Fortinet unveils advanced security operating system and features

Infotech Lead India: Fortinet, a provider of network security solutions, announced FortiOS 5.0, the advanced security operating system that is the foundation for all Fortinet FortiGate integrated security platforms, offering more security, intelligence and controls to help enterprises be better protected against today’s advanced threats and enable more secure BYOD environments.

In addition to the new FortiOS 5.0 operating system for FortiGate devices, Fortinet 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, MSP and SMB environments alike.

Fortinet is extending its leadership by integrating advanced identification and management of user and device behavior, including reputation-based policies, better botnet detection and protection and inspection of encrypted traffic.

Fortinet is adding more than 150 features and enhancements to FortiOS 5.0. As a result, enterprises of all sizes will be better equipped to defend themselves against new advanced threats and manage and protect their network against an influx of new types of mobile devices and applications.

A client reputation feature 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.

The new advanced anti-malware detection system adds an on-device behavior-based heuristic engine and cloud-based AV services that includes an operating system sandbox and botnet IP reputation database. Together with superior industry-validated AV signatures, FortiOS 5.0 delivers unbeatable multi-layered protection against today’s sophisticated malware

More 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

More Intelligence with automatic adjustment of role-based policies for users and guests based on location, data and application profile. Enhanced reporting and analysis also provides administrators with more intelligence on the behavior of their network, users, devices, applications and threats

“With FortiOS 5.0, Fortinet is continuing to lead and define the network security space,” said Ken Xie, founder, president and CEO for Fortinet. “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.”

FortiManager 5.0 provides a centralized, single-pane-of-glass management platform for all Fortinet devices and features significant improvements tailored for enterprises and service providers including the ability to manage physical and virtual security devices using a single Web-based GUI, more granular administrative profiles and greater ease of use and enhanced provisioning capabilities for large-scale rollouts

FortiAnalyzer 5.0, the latest in the FortiAnalyzer family of logging, analyzing and reporting appliances securely aggregates log data from Fortinet devices and other syslog-compatible devices. The new FortiAnalyzer 5.0 significantly improved data visualization and analysis to provide customers with critical visibility into their network security posture.

FortiClient 5.0 provides anytime, anywhere endpoint security for Windows and Macintosh devices. Improvements include better enforcement of security policies in off-net situations to ensure adherence to corporate policies when not connected to the network and enhanced integration with FortiGate devices to simplify remote VPN provisioning for ease of use.

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