Fortinet Introduces Expansive Upgrades to its Real-Time Network Security Operating System to Empower Enterprises to Fortify Their Networks

Fortinet, the global cybersecurity leader driving the convergence of  networking and security, today announced the latest version of its FortiOS operating system and  other major enhancements to the company’s cybersecurity platform, the Fortinet Security Fabric. 

FortiOS 7.6 empowers customers to better mitigate risk, reduce complexity, and realize a superior  user experience across their entire network with new features spanning the following areas: 

  • Hundreds of enhancements in FortiOS 7.6 deliver improvements across the Fortinet  Security Fabric in areas such as Secure SD-WAN, secure access service  edge (SASE), zero-trust network access (ZTNA), automation, provisioning, remote  browser isolation, and digital experience monitoring (DEM), among other areas, all with  flexible consumption (SaaS or PaaS) options. 
  • GenAI for threat analysis and product deployment: Building on existing Generative AI  (GenAI) capabilities for accelerated threat investigation and remediation, FortiOS 7.6  integrates FortiAI (formerly Fortinet Advisor) natively within Fortinet’s central data  lake, FortiAnalyzer, and its unified management console, FortiManager. These  integrations improve threat analysis and response and streamline network and security  operations, respectively. Expanding FortiAI across the Fortinet Security Fabric facilitates  faster decision-making, helps detect and remediate incidents quickly, and ensures  organizations can easily adopt the technologies they require. 
  • Comprehensive data protection capabilities across the network: Centralized data  protection combined with enforcement points across the Fortinet Security Fabric will  enable more enterprises to adopt and manage a complete data loss prevention (DLP) strategy. These FortiOS 7.6 enhanced features ensure sensitive information remains  secure no matter where it resides within the hybrid network.

Additional updates to enhance the Fortinet Security Fabric include: 

  • Endpoint detection and response features added to Fortinet’s unified  agent: FortiClient, the Fortinet Security Fabric’s unified agent, will integrate with full  endpoint detection and response (EDR) to add ransomware protection, behavior-based  detections, and automated response, as well as deeper visibility, control, and ZTNA  remote access capabilities. Fortinet delivers a unified agent that includes VPN,  ZTNA, endpoint protection platform (EPP), EDR, DEM, network access control (NAC),  and SASE to reduce agent sprawl and simplify management across complex  environments. 
  • More ways to combat the cyber skills shortage: On top of GenAI, FortiAnalyzer now  includes options for out-of-the-box SIEM and SOAR services, delivering broader data  ingestion and automated playbooks to streamline the adoption and expansion of security  operations (SecOps). Ops augmentation is already available with our robust SOC-as-a Service offering to assist SecOps, and we have now added a Managed FortiGate Service  to support network operations teams. These services reflect Fortinet’s dedication to  supporting our partners as they grow their portfolios to reach a broader audience and  promote best-practice deployments everywhere. These services specifically help our  partners better overcome the ongoing cyber skills shortage and streamline the digital  transformation of their end customers. 

The Power of One Operating System 

Fortinet’s dedication to integrating its portfolio across one operating system, coupled with its  investments in custom ASICs, has yielded tangible benefits for customers of all sizes across the  following areas: 

  • Firewall: FortiOS started as a firewall operating system and excels at that function,  delivering orders of magnitude of performance and power efficiency advantages when  paired with our internally developed ASICs. With a single OS across all FortiGate models,  Fortinet’s custom ASICs accelerate FortiOS functions to support 14 networking and  security applications, enabling a hybrid mesh firewall approach to infrastructure security,  protecting on-prem, remote, and cloud environments with consistent security policies and  management. 
  • Segmentation and ZTNA: For managed devices, ZTNA controls check users connecting  to applications and data and segment application access using the same FortiOS  application gateway. Lateral movement of cybercriminals and ransomware programs is  further limited by internal segmentation firewalls enabled by the high-throughput, low latency data center firewalls powered by FortiOS. 
  • OT/IoT/Edge Security: Because FortiOS can control and protect wired and wireless  networks, this security can also seamlessly extend to the edge, providing consistent  protection for IoT devices, OT networks, and other agentless devices.
  • Unified SASE: Fortinet’s global, scalable network, running FortiOS via worldwide points  of presence, protects the hybrid workforce and thin edges. This network is also anchored  by the industry-leading SD-WAN capabilities built into FortiOS to improve user experience. 
  • AI-Driven Security Operations: All of these scenarios are then protected by Fortinet’s  advanced AI-driven Security Operations, which are enabled by the common ingestion of  data, telemetry, and threat information through our single data lake and the uniform  application of FortiOS across the Fortinet Security Fabric. 

The Fortinet Security Fabric Platform 

Fortinet supports customers with a platform approach to cybersecurity via the Fortinet Security  Fabric, which converges networking and security through one operating system (FortiOS), one  unified agent (FortiClient), one management console (FortiManager), and one data lake  (FortiAnalyzer) to integrate and protect the entire digital attack surface. It’s focused on three major  enterprise pillars: secure networking, unified SASE, and AI-driven security operations. 

The Fortinet Security Fabric is the result of over two decades of relentless focus on the company’s  platform vision and organic product development and innovation. It spans more than 50  enterprise-grade products and services, including network firewall, wired and wireless LAN, SD WAN, SASE, SIEM, and EPP. This extensive integrated product coverage, combined with open  APIs and a deep technology alliance partner ecosystem of over 500 third-party vendors, ensures  customers can start building a platform based on what they currently have deployed and leverage  the Fortinet Security Fabric in the way that drives the most value for their unique needs.  

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