FortiView interface

FortiView interface

FortiView lets you access information about the traffic activity on your FortiGate, visually and textually. FortiView is broken up into several consoles, each of which features a top menu bar and a graph window, as seen in the following image:


FortiView Application console sorted by Sessions (Blocked/Allowed)

The top menu bar features:

  • a Refresh button, which updates the data displayed,
  • a Filter button, for filtering the data by category,
  • a Settings button (containing additional viewing settings and a link to the Threat Weight menu).
  • a drop-down menu of different views:
  • Time Display (options: now, 5 minutes, 1 hour, or 24 hours),
  • Table View
  • Timeline View
  • Bubble Chart 1
  • Country Map 2

1 For information on the Bubble Chart, refer to Bubble Chart Visualization on page 1157.

2 For more information on the Country Map, refer to Countries on page 1162.



The FortiView graph

The graph window can be hidden using the X in the top right corner, and re-added by selecting Show Graph. To zoom in on a particular section of the graph, click and drag from one end of the desired section to the other. This will appear in the Time Display options as a Custom selection. The minimum selection size is 60 seconds.

Only FortiGate models 100D and above support the 24 hour historical data.


Bubble Chart Visualization


Notes about the Bubble Chart:

  • It is possible to sort on the Bubble Chart using the Sort By: dropdown menu.
  • The size of each bubble represents the related amount of data.
  • Place your cursor over a bubble to display a tool-tip with detailed info on that item.
  • You can click on a bubble to drilldown into greater (filtered) detail.


Links created between FortiView and View/Create Policy

The Policy column in FortiView consoles and the Log Viewer pages includes a link, which navigates to the IPv4 or IPv6 policy list and highlights the policy.

Right-clicking on a row in FortiView or the Log Viewer has menu items for Block Source, Block Destination and Quarantine Source where appropriate columns are available to determine these values. When multiple rows are selected, the user will be prompted to create a named Address Group to contain the new addresses.

When the user clicks Block Source or Block Destination they are taken to a policy creation page with enough information filled in to create a policy blocking the requested IP traffic.

The policy page will feature an informational message block at the top describing the actions that will be taken. Once the user submits the form, the requisite addresses, groups and policy will be created at once.

If the user clicks on Quarantine User then they will be prompted for a duration. They may also check a box for a Permanent Ban. The user can manage quarantined users under Monitor > User Quarantine Monitor.


Visualization support for the Admin Logins page

A useful chart is generated for Admin login events under FortiView > Admin Logins. You can view the information in either Table View or Timeline View (shown below). In Timeline View, each line represents on administrator, with individual sessions indicated per administrator line. When you hover over a particular timeline, detailed information appears in a tooltip.

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