Fortinet gears up for intent-based network security, unveils FortiOS 5.6

|January 17, 2017 0

 

Fortinet has announced enhanced offerings that provide the building blocks for tomorrow’s self-provisioning, self-operating and self-correcting, Intent-Based Network Security. The latest innovations in the Security Fabric include the release of FortiOS 5.6, along with Fortinet’s new Security Operations Solution.

According to a recent Gartner report by Joe Skorupa and Andrew Lerner, “Intent-based networking adoption is being driven by digital business transformation’s requirements to increase network agility while increasing reliability/availability. The increasing complexity of networks, combined with critical skills shortages in design/deploy/operate tasks, are increasing pressure on infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders to find a better way to map the requirements of the business to infrastructure behavior in a timely, consistent and verifiable way.”

As a complement to intent-based networking technologies, Fortinet’s vision is to deliver Intent-Based Network Security that will enable the Fortinet Security Fabric to automatically translate business requirements into synchronized network security actions without human intervention.

This will free enterprises to design more advanced security architectures while greatly simplifying complex deployments and reducing operational burdens; ultimately delivering largely self-sufficient technology infrastructures capable of continuously maintaining an optimal security posture across the entire attack surface.

Ken Xie, founder, chairman of the board and chief executive officer at Fortinet said, “The demands of today’s digital economy are driving increasingly complex networks that require highly skilled and rare talent to design, deploy, operate, and most importantly secure. Today’s point products and platform security solutions simply aren’t capable of providing the solution breadth, processing performance, or advanced automation necessary to address these demands. It’s clear that traditional approaches to security are quickly becoming unsustainable.”

The major enhancements to Fortinet’s flagship operating system combined with its Security Operations Solution deliver unprecedentevision and automation capabilities across an enterprise’s entire infrastructure, from the endpoints to the cloud. These combined capabilities also represent continued innovation of the Fortinet Security Fabric and provide a framework for tomorrow’s advanced Intent-Based Network Security.

FortiOS Release 5.6 will be available to download in the first quarter of 2017.

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