Fortinet releases three new appliances

Fortinet introduced three new members to its FortiWeb Web application firewall product family – the FortiWeb-4000C, FortiWeb-3000C FSX and FortiWeb-400C.

The new product line is designed to address the diverse needs of large enterprises, service providers and mid-sized organizations that must protect strategic Web applications from security breaches and data leakage.

Fortinet is also introducing enhancements to the FortiWeb 4.0 MR3 operating system that provide new logging and reporting, ease-of-use and security and configuration capabilities.

The high performance FortiWeb-4000C, targeting large data centers, is an enterprise-grade Web application firewall appliance that supports 70,000 transactions-per-second and 2 Gbps throughput. These performance benchmarks are substantially higher than competing systems in its class.

A key attribute of the FortiWeb-4000C is hardware-based acceleration for enforcing data loss prevention (DLP) policies that are designed primarily for the prevention of credit card and personal identification information theft. By providing dedicated hardware to DLP processes, the FortiWeb-4000C delivers better performance while freeing up core CPUs for other processing tasks.

The FortiWeb-3000C FSX retains all of the features and benefits of the FortiWeb-3000C appliance with the addition of a fiber bypass card to support large data centers requiring fiber support. The new appliance offers flexible deployment options with intelligent layer-seven load balancing and hardware- and software-based acceleration to improve resource utilization and application stability, while reducing server response times.

Replacing the FortiWeb-400B, the new FortiWeb-400C is a cost-effective Web application firewall appliance with faster CPUs and substantially higher memory.

The FortiWeb 4.0 MR3 operating system features enhancements in three key areas: logging and reporting, security and configuration and ease-of-use.

For improved logging and reporting, FortiWeb 4.0 MR3 provides integration with FortiAnalyzer, offering a simplified means of centrally managing all logs and reports from multiple FortiWeb physical or virtual appliances, as well as other Fortinet product lines. Real-time data analysis is simplified through a new FortiWeb analytics interface that enables organizations to analyse Web server usage from a Hit, Flow and Attack point of view. In addition, security administrators can map these requests based on their geographic point of origin.

To counteract DoS attacks, FortiWeb 4.0 MR3 features a new protection layer that provides network and application DoS policies. Leveraging new algorithms contained in these DoS policies, the FortiWeb product family can now analyse requests originating from users to determine their legitimacy or if they are being triggered by automated attacks associated with APT or new strains of malware. The new operating software also provides period blocking and supports advanced compression for more efficient bandwidth utilisation and improved user response time.

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