Fortinet, Inc., incorporated on November 28, 2000, is a network security company. The Company provides cyber security solutions to a range of enterprises, service providers and government organizations across the world. It provides protection against cyber-attacks and the technology to take on security performance requirements of the network. It offers a range of security products and solutions, providing customers with an integrated network security architecture and a source of threat intelligence to identify and minimize security gaps. The Company’s network security solution consists of FortiGate physical, software and cloud solutions, which are deployable in the business environments of enterprises, service providers and small and medium-sized businesses, as well as government organizations. These platforms provide a range of integrated security and networking functions to help protect data, applications and users from network- and content-level security threats.
The Company’s FortiGate appliance platform may be deployed as core firewalls, internal segmentation firewalls, next generation firewalls (NGFW), distributed firewalls, virtual firewalls, cloud firewalls, carrier class firewalls, data center firewalls (DCFW) and connected unified threat management (UTM) systems. For access networks, it offers wireless access points and switch appliances, which integrate secure wireless and wired access capabilities into the FortiGate network security platform. FortiGate, FortiManager, FortiAnalyzer and other related products work to provide deployment across physical and virtual networks, and private, hybrid and public cloud infrastructure, as well as to endpoint and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. FortiManager provides customers with management of multiple FortiGates, and FortiAnalyzer provides a single point of network log data collection. FortiSIEM provides organizations with a security intelligence solution covering the network from IoT to the cloud, with analytics that help manage network security.
The Fortinet Security Fabric also includes a range of products, which include FortiMail e-mail security, FortiSandbox advanced threat protection (ATP), FortiWeb Web application firewall, FortiDDoS distributed denial of service attack mitigation appliances, FortiDB database security appliances, FortiClient endpoint security software, FortiAP secure wireless access points and FortiSwitch secure switch connectivity products. Its FortiGuard security subscription uses global threat feeds and dedicated threat analysts to create real-time threat intelligence and security updates to complement Fortinet products. Its global FortiCare customer support team provides global technical support for all Fortinet products. It also provides a range of professional services to help organizations with the planning, design, implementation and optimization of their security infrastructures and technical training for customers and partners through its Network Security Expert Program.
The Company’s FortiGate physical and virtual appliances’ security and networking functions include firewall, intrusion prevention, anti-malware, virtual private network (VPN), application control, Web filtering, anti-spam and wide area network (WAN) acceleration. The FortiGate physical appliances include its FortiASICs to accelerate content and network security features implemented within FortiOS. FortiGate platforms can be centrally managed through both embedded Web-based and command line interfaces, as well as through FortiManager, which provides central management architecture for thousands of FortiGate physical and virtual appliances across a range of hypervisor platforms. The FortiGate-20 through -100 series models are designed for perimeter protection for small- to medium-sized businesses. The FortiGate-200 through -900 series models are designed for perimeter deployment in medium-sized to large enterprise networks. The FortiGate-1000 through -5000 series models deliver performance and scalable network security functionality for perimeter, data center and deployment in enterprise and service provider networks. It also integrates additional technologies within FortiGate appliances that differentiate its solutions, including data leakage protection, traffic optimization, secure socket layer inspection, threat vulnerability management and wireless controller technology. In addition to these in-built features, the Company offers a range of wireless access points and controllers.
Fortinet Management and Analysis Products
The Company’s FortiManager and FortiAnalyzer physical and virtual products are sold in conjunction with commercial and enterprise deployments. The FortiManager family of products provides a central management solution for its FortiGate products, including software updates, configuration, policy settings and security updates. One FortiManager product is capable of managing thousands of FortiGate units, and also provides central management for FortiClient software. FortiManager facilitates the coordination of policy-based provisioning, device configuration and operating system revision management, as well as network security monitoring and device control. The Company’s FortiAnalyzer family of products provides network logging, analyzing, and reporting solutions that aggregate content and log data from its FortiGate devices and other Fortinet products, as well as third-party devices to allow network logging, analysis and reporting.
FortiGuard Security Subscription Services
The Company’s FortiGuard Labs global threat research uses automated and manual processes to identify emerging threats, collects threat samples, and replicates, reviews, characterizes and collates attack data. The FortiGuard security subscription services are designed to enable delivery of new threat detection capabilities to end-customers as new threats evolve. End customers purchase FortiGuard security subscription services to obtain access to regular updates for application control, antivirus, intrusion prevention, Web filtering and anti-spam functions for its FortiGate products; antivirus, Web filtering and VPN functions for its FortiClient software; antivirus and anti-spam functions for its FortiMail products; vulnerability management for its FortiGate, FortiAnalyzer and FortiMonitor products; database functions for its FortiDB appliance; Web functions for its FortiWeb appliances, and threat protection for its FortiSandbox on premise and cloud products.
FortiCare Technical Support Services
The Company’s FortiCare services portfolio includes technical support and extended product warranty. The Company also provides all levels of support to its end customers, as well as second- and third-level support. It also provides knowledge management tools and customer self-help portals to help augment its support capabilities. It delivers technical support to partners and end-customers through regional technical support centers located around the world.
The Company offers professional services to end customers, including Technical Account Managers (TAMs), Resident Engineers (REs) and professional service consultants for implementations. Its professional services consultants help in the design of deployments of its products and work with end customer engineers, managers and other project team members to implement its products according to design, utilizing network analysis tools, attack simulation software and scripts.
The Company offers training services to its end customers and channel partners through its training department and training partners. It has a training certification program, Network Security Expert, to help an understanding of its products and services.
The Company competes with Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., Cisco Systems, Inc., F5 Networks, Inc., FireEye, Inc., Intel, Juniper Networks, Inc., Palo Alto Networks, Inc., SonicWALL, Inc., Sophos Group Plc and Symantec Corporation.