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FortiOS Gets Better with the Latest Version

Brings major updates with OS 7.6.to deliver new generative AI, data protection, managed services, and unified agent features

FortiOS, the operating system of Fortinet, becomes powerful now with major enhancements in its latest version – FortiOS 7.6.

Ken Xie, Founder, Chairman of the Board, and Chief Executive Officer at Fortinet said,  

“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.”  

“We take great pride in enhancing the operating system that has already set the industry standard with the release of FortiOS 7.6.”  

Ken Xie, Founder, Chairman of the Board, and Chief Executive Officer at Fortinet

FortiOS 7.6 features spans the following areas:

· Hundreds of enhancements in FortiOS 7.6 deliver improvements across the Fortinet Security Fabric in areas such as Secure SD-WAN, secure access service edge (SASE), zero-trust network access (ZTNA), automation, provisioning, remote browser isolation, and digital experience monitoring (DEM), among other areas, all with flexible consumption (SaaS or PaaS) options.  

· GenAI for threat analysis and product deployment: Building on existing Generative AI (GenAI) capabilities for accelerated threat investigation and remediation, FortiOS 7.6 integrates FortiAI (formerly Fortinet Advisor) natively within Fortinet’s central data lake, FortiAnalyzer, and its unified management console, FortiManager. These integrations

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improve threat analysis and response and streamline network and security operations, respectively. Expanding FortiAI across the Fortinet Security Fabric facilitates faster decision-making, helps detect and remediate incidents quickly, and ensures organizations can easily adopt the technologies they require.  

· Comprehensive data protection capabilities across the network: Centralized data protection combined with enforcement points across the Fortinet Security Fabric will enable more enterprises to adopt and manage a complete data loss prevention (DLP) strategy. These FortiOS 7.6 enhanced features ensure sensitive information remains secure no matter where it resides within the hybrid network.  

Additional updates to enhance the Fortinet Security Fabric include:

· Endpoint detection and response features added to Fortinet’s unified agent: FortiClient, the Fortinet Security Fabric’s unified agent, will integrate with full endpoint detection and response (EDR) to add ransomware protection, behavior-based detections, and automated response, as well as deeper visibility, control, and ZTNA remote access capabilities. Fortinet delivers a unified agent that includes VPN, ZTNA, endpoint protection platform (EPP), EDR, DEM, network access control (NAC), and SASE to reduce agent sprawl and simplify management across complex environments.  

· More ways to combat the cyber skills shortage: On top of GenAI, FortiAnalyzer now includes options for out-of-the-box SIEM and SOAR services, delivering broader data ingestion and automated playbooks to streamline the adoption and expansion of security operations (SecOps). Ops augmentation is already available with our robust SOC-as-a-Service offering to assist SecOps, and we have now added a Managed FortiGate Service to support network operations teams. These services reflect Fortinet’s dedication to supporting our partners as they grow their portfolios to reach a broader audience and promote best-practice deployments everywhere. These services specifically help our partners better overcome the ongoing cyber skills shortage and streamline the digital transformation of their end customers.  

The Power of One Operating System

Fortinet’s dedication to integrating its portfolio across one operating system, coupled with its investments in custom ASICs, has yielded tangible benefits for customers of all sizes.

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