Fortinet FortiOS 5 network security operating system launched

Enterprise security vendor Fortinet today announced FortiOS 5 network security operating system.

In a statement, Fortinet said the new release include integrated reporting, advanced threat protection (APT) and strong authentication.

Fortinet’sFortiGate appliances, which routinely deliver five times faster performance than competitive offerings, will deliver even greater performance and more security.

“Security leaders must address threats from rising SSL traffic,” wrote Jeremy D’hoinne and Adam Hils, Research Directors with Gartner.

Less than 20 percent of organizations with a firewall, an intrusion prevention system (IPS) or a unified threat management (UTM) appliance decrypt inbound or outbound SSL traffic. Gartner believes that, in 2017, more than half of the network attacks targeting enterprises will use encrypted traffic to bypass controls, up from less than 5 percent today.

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“Enterprises today are clamoring for improved network visibility that includes deeper packet inspection and granular control over network access, traffic, content and use, and they want it without introducing bottlenecks into the real-world traffic flow,” said John Maddison, vice president of marketing for Fortinet.

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Meanwhile, a research from Fortinet said 41 percent of both Millennials (ages 18-32) and Gen-X (ages 33-48) never change their online password or only change it when prompted. Of the respondents who signaled they are vigilant about changing their passwords, 16 percent (19 percent Millennial, 13 percent Gen-X) change them once a month, 30 percent (25 percent Millennial, 35 percent Gen-X) change them every three months and 9 percent (11 percent Millennial, 7 percent Gen-X) change them at least once a year.

When asked if they had a password to access their phone, 57 percent said they did, while 43 percent said they did not. Apparently, Gen-X is more trusting in this regard, with 49 percent saying they do not use a mobile device password, while a fewer number of Millennials (37 percent) admitted to not having a password on their device.

Of those who admitted to using a password on their mobile device, the most popular type by far was the simple 4-digit pin (numeric password), taking the top spot at 47 percent. Complex passwords, such as alphanumeric, letters and numbers, came in second with 26 percent. This was closely followed by pattern (i.e., triangle, square) at 21 percent. And in last place was biometric (i.e., facial recognition, fingerprint) at 5 percent.

With regard to how respondents handled passwords for the Internet accounts they use, it appears many are getting the message that it’s important to have different passwords for every site that requires one, but there’s still room for improvement. 40 percent of all respondents said they have a different password for every online account they use, 46 percent admit to having different passwords for at least a few of the sites they visit. 7 percent use different passwords for their most sensitive accounts and another 7 percent are using the same password for all accounts.

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