Fortinet unveils new OS for its web application firewall product family

Fortinet, a player in high-performance network security has introduced the next-generation operating system (OS) for its FortiWeb web application firewalls product family, providing important new security advancements to protect against increasingly malicious application layer attacks.

The new FortiWeb 5 OS, which is backward compatible with the entire FortiWeb family, features critical security advancements that include the ability to accurately identify the origin of web application traffic to proactively distinguish between legitimate and malicious sources.

FortiWeb provides the ability to distinguish between legitimate known search engine requests, scanners, crawlers and other threshold based tools. This expands the bot identification and analysis coverage recently introduced with the FortiGuard IP Reputation service, which monitors IPs that are compromised or behaving abnormally.

“The introduction of FortiWeb 5 and our new high end web application firewalls are designed for the most demanding enterprises and service providers,” said John Maddison, Vice President-Marketing, Fortinet.

In conjunction with the FortiWeb 5 rollout, Fortinet is also introducing three new Web application firewall appliances: the FortiWeb-3000D, FortiWeb-3000DFsx and FortiWeb-4000D, which are designed for large enterprises, service providers and large datacenters that require high performance web application security. The FortiWeb-3000D and FortiWeb-3000DFsx support up to 1.5 Gbps of throughput while the FortiWeb-4000D supports up 4 Gbps. The new appliances are claimed to be 50 to 100 % faster than their predecessors and provide robust protection against the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Top 10 risks and aid in PCI DSS 6.6 compliance.

“Not only are we introducing more intelligent protection against the OWASP  Top 10 threats, we’re delivering new appliances that leverage an application-aware load balancing engine to distribute traffic and route content across multiple Web servers,” he said.

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