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Fortinet tweaks its Cybersecurity Operating System to address More Complex Threats


Fortinet announces updates to their FortiOS cybersecurity operating system. FortiOS 5.4 offers new features that enable customers to deploy internal network segmentation for containment and defense against advanced threats.

Citing on the new up gradation, Michael Xie, founder, president and CTO of Fortinet said, “Organizations are facing an increasingly hostile threat landscape with new and highly sophisticated threats emerging every day. Combating these attacks requires security solutions that can deliver true network segmentation without compromising network performance.”

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 vectors like email, the web and endpoints devices.
  • 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 5.4 delivers new features that empower organizations to implement internal segmentation strategies that isolate and remediate malware should it make it past the perimeter, added Michael.

The company has introduced FortiOS 5.4, a new Mobile Malware subscription services. In a strive to address the subjective cyber criminals targeting the mobile device users in enterprise, the 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.

Gartner predicts “that 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2016, up 30% from 2015, and reach 20.8 billion by 2020,” exponentially expanding the attack surface and security challenges faced by enterprises. FortiOS claims to address the complexity of defending against advanced threats.

Availability and Additional Information

FortiOS version 5.4 is exclusively available. Current customers can update their products manually or reach out to their Fortinet customer service representative.


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