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FortiSandbox: Zero-day Threat Protection

An AI-powered, top-rated, integrated sandbox

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What is a Malware Sandbox?

Unlike previous generation of viruses that were non-sophisticated and low in volume, antivirus tools were sufficient to provide reasonable protection with their database of signatures.

However, today’s modern malware entails new techniques such as use of exploits. Exploiting a vulnerability in a legitimate application can cause anomalous behavior and it’s this behavior that attackers take advantage of to compromise computer systems. The process of an attack by exploiting an unknown software vulnerability is what is known as a zero-day attack aka 0-day attack, and before sandboxing there was no effective means to stop it.

A malware sandbox, within the computer security context, is a system that confines the actions of an application, such as opening a Word document, to an isolated environment. Within this safe environment the sandbox analyzes the dynamic behavior of an object and its various application interactions in a pseudo-user environment and uncovers any malicious intent. So if something unexpected or wanton happens, it affects only the sandbox and not the other computers and devices on the network. In parallel, any malicious intent is captured, leading to an alert and relevant threat intelligence generated to stop this zero-day attack.

Typical characteristics found in a malware sandbox:

  1. Detection engine consisting of static and dynamic analysis to capture both malware attributes and techniques
  2. Emulation of various device OS including Windows, macOS, Linux, and SCADA/ICS, and associated applications and protocols
  3. Accepts a multitude of sources including network packets, file shares, on-demand submission and automated submissions by NGFW, SEG, EPP/EDR, and WAF, other integrated security controls
  4. Reporting and automated sharing of threat intelligence
  5. Flexible deployment modes such as appliance, VM, SaaS and Public Cloud to fit various on-prem and cloud environments
To learn more about sandboxing, please refer to NSE 2 Sandbox


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Fortinet FortiSandbox Solution automates protection of your organization from 0-day attacks across various threat vectors.

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Fortinet Malware Sandbox Solution

  • First-in-the-industry patent-pending Machine Learning (ML)-based static analysis, and ML-based dynamic analysis
  • MITRE ATT&CK standards-based reporting
  • Automated 0-day breach protection with integration to both Fortinet and non-Fortinet solutions


"Deploying FortiSandbox to protect our organization against zero-day threats was seamless through Fortinet’s Security Fabric platform. FortiSandbox secures our perimeter, client and mail servers, and ultimately is protecting our assets from advanced unknown threats. Leveraging FortiSandbox’s AI-driven capabilities has helped us keep pace with AI-driven threats, all while providing an easy and simplified way to configure and manage our security."
Dario Palermo
System and Network Administrator at Ente Autonomo Volturno


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FortiSandbox: Zero-day Threat Protection News


FortiSandbox consistently awarded a Recommendation from NSS Labs and Certification from ICSA Labs

Fortinet’s FortiSandbox combined security efficacy, performance and low TCO is an industry proven solution. See the report to learn more about how other vendors compare to Fortinet.

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Sandbox and AV: Which is better?

  Sandbox AV
0-day Malware Yes No
Type of malware detection Known, polymorphic, unknown Known and polymorphic
Malware analysis Static and Dynamic/Behavior Signature-based and Static

Features and Benefits


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Independently top-rated

NSS Labs "Recommended" for sandbox-powered breach detection and breach prevention, and ICSA Labs certified for advanced threat defense
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Improved efficacy and performance

Leverages two machine learning models that enhance static and dynamic malware analysis of zero-day threats
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Accelerated threat investigation

Built-in MITRE ATT&CK matrix identifies a variety of malware techniques
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Broad integration

Extends zero-day threat detection to a next-generation firewall, web application firewall, secure email gateway, and endpoint protection platform
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Automated breach protection

Speeds mitigation by sharing real-time updates to disrupt threats at the origin and subsequent immunization across the entire organization
Malware Protection

Unified IT-OT zero-day threat protection

Protects across both IT and OT environments and assets from malware

Building a Cybersecurity Workforce

Advanced training for security professionals, technical training for IT professionals, and awareness training for teleworkers.

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FortiSandbox Models and Specifications

FortiSandbox broad form factor offering including physical, virtual appliance to public cloud and as a hosted service that supports various deployment options to fit any environment. 

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Form Factor
1 RU
Effective real-world throughput (files/hr)
4x GE RJ45 ports
Form Factor
1 RU
Effective real-world throughput (files/hr)
4x GE RJ45 ports, 4x GE SFP slots
Form Factor
2 RU
Effective real-world throughput (files/hr)
4x GE RJ45 ports, 2x 10 GE SFP+ slots
Form Factor
2 RU
Effective real-world throughput (files/hr)
4x GE RJ45 ports, 2x 10 GE SFP+ slots
FortiSandbox VM supports VMware ESXi version 5.1 or later, and Linux KVM CentOS 7.2 or later. 

Effective real-world throughput (files/hr)
Hardware dependent
6 (minimum) virtual network interfaces
Effective real-world throughput (files/hr)
6 (minimum) virtual network interfaces

As businesses move to the cloud, it is imperative to extend a seamless security infrastructure to protect workloads and assets in the cloud against sophisticated threats. FortiSandbox native support of public cloud includes Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, allows organizations to build a comprehensive cloud security architecture that integrates FortiSandbox (sandbox) with FortiGate (NGFW), FortMail (SEG), FortiWeb (WAF), FortiClient (EPP), FortiSIEM (SIEM), and 3rd party solutions.

AWS Marketplace: 

Azure Marketplace:

FortiSandbox Cloud offers an alternate deployment option to an on-premise FortiSandbox for organizations searching for a turnkey solution. It delivers the same rapid detection and automated response, but from the cloud. This provides unlimited flexibility to integrate sandbox analysis of zero-day threats to any security control e.g. firewall, secure email gateway, endpoint protection, and others, to automate threat protection across multiple locations.

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FortiGuard Security Services for FortiGuard Service Bundles

FortiSandbox employs FortiGuard Threat Intelligence including an extended AV signature set, IPS, Web Filtering, emerging malware query, and sandbox engine updates to improve the robustness of threat detection as well as accelerate threat analysis and verdict determination. 


FortiGuard Antivirus protects against the latest viruses, spyware, and other content-level threats. It uses industry-leading advanced detection engines to prevent both new and evolving threats from gaining a foothold inside your network and accessing its invaluable content.

Intrusion Prevention

FortiGuard IPS protects against the latest network intrusions by detecting and blocking threats before they reach network devices.

Web Filtering

Protects your organization by blocking access to malicious, hacked, or inappropriate websites.

FortiSandbox Alliance Partners

FortiSandbox provides integration with many leading IT vendors as part of the Fortinet Security Fabric.  Below is a list of current FortiSandbox Fabric-Ready API Alliance Partners:


NSS Labs Breach Prevention Systems (BPS) Test 2019 

NSS Labs BPS focuses on both detecting and blocking of exploits, advanced malware, and evasions which is critical in reducing the risk of breaches. This test helps emphasize the importance in the automation of the advanced threat response cycle of prevent-detect-mitigate across a number of threat vectors including web, email, and endpoint. Fortinet's Breach Protection tested solution consists of FortiSandbox, FortiGate, and FortiClient integrated together, earned a Recommended award by achieving an overall Security Effectiveness of 97.8% and offering the lowest 3-year TCO. 

NSS Labs Breach Prevention Systems (BPS) Test 2019

ICSA Certified for Advanced Threat Defense

With data breaches continuing to make headlines, new product and solutions designed to detect and prevent the advanced attacks often at the root of these breaches have emerged. To help organizations assess the effectiveness of these new offerings, ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon (author or the annual Data Breach Investigations Report or DBIR), recently introduced a new independent, Advanced Threat Defense certification, and Email certification.

NSS Labs Breach Detection Systems Test 2017 and SVM

According to Verizon's 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report, 99% of malware is delivered by email and the web. In the NSS Breach Detection System 2017 test, newly introduced FortiSandbox 2000E blocked 100% of advanced malware delivered over these two vectors and 99% overall offered at the lowest TCO, earning the NSS Labs “Recommended” rating.

Product Demo

Today's sophisticated zero-day and targeted attacks cannot be stopped by any one type of security. Zero-day threat protection is key to preventing data breaches and other consequences of a successful attack. Check out the full demo of the Fortinet AI-powered sandbox, FortiSandbox, and see how MITRE ATT&CK reporting and actionable dashboards speed response. This consolidated approach inspects all protocols and performs all functions on a unified, high-performance appliance.

Below are answers to common questions regarding FortiSandbox and related services:

Is FortiSandbox a point only solution?

FortiSandbox supports standalone and integrated deployment model. As a standalone, FortiSandbox can sniff packets via TAP/SPAN, scan files in a repository or accept files via on-demand submission, and via ICAP/JSON API. As an integrated solution, FortiSandbox accepts submission from FortiGate, FortiMail, FortiWeb, FortiProxy, FortiADC, FortiClient and Fabric-Ready partners and shares zero-day intelligence in real-time across integrated devices for rapid mitigation.

Does FortiSandbox fit my security infrastructure?

FortiSandbox form-factors range from a managed solution, appliance, VM, and public cloud that would meet a range of requirements from SMB to large enterprise to cloud-first organizations. 

How effective is FortiSandbox against advanced threats?

FortiSandbox has garnered Recommendations from NSS Labs Breach Detection TestBreach Prevention Test, and ICSA Advanced Threat Defense.

How fast can FortiSandbox be up and running?

Users can use Fortisandbox on day one by leveraging default VMs with pre-built OS and application license. Optionally, users can build a custom VM to replicate their standard end-user profile.

How do I test drive FortiSandbox?

A self-driven FortiSandbox demo can be found here. You may also request a threat assessment (with FortiSandbox) or request a live FortiSandbox demo by contacting us here.