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Fortinet Advances its Network Security Platform with New Enterprise Firewall Capabilities

Fortinet just answered the question, “What’s next in next-generation enterprise firewalls?” with the new features within its FortiOS 5 operating system, which serves as the foundation for the company’s award-winning FortiGate network security platform. More details after the jump.

The new update includes:

  • Feature Select: With one-click, customers can choose from a variety of security configuration options, including: High Speed Firewall, NGFW, ATP, Web Filtering, UTM and others 
  • Contextual Visibility: Gives organizations real-time and historical insight on network use based on application, user and device 
  • Advanced Threat Protection (ATP): Enhanced security tools combat multi-vector persistent attacks

Eric Ahlm, research director at Gartner, commented: “Security buyers may seek a combination of firewall options, such as NGFW, unified threat management (UTM), virtual and stateful firewalls, to meet a wide range of typical enterprise needs, such as data center, small offices or highly distributed enterprises, as cost-effectively as possible.”

“In order to increase protection, simplify management and reduce costs, enterprises today are migrating away from multi-vendor firewall environments in favor of a single-vendor model,” said Jeff Castillo, Country Managing Director of Fortinet Philippines. “For example, an enterprise may have high-performance firewalls for its datacenters, NGFWs for their campus perimeters and UTMs for their distributed offices. With its singular focus on innovating security and security-focused R&D, only Fortinet provides a true Network Security Platform with a wide array of robust security functionality for datacenters, campus perimeter and distributed offices.”

Fortinet Network Security: Providing Choice for Specific Enterprise Requirements 
With Fortinet Feature Select, enterprises can quickly and easily configure their FortiGate appliances based on their unique business and security requirements. These preset configurations can be done with a single button click at the time of system setup or at any time during the system’s deployment. Configuration options include NGFW (includes Firewall, intrusion prevention and application control); ATP (includes advanced threat protection and endpoint control); WF (includes Web filtering and explicit proxy); NGFW + ATA (includes NGFW and ATP features) and UTM (includes all previously mentioned features plus email filtering, data loss prevention, vulnerability scanning).

Better Protection with Better Visibility
The new Contextual Visibility feature in FortiOS 5 gives administrators deeper insights into historic or real-time network activities using detailed analytics. The types of data that can be extracted include IP and Port, geographical IP, session type, user names, network usage, network coverage and the types of applications and devices that are connecting to the network. With this, administrators can use correlated data to identify top clients associated with particular threats and further isolate suspicious Websites and IP addresses.

Protection Against Advanced Targeted Attacks (ATA)
ATAs, also referred to as Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs), target specific organizations, infiltrate from multiple vectors and can remain stealthy for an undetermined amount of time before exfiltrating data. The new FortiGuard Advanced Threat Protection Service offers a multi-pronged approach to security that helps protect against attacks that could arrive via zero day vulnerability, undiscovered malware, phishing emails and/or password hacks. The features within the ATP service include botnet blacklisting, antimalware signatures and cloud-based sandboxing.

Certified Performance Powered by Custom ASICs 
Today’s announcement further exemplifies why FortiOS is the world’s most advanced network security operating system. When coupled with FortiGate appliances, which feature high performance, purpose-built network, content and SoC processors that have been certified by industry-leading test and measurement labs, such as NSS Labs, ICSA Labs, Common Criteria, Virus Bulletin and FIPS, network administrators have the power to detect malicious content at Gigabit speeds. Other security technologies cannot protect against today’s wide range of content- and connection-based threats because they rely on general-purpose CPUs, causing a dangerous performance gap. FortiASIC™ processors help to ensure the network security in place does not become the network bottleneck.

FortiOS update is available now as a free update to all existing customers with a valid support contract from https://support.fortinet.com.

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