Firmware Upgrade For Fortinet Products

by CXOtoday Staff    Feb 09, 2006

Fortinet has announced a firmware upgrade for its family of FortiGate and FortiManager systems that enhance security posture and ease the means to deploy and manage network security.

FortiOS 3.0 and FortiManager 3.0 have been enhanced for better security of online applications, including content protection for instant messaging and security for peer-to-peer traffic. Other enhancements include better P2P application support and Windows Active Directory Integration.

Tighter integration between FortiGate, FortiManager and FortiAnalyzer systems enables robust centralized network security management, reporting and analysis for enterprises and MSSPs.

Instant messaging (IM) applications have seen rise in attacks in 2005, with attackers using sophisticated social engineering to trick computer users into downloading worms, opening virus-infected files or URLs, or installing malicious code.

Fortinet addresses IM security by integrating complete content protection including full antivirus scanning, blocking and quarantining of IM traffic and file attachments, intrusion prevention signature updates, and URL filtering into an existing multi-threat security system. FortiOS 3.0 provides instant messaging access control, and logging and reporting statistics to deliver administrators increased control over and their IM applications. The firmware supports popular enterprise IM protocols, including AIM, ICQ, MSN and Yahoo.

Michael Xie, Founder, CTO & VP Engineering, Fortinet said, “The rapid adoption of instant messaging and other P2P applications has created new opportunities for attackers and additional challenges for enterprises faced with maintaining security and compliance. Fortinet’s FortiOS 3.0 firmware enhances and extends the multi-threat security capabilities of our FortiGate and FortiManager systems and helps take the cost and complexity out of managing complex enterprise networks.”

FortiOS 3.0 within its family of FortiGate security appliances delivers an advanced security and management platform through integration with FortiAnalyzer and FortiManager systems and supports advanced provisioning, reporting, logging, alerts and event correlation. The integration with FortiManager enables centralized management for all FortiGate security appliances and FortiAnalyzer systems for intelligent security analysis, event correlation, logging and reporting.