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High-Performing, Consistent, and Context-Aware Security

Understanding FortiOS—The Heart of the Fortinet Security Fabric
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FortiOS, the Heart of the Fortinet Security Fabric

As organizations accelerate their digital innovation initiatives, they need to make sure their security can keep up with today’s complex and fast-evolving threats. Network edges have exploded, which has splintered the network perimeter across the entire infrastructure. 

This rapid expansion of the network edge has exacerbated the challenges caused by years of adding disparate point security products to solve one problem with no regard for an overall security strategy. These disparate solutions cannot work together and share information, making consistent security policy and end-to-end visibility impossible. Trying to maintain and monitor numerous hybrid, hardware, software, and X-as-a-Service solutions also overburdens security teams.

Fortinet’s operating system, FortiOS, is the foundation of the Fortinet Security Fabric, consolidating many technologies and use cases into a simplified, single policy and management framework.

What’s New in FortiOS 7.0

The release of FortiOS 7.0 dramatically expands the capability to deliver consistent security covering hybrid networks, endpoints, and cloud deployments through the Fortinet Security Fabric.

More than 300 new features and updates have been added to FortiOS, which span the full Fortinet portfolio. Key enhancements that secure and enable users no matter where they’re located are highlighted below.

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Secure Access Service Edge (SASE)

FortiOS 7.0 enables security and networking functionality to be delivered anywhere users and devices are located via cloud-based consumption (Security-as-a-Service). Fortinet is the only vendor capable of providing consistent protection across every network edge. Our FortiSASE solution delivers advanced enterprise-grade security, eliminating security gaps without impacting users.

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Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA)

FortiOS 7.0 delivers new ZTNA functionality to enable controlled remote access to applications to remote users, home offices, and other locations. It’s easier and faster to initiate than a traditional VPN, giving users a better experience while providing a more granular set of security protections. Users can automatically establish secure and reliable connections whether the applications they need to access are located in the data center, private cloud, or public cloud.

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FortiGuard Video Filtering Security Capability

FortiOS 7.0 introduces the industry’s first video filtering solution. This function adds granular protection to the video-intense content consumption patterns being driven by today’s remote users working and learning from everywhere.

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FortiOS 7.0 now provides self-healing capabilities through adaptive WAN remediations for Fortinet Secure SD-WAN to make the application experience more resilient. Fortinet has also expanded passive application monitoring for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and multi-cloud applications to support users working from anywhere.

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Network Firewall

Existing Fortinet consolidation and acceleration capabilities are enhanced by FortiOS 7.0 in the new FortiGate 7121F. This ultra-scalable chassis appliance offers pay-as-you-grow options with the industry’s highest threat protection performance. It also has 400 GbE support for high-performance data-center interconnectivity.

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LAN Edge - 5G

FortiOS 7.0 extends network connectivity and security beyond the WAN edge with 5G and LTE innovations that improve wireless network performance and increase resiliency. With a diverse Wireless WAN and LTE solution in place, organizations can achieve secure, scalable, and highly available network connectivity anywhere. It can operate as a powerful backup solution or as a primary connection service in remote locations where other services are unreliable or unavailable.

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Adaptive Cloud Security

Adaptive Cloud Security covers all public clouds, Software-as-a-Service applications, and hybrid cloud deployments to deliver consistent, seamless security that is able to follow applications and data. To do this, FortiOS 7.0 provides centralized management, auto-scaling, and dynamic load-balancing within and across multi-cloud environments. This optimizes user experience and expands operations, security, and visibility across multi-cloud environments.

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Fabric Management Center

The Fabric Management Center in FortiOS 7.0 offers a range of incident monitoring and response platforms and components for organizations of all levels of security maturity. The unified console is equipped with network automation capabilities to eliminate complexity challenges for operations teams.

FortiOS 7.0 also makes SOC-as-a-Service available to organizations wishing to offload security event analysis to experienced FortiGuard Labs threat hunters, researchers, analysts, engineers, and data scientists.

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