FortiCloud is a hosted Security Management and Log Retention service for the FortiGate® product line. It gives you a centralized reporting, traffic analysis, configuration and log retention tool without the need for additional hardware and software.
FortiCloud provides a central web-based management console to manage individual or aggregated FortiGate devices. Adding a device to the FortiCloud management subscription is straightforward and provides detailed Traffic and Application visibility across the whole network.
Log Retention is an integral part of any security and compliance program, but administering a separate storage system is burdensome. FortiCloud takes care of this automatically and stores the valuable log information in the cloud. Each device is allowed up to 200G of Log Retention storage. Different types of logs can be stored including Traffic, System Events, Web, Applications and Security Events.
Network availability is critical to a good end user experience. FortiCloud allows you to monitor your FortiGate network in real time with different alerting mechanisms to pin-point potential issues. Alerting mechanisms can be delivered via email.
Reporting and analysis are your eyes and ears into you network health and security. Pre-configured reports are available, as well as custom reports, which can be tailored to your specific reporting and compliance requirements. For example you may want to look closely at application usage or web site violations. The reports can emailed out as a PDF and can cover different time periods.
The correct configuration of the devices within your network is essential to maintaining an optimum performance and security posture. In addition, maintaining the correct firmware (operating system) level allows you to take advantage of the latest features.
All communication (including log information) between the devices and the clouds is encrypted. Redundant data centers are always used to give the service its high availability. Operational Security measures have been put in place to make sure your data is secure only you can view or retrieve it.
We think highly of the FortiGate appliances ability to provide various security functions within one appliance, rather than forcing us to implement specific security software one by one. In addition, we liked its clear fee structure for initial licensing based on an annual per store cost. The deployment of FortiGate appliances enabled us to share a huge amount of data in a secure manner. We plan to drive further development, including a management system to understand all aspects of our outlets, such as photo shooting status, the delivery of commercial messages to our customers to highlight our outlets and the delivery of streaming images to our employees as part of training. Furthermore, we will consider developing a dedicated store system tailored for digital photography, rather than use a common POS system for retail outlets modified for photo studios.