Fortinet tightens integration of enterprise security, networking controls

Fortinet has made available a new release of its core FortiOS software that includes features the vendor says will help enterprises more tightly meld security and networking controls.

FortiOS 7.2, has 300 new features including AI support to help stop network threats more quickly, sandboxing to help fight ransomware threats, and improved SD-WAN, branch, and edge orchestration.

FortiOS is the vendor’s operating system for the FortiGate family of hardware and virtual components. FortiOS implements Fortinet Security Fabric and includes network security such as firewalling, access control, and authentication in addition to SD-WAN, switching, and wireless services. 

“What we are addressing with FortiOS 7.2 is the convergence of networking and security as customers are running very fast get their digital networks running,” said  John Maddison, Fortinet executive vice president of products and CMO. “This digital convergence creates a lot of new network edges—the LAN edge, edge cloud, and now a  5G edge. Networking and security can no longer be treated as separate strategies and that’s the main problem we are addressing for customers.”

On the security front, Fortinet is introducing AI and ML-based FortiGuard security services that are based on telemetry information gleaned from  its network, application. and security systems across the globe. 

One new service, Inline Sandbox, goes beyond the traditional detection sandbox capability where admins had to painstakingly look for malicious traffic to put into the sandbox. It uses the gathered intelligence to let customers, in real-time to stop both known and unknown malware, with minimal impact on operations, Maddison said. “The idea is that organizations can spot and stop and prevent problems as quickly as possible.”

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