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Fortinet® Rolls Out New FortiOS 5.0 Operating System

October 2012 by Emmanuelle Lamandé

Fortinet® announced FortiOS 5.0, the operating system that is the foundation for all Fortinet FortiGate integrated security platforms. In addition to the new FortiOS 5.0 operating system for FortiGate devices, Fortinet announced FortiManager 5.0, FortiAnalyzer 5.0 and FortiClient 5.0.

Fortinet is adding more than 150 features and enhancements to FortiOS 5.0. Key benefits include:

- More Security to fight advanced threats. A client reputation feature gives enterprises a cumulative security ranking of each device based on a range of behaviours and provides specific, actionable information that enables organisations to identity compromised systems and potential zero-day attacks in real time. The new advanced anti-malware detection system adds an on-device behaviour-based heuristic engine and cloud-based AV services that includes an operating system sandbox and botnet IP reputation database. Together with superior industry-validated AV signatures, FortiOS 5.0 delivers unbeatable multi-layered protection against today’s sophisticated malware

- More Control to secure mobile devices and BYOD environments by identifying devices and applying specific access policies as well as security profiles, according to the device type or device group, location and usage

- More Intelligence with automatic adjustment of role-based policies for users and guests based on location, data and application profile. Enhanced reporting and analysis also provides administrators with more intelligence on the behaviour of their network, users, devices, applications and threats

FortiManager 5.0

As a centralised, single-pane-of-glass management platform for all Fortinet devices, the new FortiManager 5.0 features significant improvements tailored for enterprises and service providers:
- The ability to manage physical and virtual security devices using a single Web-based GUI with new functions that include drag and drop policies between panes, direct in-view policy object editing, full IPv6 support and a new script UI facility
- More granular administrative profiles and greater ease of use
- Enhanced provisioning capabilities for large-scale rollouts
- Improved reporting and analysis with multi-frame display, drag-and-drop policy between rule bases and frames, built in logging and reporting and full IPv6 support

FortiAnalyzer 5.0

The FortiAnalyzer family of logging, analysing and reporting appliances securely aggregates log data from Fortinet devices and other syslog-compatible devices. The new FortiAnalyzer 5.0 includes the following new key features:
- Significantly improved data visualisation and analysis to provide customers with critical visibility into their network security posture
- Consolidated reporting for all FortiOS-based devices and endpoints, enabling better insight on bandwidth consumption, application usage and network utilisation
- Management of both physical and virtual appliances for consolidated configuration and universally applied reporting across multiple FortiAnalyzer systems
- The ability to synchronise multiple FortiAnalyzers for unified configuration and reporting

FortiClient 5.0

FortiClient provides anytime, anywhere endpoint security for Windows and Macintosh devices. Improvements include:
- Better enforcement of security policies in off-net situations to ensure adherence to corporate policies when not connected to the network
- Enhanced integration with FortiGate devices to simplify remote VPN provisioning for ease of use.


FortiOS 5.0, FortiManager 5.0, FortiAnalyzer 5.0 and FortiClient 5.0 will be available this month.

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