Fortinet announces enhanced network and security offerings

Cybersecurity firm Fortinet Inc. today made several announcements that enhance its offerings in the networking and security markets.

The innovations include new products, capabilities and updates to the flagship Network Security Expert Certification program. Leading with unified management and analytics across the entire hybrid network, Fortinet’s latest innovations enable unified management and analytics across its secure networking portfolio. The FortiManager solution now integrates with FortiSASE, its single-vendor secure access service edge solution, delivering consistent security, management and analytics across the entire hybrid network.

Fortinet’s secure networking elements, including Hybrid Mesh Firewall, Single-Vendor SASE, Universal ZTNA, Secure SD-WAN and Secure WLAN/LAN, can now be managed and enforced through FortiManager.

The company has also introduced enhancements across its secure networking portfolio and FortiOS 7.4. First up are improvements to the hybrid mesh firewalls for data centers and the cloud with FortiGate 7080F, a new series of next-generation firewalls. FortiGate 7080F eliminates point products, reduces complexity and delivers higher performance through purpose-built application-specific integrated circuit technology and artificial and machine learning-powered advanced security.

Upgrades to Fortinet’s secure software-defined wide-area network for branch offices enable consistent security and superior user experience for business-critical applications in the cloud and the data center. New enhancements include automation in overlay orchestration to accelerate site deployments and a redesign of the monitoring map view to provide global WAN status for each site.

Single-Vendor SASE for remote users and branch offices gets a new look, with FortiSASE converging cloud-delivered security and networking to simplify operations across hybrid networks. As part of this update, FortiSASE now integrates with FortiManager, allowing unified policy management for Secure SD-WAN and SASE and visibility across on-premises and remote users.

Universal ZTNA for remote users and campus locations now provides what is claimed to be the industry’s most flexible zero-trust application access control, no matter where the user or application is located. New enhancements now deliver user-based risk scoring as part of continuous checks for ongoing application access.

WLAN/LAN for branch offices and campus locations with FortiAP can now integrate with Fortinet’s Single-Vendor SASE solution, marking the industry’s first AP integration with SASE.

Real-time response and automation capabilities across the security fabric

Fortinet has also expanded its Security Fabric with new products and capabilities to enable advanced threat prevention and coordinated response for a self-defending ecosystem across networks, endpoints and clouds. The Security Fabric, composed of more than 50 enterprise-grade products, now supports real-time response and automation capabilities, transforming detection into real-time protection.

FortiEDR and FortiXDR now provide additional interactive incident visualization with enriched contextual incident data using multiple threat intelligence feeds to simplify and expedite investigations.

Meanwhile, FortiNDR Cloud, a new offering, combines robust AI complemented with pragmatic analysis and breach protection technology. The solution provides 365-day retention and visibility into network data, with built-in playbooks and threat-hunting capabilities to detect anomalous and malicious behavior on the network.

FortiRecon now delivers enhanced proactive threat intelligence into critical risks associated with supply chain vendors and partners, including externally exposed assets, leaked data and ransomware attack intelligence. And FortiDeceptor now offers an outbreak defense vulnerability, deceiving attackers from tangible assets to fake assets and quarantining the attack early in the kill chain.

“From our founding, Fortinet’s broad portfolio has been built with integration and automation in mind,” Michael Xie, founder, president and chief technology officer at Fortinet, said in a statement. “Our commitment to this vision has made Fortinet a leader in supporting customers with consolidating point products into one unified cybersecurity platform. With today’s news, we are taking this commitment one step further by adding new real-time response and automation capabilities to improve efficacy, increase effectiveness and accelerate time to resolution of sophisticated attacks.”

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