board security process automation to provide the rich risk context necessary to efficiently drive FortiSIEM’s security analytics.

The combination of FortiSIEM’s patented real-time cross-correlation engine, market leading threat intelligence, dynamic user identity mapping, and user and entity behavior anamoly detection puts FortiSIEM on the forefront of leveraging advanced security analytics to detect attacks earlier, while also uncovering previously unknown methods and tactics post-incident.Use these Fortinet-approved copy blocks on your website, social media, or marketing materials.


Weak Passwords

What’s the problem?

According to the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, 81% of breaches leveraged either stolen and/or weak passwords. That problem is compounded because one of the biggest risks to data security is the reuse of passwords across accounts. If one of your accounts is compromised and your username and password are posted on the dark web, cyber criminals who know how often passwords are reused will simply begin to plug that information into other possible accounts until they unlock one that uses the exact same credentials.

This is a common risk, as 83% of people have admitted to reusing passwords across multiple sites. Even if you think it is safe to reuse passwords on accounts that don’t house sensitive data – a breach there can be used as an entryway to move laterally across networks in search of critical business data or personally identifiable information (PII).

Why Fortinet?

Many of today’s most damaging security breaches have been due to compromised user accounts and passwords exacerbated by groups of users being provided with inappropriate levels of access. Securely and effectively managing identity authentication and authorisation policies for all systems and applications is crucial to protect against security breaches.

Fortinet IAM products provide the services necessary to securely confirm the identities of users and devices as they enter the network. With our robust identity access management solution, you can control and manage identity to securely allow the right users to only the appropriate resources:

  • FortiAuthenticator – protects against unauthorised access to corporate resources by providing centralised authentication services for the Fortinet Security Fabric, including single sign-on services, certificate management, and guest access management.
  • FortiToken – further confirms the identity of individual users by adding a second factor to the authentication process through physical or mobile-application tokens.
  • FortiToken Cloud – offers multi-factor authentication (MFA) as a service. Organisations can use its intuitive dashboard to manage MFA.

Learn more:

FortiAuthenticator  FortiToken  FortiToken Cloud


 Exclusive Networks: Your Fortinet Distributor of Choice

Exclusive Networks have been partnered with Fortinet for more than 15 years and are therefore well equipped to accelerate your growth with Fortinet

We are a global trusted cybersecurity specialist and our distinctive approach to distribution gives partners more opportunity and more customer relevance

End-to-End Service Portfolio

We can offer support throughout the customer buying journey, from designing a customer solution, to implementation, through to end of life

Expert Technical Resources

We maintain a 2:1 ratio of technical engineers to sales, offering partners a vast pool or expert resource to leverage to assist in sales opportunities

Omnichannel consumption

We provide a broad range of payment options – from leasing to subscriptions – enabling the end user to procure technology in a way that suits them

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We service customers in more than 170 countries, providing the scale and reach where your capabilities may not allow you to do so

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