Phil Quade, CISO at Fortinet. PHOTO: Cybercrime Magazine.

Fortinet’s Phil Quade On Securing The Cloud, IoT Devices, And IT Infrastructure

A 34-year NSA Veteran’s Views on Cybersecurity

Steven T. Kroll

Northport, N.Y. – Jun. 3, 2019

“Cybersecurity is a way of serving our country,” says Phil Quade, CISO at Fortinet — a top-rated cybersecurity company that provides solutions for networks, cloud computing, and IoT devices.

A 34-year veteran of the NSA, Quade is a knowledgeable expert in the field, stemming from some of the earliest days in cybersecurity. He ultimately rose to the position of director of Cyber Task Force and special assistant to the NSA Director for Cyber.

After leaving government service, Quade joined the private sector because he wanted a new challenge. He found that the strategies at the NSA had parallels with Fortinet, which is why he wanted to work there.

“Fortinet is able to do things at speed and scale,” says Quade. Both of these practices are an integral part of the NSA’s mission, and Quade is able to use this experience in his current role.  



New technologies are everywhere and constantly changing, and in turn causing a lot of issues. Every two years, there’s the next big thing, although not everything stays. However, “The cloud is one of those that is as important as it’s hyped up to be. It represents an important part of performance architecture by providing high-performance computing, speed, and big data analytics,” says Quade.

About securing IoT devices, Quade says, “Segmentation has emerged as the number one cybersecurity strategy of our day. It’s something to do with agility and with granularity at the macro level and the micro level. You want to segment off of different types of IoT devices, and you want to integrate them as well.”

Fortinet takes this integrated approach to protect the cloud and IoT so that they work more effectively. Reducing complexity is another aspect when it comes to proper cybersecurity. 

“Cybersecurity is within reach of everybody,” says Quade. “Fortinet makes it successful both in its quality and cost.”

Not simply sticking with business, Fortinet is a founding member of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Centre for Cybersecurity. The centre leverages convening power to enhance and consolidate international security, according to the website.

WEF and Fortinet have both quoted research from Cybersecurity Ventures which predicts that cybercrime damages will cost the world $6 trillion by 2021 — and there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021, up from 1 million in 2014.

“Cybersecurity is everybody’s job function,” says Quade, so Fortinet is working on a training program with the centre to solve some of our most pressing issues, as well as filling the employment gap.

Steven T. Kroll is a public relations specialist and staff writer at Cybercrime Magazine.


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