Fortinet Launches New Operational Technology Security Solution for Critical Infrastructure Organizations
Jan18

Fortinet Launches New Operational Technology Security Solution for Critical Infrastructure Organizations

Cyberattacks on critical infrastructure are becoming much more common. Cybersecurity reports suggest SCADA/ICS security breaches have been experienced by more than 50% of critical infrastructure organizations in the past 12 months alone. Those attacks can result in major disruption to essential services including energy, water, and healthcare. Unfortunately, there are major differences between traditional information technology and operational technology (OT). Consequently, most enterprise-class security solutions do not have visibility into OT systems due to the highly specialized nature of the technology. Without visibility, it is not possible to effectively defend against cyberattacks on OT systems. However, Fortinet has now developed a security solution that addresses the unique challenges of protecting operational technology. Its latest offering unifies the management and administration of both OT and IT via the Fortinet Security Fabric. The Fortinet Security Fabric allows organizations to deploy advanced cybersecurity controls to keep their OT systems, control systems, and...

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Fortinet Identifies Further Products Vulnerable to FortiGuard SSH Backdoor
Jan22

Fortinet Identifies Further Products Vulnerable to FortiGuard SSH Backdoor

products, which could be used to gain administrative control of certain devices. The backdoor existed in the FortiOS operating system in versions 4.x up to 5.0.7. The FortiGuard SSH (Secure Shell) backdoor had not been intentionally added, instead it was a flaw in its management system which used an undocumented account and hard-coded password. Fortinet reports that the flaw was due to “A feature that was designed with the intent of providing seamless access from an authorized FortiManager to registered FortiGate devices.”  This was therefore different to the security issues with Juniper Networks devices that had a backdoor inserted by a malicious actor. While an independent researcher discovered the flaw, Fortinet said that its own security team had identified the problem and patched it in 2014. FortiOS 4.3.17 and FortiOS 5.0.8 were patched in 2014, and all products running FortiOS versions 5.2 or 5.4 were not vulnerable to the exploit. While the issue appeared to have been addressed, the publication of the exploit prompted Fortinet to investigate other products to determine...

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Fortinet Launches Secure Cloud-Managed Enterprise WiFi Solution
Aug12

Fortinet Launches Secure Cloud-Managed Enterprise WiFi Solution

Fortinet has announced it has made several enhancements to its FortiCloud management system and has also introduced a new range of secure Wireless Access Points (APs) that can be managed entirely in the cloud. The updates and new line is part of the company’s drive to dominate the secure wireless networking market, which has been helped by the recent acquisition of Meru Networks: A leading supplier of wireless local area networks (WLANs) to the education, enterprise, hospitality, and healthcare industries. Wireless LAN solutions are convenient for organizations with facilities in multiple locations; however, deploying WLAN solutions is not without challenges. The architecture is often complex as networks need to be segregated, with separate networks used for guests and employees. Multiple WLAN controllers are often required, with separate security appliances also required, adding to both cost and complexity. The alternative is to use cloud-based WiFi solutions, and while there is now much more choice in this area, security remains a major concern. There are many security challenges...

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Fortinet Launches FortiGuard Mobile Subscription Service
May28

Fortinet Launches FortiGuard Mobile Subscription Service

Businesses that allow employees to use their own devices at work under BYOD schemes face challenges blocking threats from those devices. They lack visibility and often struggle to control mobile traffic. Wireless networks are becoming more popular in business environments and industry experts predict the popularity of wireless networks will continue to grow. Ultimately, wireless networks will dominate wired networks in enterprises. However, wireless networks pose security risks and security protections must be implemented to identity and block threats. Fortinet has now developed a solution that will improve both visibility and threat protection on wireless networks, especially for personally owned mobile devices used at work under BYOD schemes. The FortiGuard Mobile Security Service offers mobile malware protection and mobile application control for all Apple IOS and Android devices that connect to wireless networks. The FortiGuard Mobile Security Service offers threat protection through Fortinet’s global threat intelligence service, which supplies threat intelligence on both...

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AV-Comparatives Rates FortiGuard Top Security Product with Full Marks for Anti-Phishing and Malware Removal
Jan27

AV-Comparatives Rates FortiGuard Top Security Product with Full Marks for Anti-Phishing and Malware Removal

AV-Comparatives has given Fortinet’s FortiGuard full marks in its recent December Summary Report 2013. The Fortinet Advanced Threat Protection (APT) technology was given top marks (3 stars) for anti-phishing, proactive catch rate, file detection, malware removal, and its real-world test. For the report, AV-Comparatives assessed FortiGuard along with 21 other antivirus products for their ability to block malicious software without preventing legitimate content from being accessed. The assessments took place over the course of the year. AV-Comparatives publishes the findings of its research in its annual report and highlights the products that have performed the best and achieved the highest scores across all of the test areas. The reports help businesses choose the most effective anti-virus products. All of the 21 products under test achieved reasonable and acceptable scores in all test areas, although some products provided outstanding protection. Those products were recognized and give awards. AV-Comparatives CEO and Founder Andreas Clementi explained that not all of the products...

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