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Fortinet upgrades and extends Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW)

Fortinet has announced a significant update to the company's FortiOS network security operating system, along with new releases for integrated reporting, advanced threat protection (APT) and strong authentication.

Fortinet said in its press statement that the new releases were aimed at extending the next-generation firewall (NGFW) to address the challenges facing today's enterprises including increasingly complex cyber threats.

It said FortiOS 5, which was announced Thursday, now delivers:

- Significantly faster SSL inspection

- Richer reporting with even more out-of-the-box reports and drill down capability from FortiAnalyzer

- Tighter integration with FortiAuthenticator and FortiSandbox for seamless Strong Authentication and Advanced Threat Protection

"Security leaders must address threats from rising SSL traffic," wrote Jeremy D'hoinne and Adam Hils, Research Directors with Gartner. "Less than 20% 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% today."

John Maddison, vice president of marketing for Fortinet said: "Today, Fortinet extends that capability with advanced threat protection and authentication, all from a single vendor and all orchestrated through a single management console."

Fortinet also released a FortiAnalyzer 5 update and announced the upcoming FortiAnalyzer-3500E.

It said software enhancements include a wider selection of pre-built reports and greater drilldown capabilities for better visibility into network behavior and tighter integration with the company's FortiGate platform. In addition, the new FortiAnalyzer-3500E will feature 24 TB (upgradable to 48 TB) of storage to meet the requirements of high volume enterprises.

The company also announced the enterprise-grade FortiAuthenticator-1000D, which provides multiple methods of authentication, including hardware, software, email and SMS tokens to help enterprises move to a stronger, user-based authentication model in an increasingly BYOD world. The new appliance supports up to 10,000 users and integrates seamlessly with FortiGate appliances.

To help Fortinet customers fight off growing online threats and attackers, Fortinet has announced the new FortiSandbox-1000D. Its unique dual-level sandbox along with proactive pre-filtering, dynamic threat intelligence and rich reporting are effective in detecting highly targeted attacks.

And its consolidated approach to covering all protocols and functions in one appliance together with its ability to deploy stand-alone or as an integrated extension of FortiGate and FortiMail appliances, reduce cost and complexity.

Fortinet said the new FortiSandbox-1000D (and previously released FortiSandbox-3000D) now run software version 1.2, which features enhanced instrumentation to better deal with increasing virtual machine (VM) evasion techniques, an updated assessment engine to increase detection rates and new call-back detection to identify outbound communications both in the sandbox and on the wire.

The FortiOS 5/FortiAnalyzer 5 updates are available now. FortiAnalyzer-3500E is expected in the second quarter of this year. FortiAuthenticator-1000D is available now. The FortiSandbox 1.2 software update is available now for FortiSandbox-3000D customers, and the FortiSandbox-1000D is expected to ship in the second quarter of this year.




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