Malaysian enterprises clamouring for network visibility, Fortinet says


George Chang, Regional VP for Southeast Asia & Hong Kong, Fortinet Inc modified 

Photo - Dato' Seri George Chang - Fortinet's Vice President for Southeast Asia and  Hong Kong.


To better meet the demand by Malaysian and Asian enterprises for greater performance and security, unified threat management (UTM) specialist Fortinet has announced a major update to its FortiOS network security operating system, along with new releases for integrated reporting, advanced threat protection (APT) and strong authentication.

Fortinet's vice president for Southeast Asia and Hong Kong Dato' Seri George Chang said the new releases also signify the company's vision of "extending the next-generation firewall (NGFW) to address the challenges facing today's enterprises including increasingly complex cyber threats."

As a result, Fortinet's FortiGate appliances, which routinely deliver five times faster performance than competitive offerings, will deliver even greater performance and more security, said Chang.

"Enterprises today are clamoring for improved network visibility that includes deeper packet inspection and granular control over network access, traffic, content and use, and they want it without introducing bottlenecks into the real-world traffic flow," he said. "Today, Fortinet extends that capability with advanced threat protection and authentication, all from a single vendor and all orchestrated through a single management console."

Chang cited a December 2013 report where Gartner research directors Jeremy D'hoinne and Adam Hils said, "security leaders must address threats from rising SSL traffic, "Less than 20 percent of organisations with a firewall, an intrusion prevention system (IPS) or a unified threat management (UTM) appliance decrypt inbound or outbound SSL traffic."

"Gartner believes that, in 2017, more than half of the network attacks targeting enterprises will use encrypted traffic to bypass controls, up from less than 5 percent today," the report said.

 FortiOS 5

"FortiOS 5 "is the operating system foundation for the FortiGate platform and offers a broad range of world class security capabilities and configuration options," said Chang, adding that with the new update, "FortiOS 5 now delivers "significantly faster SSL inspection."

He said this included "richer reporting with even more out-of-the-box reports and drill down capability from FortiAnalyzer along with tighter integration with FortiAuthenticator and FortiSandbox for seamless strong authentication and APT protection."

In addition, Chang announced the enterprise-grade FortiAuthenticator-1000D. "This provides multiple methods of authentication, including hardware, software, email and SMS tokens to help enterprises move to a stronger, user-based authentication model in an increasingly BYOD world."

The new appliance supports up to 10,000 users and integrates seamlessly with FortiGate appliances, he said.

The FortiOS 5/FortiAnalyzer 5 updates are available now.  FortiAnalyzer-3500E is expected in the second quarter of this year. FortiAuthenticator-1000D is available now. The FortiSandbox 1.2 software update is available now for FortiSandbox-3000D customers, and the FortiSandbox-1000D is expected to ship in the second quarter of this year.