New security functions added to Fortinet OS

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Fortinet has added a variety of security configuration options to the latest version of its FortiOS operating system.

The company said that version five contains Fortinet Feature Select and offers a range of options, including: high-speed firewall, including a VPN, NGFW (to include a firewall, intrusion prevention and application control); ATP (advanced threat protection to include endpoint control); and UTM (includes all functions as well as email filtering, data loss prevention and vulnerability scanning). 

Also added is the FortiGuard Advanced Threat Protection Service, which includes botnet blacklisting, anti-malware signatures and cloud-based sandboxing, and a contextual visibility feature to give administrators deeper insights into historic or real-time network activities using detailed analytics, Fortinet claimed.

John Maddison, vice president of marketing for Fortinet, said: “In order to increase protection, simplify management and reduce costs, enterprises today are migrating away from multi-vendor firewall environments in favour of a single-vendor model.

“For example, an enterprise may have high-performance firewalls for its data centres, next-generation firewalls for their campus perimeters and UTMs for their distributed offices.”

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