Fortinet Debuts FortiOS 7.6 and Major Enhancements to Security Fabric

By Stefania Viscusi  |  April 12, 2024

Cybersecurity solutions provider Fortinet announced a significant milestone with the launch of the latest version of the FortiOS operating system. Alongside this update, the company introduced major enhancements to its cybersecurity platform, the Fortinet (News - Alert) Security Fabric, aimed at empowering customers to better mitigate risks, reduce complexity, and enhance user experiences across their entire network.

The latest version, FortiOS 7.6 introduces new features crucial to modern cybersecurity, including Secure SD-WAN, secure access service edge (SASE), zero-trust network access (ZTNA), automation, provisioning, remote browser isolation, and digital experience monitoring (DEM). These enhancements come with flexible consumption options, including Software-as-a-Service (SaaS (News - Alert)) or Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), catering to diverse customer preferences.

FortiOS 7.6 also includes the integration of Generative AI (GenAI) capabilities, aimed at accelerating threat investigation and remediation. This integration extends to FortiAI (formerly Fortinet Advisor), seamlessly integrating with Fortinet's central data lake, FortiAnalyzer, and unified management console, FortiManager. By leveraging FortiAI across the Security Fabric, organizations can enhance threat analysis, response, and network security operations.

Comprehensive data protection capabilities across the network facilitate centralized data protection and enforcement points so enterprises can adopt and manage complete data loss prevention (DLP) strategies. These features also help to ensure sensitive information remains secure regardless of the location within the hybrid network environment.

Additional updates include endpoint detection and response features integrated into Fortinet's unified agent, FortiClient, providing ransomware protection, behavior-based detections, and automated response capabilities.

Fortinet also addresses the ongoing cyber skills shortage by offering out-of-the-box SIEM and SOAR services through FortiAnalyzer, complemented by a Managed FortiGate Service to support network operations teams.

“We founded Fortinet on the principle of fortifying our customers’ networks by converging networking into secure networking. To achieve this, we’ve spent the past two decades focused on organically developing our solutions around one operating system and investing in FortiASIC, our specialized compute processors. Today, FortiOS is the world’s most powerful, real-time network security operating system capable of simplifying management across content, applications, users, devices, data, and locations, and our proprietary FortiASICs deliver unprecedented performance, lower costs, and reduced energy consumption. Our dedication to over 20 years of organic innovation uniquely enables 30+ networking and security functions to work together, and we take great pride in enhancing the operating system that has already set the industry standard with the release of FortiOS 7.6,” said Ken Xie, Founder, Chairman of the Board, and Chief Executive Officer at Fortinet.

Edited by Greg Tavarez
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