Fortinet announces access control for IoT

FortiNAC line designed to provide granular and automated security for IoT endpoints

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Fortinet announces access control for IoT FortiNAC is intended to address the proliferation of unsecured IoT devices, says Maddison.
By  Mark Sutton Published  September 6, 2018

Fortinet has announced a new network access control solution that will help to secure IoT endpoints.

The FortiNAC product line is intended to provide a solution the challenge of securing the huge number of unsecured, headless IoT devices that are coming into use.

The security company says that the solution set can give enhanced visibility and control over IoT networks, with network segmentation and automated features for management and response.

The FortiNAC provides detailed profiling of each device on the network and enables granular network segmentation and automated responses for changes in device status or behaviour. This ensures each device only has access to approved items on the network.

FortiNAC establishes dynamic controls that ensure that all devices, whether wired or wirelessly connected, are authenticated or authorized, and are subject to a context-driven policy that defines who, what, when and where connectivity is permitted. This ensures that only the appropriate people and devices can connect to and access appropriate applications, infrastructure and assets. Additionally, FortiNAC can enforce company policies on device patching and firmware version.

FortiNAC also contains powerful network orchestration capabilities for delivering automated responses to identified threats and can perform threat containment in seconds, where a manual process could take days or weeks.

Furthermore, the FortiNAC network access control solution is cost-effective and highly scalable, the company says, extending visibility and protection to an unlimited number of devices and eliminating the need for deployment at every location of a multi-site installation.

"Digital transformation brings a proliferation of unsecure IoT devices accessing the network, and with it, the increased risk of a security breach", said John Maddison, SVP of products and solutions at Fortinet.

"FortiNAC allows organizations to identify every single device on the network and enable segmentation, giving each device access only to approved items. This functionality is delivered all within a solution that works with multi-vendor environments and an unlimited number of devices. FortiNAC strengthens the Fortinet Security Fabric for IoT deployments, delivering broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions across the entire attack surface. In the world of IoT, FortiNAC answers the question ‘what's on your network' and then enables you to protect it."

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