With new network OS, Fortinet offers better protection
By Digital News Asia November 7, 2012
- FortiOS 5.0 now available in Malaysia, along with FortiManager 5.0, FortiAnalyzer 5.0 and FortiClient 5.0
- New suite of products aims to help enterprises meet today’s advanced threats and enable secure BYOD environments
FORTINET has announced the availability of FortiOS 5.0, the network security firm’s operating system for all FortiGate integrated security platforms, aimed at providing better protection against today’s advanced threats.
This new release offers smarter, more effective security policies, and claims to offer Malaysian enterprises help in protecting and managing their networks in light of fundamental changes in both the nature of attacks targeting them as well as how users are accessing the network.
To enable more secure bring-your-own-device (BYOD) environments, the company has also integrated advanced identification and management of user and device behavior, including reputation-based policies, better botnet detection and protection and inspection of encrypted traffic.
“We are excited about the advancements in FortiOS 5.0,” said George Chang (pic), Fortinet’s regional director for Southeast Asia & Hong Kong.
“Looking back over the last 10 years, each FortiOS release delivered innovation that helped change the market. With FortiOS 5.0, we are providing our customers with the best and broadest functionality that is fully integrated with our high-performance FortiASICs and FortiGate system. This combination leads to our customers having the most superior network security, performance, management and analysis,” he added.
There are more than 150 features and enhancements to FortiOS 5.0, such as a client reputation feature which gives enterprises a cumulative security ranking of each device based on a range of behaviors and provides specific, actionable information that enables organizations to identity compromised systems and potential zero-day attacks in real time.
It also offers clients the control to secure mobile devices and BYOD environments by identifying devices and applying specific access policies as well as security profiles, according to the device type or device group, location and usage. The new OS also boasts automatic adjustment of role-based policies for users and guests based on location, data and application profile.
“What’s particularly attractive about this major new release is the 'client reputation' feature that provides a broad view of each client on our network and the ability to enforce ‘smart policies’ to secure individual users throughout our organization, regardless of their location, type of device they use to access network resources or their status as a guest. It’s a major step forward in strengthening our overall security posture,” said Ken Smith, senior security solutions architect with Green Pages.
In addition to the new operating system for FortiGate devices, Fortinet also announced FortiManager 5.0, FortiAnalyzer 5.0 and FortiClient 5.0 to address the need for increasingly sophisticated management and analysis of the network infrastructure and endpoint devices in enterprise, carrier, managed service providers and small and medium-sized business environments alike.
FortiManager 5.0 is a centralized, single-pane-of-glass management platform for all Fortinet devices and features the ability to manage physical and virtual security devices using a single Web-based GUI with new functions that include drag and drop policies between panes, direct in-view policy object editing, full IPv6 support and a new script UI facility.
The latest addition to the company’s family of logging, analyzing and reporting appliances is FortiAnalyzer 5.0, which touts significantly improved data visualization and analysis to provide customers with critical visibility into their network security posture.
It also has consolidated reporting for all FortiOS-based devices and endpoints, enabling better insight on bandwidth consumption, application usage and network utilization.
FortiClient 5.0, which provides endpoint security for Windows and Macintosh devices now features better enforcement of security policies in off-net situations to ensure adherence to corporate policies when not connected to the network
Patrick Bedwell, vice president of product marketing for Fortinet said that customers are now dealing with more stringent network security requirements and greater demands for access to data.
“With new attack variants on the rise and the ‘bring your own device’ revolution in full swing, organizations need broad security measures that can scale, are highly flexible when it comes to enforcing granular policies and are easy to deploy,” he added.
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