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Combating sophisticated threats with internal segmentation strategies, Fortinet beefs up FortiOS

AvantiKumar | March 25, 2016
Fortinet Malaysia's Michelle Ong said organisations are facing an increasingly hostile threat landscape.

Michelle Ong, Country Manager for Malaysia, Fortinet 

Photo - Michelle Ong - Country Manager for Malaysia, Fortinet


To help organisations cope with an increasingly hostile and sophisticated threat landscape, network security specialist Fortinet Malaysia said it has strengthened its cybersecurity operating system, FortiOS.

Michelle Ong, Fortinet Malaysia country manager, said the newly-updated FortiOS 5.4 allows the deployment of internal segmentation together with new features offering better control and network visibility.

Ong said the new operating system was now tantamount to "one cybersecurity operating system for the entire attack cycle."

"Organisations are facing an increasingly hostile threat landscape with new and highly sophisticated threats emerging every day," she added. "Combating these attacks requires security solutions that can deliver true network segmentation without compromising network performance."

"FortiOS 5.4 has new features that allow organisations to roll out internal segmentation strategies, which can isolate and remediate malware should it make it past the perimeter," said Ong.

She cited Gartner, which predicted "that 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2016, up 30 percent from 2015, and reach 20.8 billion by 2020," which would exponentially expand the attack surface and security challenges faced by enterprises.

Removing complexity

Ong said FortiOS removed much of the complexity of defending against advanced threats. With the latest configuration, analytic capabilities and assisted one-click actions in FortiOS 5.4, enterprises can implement internal segmentation firewalls (ISFW) and Secure Access Architectures to move beyond traditional perimeter defence to stronger layered security strategies.

In addition, the new version of the operating system included a new Mobile Malware subscription service from FortiGuard Labs, she said. "The rise in mobile device usage within the enterprise shows no signs of slowing down and has made these devices a prime target for cyber criminals. Leveraging FortiGuard Labs' threat intelligence, FortiOS receives a constant feed of mobile-specific intelligence to deliver automated protection against emerging threats that target platforms like Android, iOS and Windows."

 Highlights of FortiOS 5.4 include:

  • New Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) Integration: Integration with Fortinet's ATP framework of services including FortiClient, FortiMail, FortiSandbox and FortiWeb enables automated threat intelligence sharing with one-click mitigation of threats attacking the network directly, or through all major attack vectors.
  • Single User Interface (UI): A single UI provides administrators with a birds-eye-view of the network for control and visibility across the entire Fortinet product line while incorporating deep analytics.
  • New FortiHeartbeat Communication: Produces detailed visualizations of network topologies, arming CSOs with the data and analysis they need to implement end-to-end policies and engineer architecture designs like ISFW.
  • Incident Response: FortiOS 5.4 provides automated detection and one-click response actions - such as quarantine device, block source and more - enabling response teams to efficiently identify and respond to threats while delivering reduced time to resolution.
  • Software Defined Networking (SDN) Integration: Controls for leading SDN solutions including VMware NSX and Cisco ACI.

FortiOS version 5.4 is now available, said a company statement. Current customers can update their products manually or reach out to their Fortinet customer service representative.


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