Cybersecurity and Sustainability: Fortinet's Global Impact

Fortinet's dual commitment to cybersecurity and sustainability reshapes the tech landscape, paving the way for a safer, greener digital future

In 2023, cyberattacks surged by 72%, affecting over 343 million individuals worldwide. At the same time, nearly a decade after the Paris Agreement was signed, the UN reports that national climate action plans remain insufficient to limit global warming and meet the goals set out in the Paris Agreement.

As we gear up for a flurry of major elections in 2024, the question looms: How are key players in cyberspace tackling sustainability while combating cyber threats?

Fortinet: A Cybersecurity Giant with a Green Heart

Based in California, Fortinet stands tall as a powerhouse in cybersecurity. Established in 2000 by siblings Ken Xie and Michael Xie, the company boasts more than 730,000 customers who rely on its robust solutions to fortify their digital defences. 

Not merely content with safeguarding cyberspace, Fortinet also takes the lead in championing sustainability within the tech realm, embracing environmental initiatives, diversity, equity, and ethical business practices.

Ken Xie, Founder, Chairman of the Board, and CEO at Fortinet.

Ken Xie, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Fortinet, underscores the company's commitment to sustainability, asserting, "Our dedication to sustainability is pivotal in addressing today's societal challenges while fortifying the long-term prosperity and resilience of our business." Ken highlights the integral role of building a safer digital environment in shaping societal and economic landscapes. He acknowledges the strides made in the latest sustainability report while emphasising the ongoing journey towards enhancing sustainability efforts.

Exploring Fortinet's Sustainable Journey

Fortinet garnered notable accolades in sustainability over the past year, including joining the UN Global Compact, signifying its adherence to principles encompassing human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption. Additionally, it earned recognition in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for the second consecutive year. Looking ahead, Fortinet is poised to submit its decarbonisation blueprint to the Science-Based Targets initiative for validation, further solidifying its commitment to sustainability.

Fortinet's sustainability framework rests on four key pillars:

  • Addressing cyber risks to society
  • Diversifying cybersecurity talent
  • Respecting the environment
  • Promoting responsible business across its value chain.

Driven by a passion for green energy, Fortinet powers its headquarters and adjacent facilities through solar panels. The company strives for energy efficiency in its products, with newer iterations of FortiGate appliances consuming 62% less power than previous models. Embracing biodegradable packaging, Fortinet estimates it prevented 455 tons of CO2 emissions in 2023, aligning with its pursuit of net-zero emissions targets.

In the fast-evolving landscape of cybersecurity, Fortinet emerges not only as a stalwart defender of digital realms but also as a trailblazer in championing sustainability. As global challenges mount, the synergy between cybersecurity and sustainability becomes increasingly apparent, and Fortinet stands at the forefront, driving change and shaping a more secure, sustainable future for all.

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