Malware infections in networks, servers and endpoint devices cost enterprises, service providers and government agencies billions of dollars every year. You must spend time removing viruses from endpoints and servers, while your organization can lose valuable and sensitive data through spyware and bots that send information undetected from inside the network perimeter to outside command and control servers. In addition, some viruses are capable of taking down your entire network or deleting critical information from servers and databases.
Fortinet antivirus technology combines advanced signature and heuristic detection engines to provide multi-layered, real-time protection against both new and evolving virus, spyware, and other types of malware attacks in web, email, and file transfer traffic. FortiASIC™ Content Processors, integrated into FortiGate® and FortiWifi™ products, accelerates both signature scanning and heuristics/anomaly detection for protection against viruses, while delivering performance that scales from entry-level appliances to multi-gigabit core network or data center platforms.
In addition to three proxy-based antivirus databases, FortiGate security platforms include a high-performance flow-based antivirus option. The flow-based option allows you to scan files of any size while maintaining the highest levels of performance. In addition, flow-based inspection enables scanning of files within compressed files to detect hidden threats. By providing you the flexibility to choose your antivirus engine, you can balance your performance and security requirements for your environment.
Encryption/decryption capabilities for all common tunneling protocols including PPTP, L2TP, IPSec, SSL and on-demand host integrity checking enable inspection of encrypted content, such as traffic sent over VPN connections. In addition, Fortinet antivirus supports content inspection within SMTP, POP3, IMAP, FTP, HTTP, IM and P2P protocols, and all major compressed file formats. For scanning of endpoint devices, FortiClient™ end-point security agents extend antivirus protection to remote desktop computers, mobile laptops, and smartphones that may operate outside of the network perimeter.
Fortinet antivirus gets regular updates from FortiGuard Services. The FortiGuard threat research team and global distributed network provides industry-leading antivirus signature updates for comprehensive protection against all types of content-level threats. Automatic updates of antivirus signatures keep FortiGate appliances continuously up to date.
We went from spending roughly $31,000 a year in support costs for two network security functionalities to $4,000 a year for five functionalities that are proving to work better. For an organization with a tight IT budget, I don't know how it gets better than that.