Security Profiles components

Security Profiles components



Your FortiGate unit stores a virus signature database that can identify more than 15,000 individual viruses. FortiGate models that support additional virus databases are able to identify hundreds of thousands of viruses. With a FortiGuard AntiVirus subscription, the signature databases are updated whenever a new threat is discovered.

AntiVirus also includes file filtering. When you specify files by type or by file name, the FortiGate unit will stop the matching files from reaching your users.

FortiGate units with a hard drive or configured to use a FortiAnalyzer unit can store infected and blocked files for that you can examine later.


Web Filter

Web filtering includes a number of features you can use to protect or limit your users’ activity on the web. FortiGuard Web Filtering is a subscription service that allows you to limit access to web sites. More than 60 million web sites and two billion web pages are rated by category. You can choose to allow or block each of the 77 categories.

URL filtering can block your network users from access to URLs that you specify.

Web content filtering can restrict access to web pages based on words and phrases appearing on the web page itself. You can build lists of words and phrases, each with a score. When a web content list is selected in a web filter profile, you can specify a threshold. If a user attempts to load a web page and the score of the words on the page exceeds the threshold, the web page is blocked.


DNS Filter

Application Control

Although you can block the use of some applications by blocking the ports they use for communications, many applications do not use standard ports to communicate. Application control can detect the network traffic of more than 1000 applications, improving your control over application communication.


Intrusion Protection

The FortiGate Intrusion Protection System (IPS) protects your network against hacking and other attempts to exploit vulnerabilities of your systems. More than 3,000 signatures are able to detect exploits against various operating systems, host types, protocols, and applications. These exploits can be stopped before they reach your internal network.

You can also write custom signatures, tailored to your network.



FortiGuard Anti-Spam is a subscription service that includes an IP address black list, a URL black list, and an email checksum database. These resources are updated whenever new spam messages are received, so you do not need to maintain any lists or databases to ensure accurate spam detection.

You can use your own IP address lists and email address lists to allow or deny addresses, based on your own needs and circumstances.


Data Leak Prevention

Data Leak Prevention (DLP) allows you to define the format of sensitive data. The FortiGate unit can then monitor network traffic and stop sensitive information from leaving your network. Rules for U.S. social security numbers, Canadian social insurance numbers, as well as Visa, Mastercard, and American Express card numbers are included.



The Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) is an IETF application layer signaling protocol used for establishing, conducting, and terminating multiuser multimedia sessions over TCP/IP networks using any media. SIP is often used for Voice over IP (VoIP) calls but can be used for establishing streaming communication between end points.

For more information, see VoIP Solutions: SIP.



This module allows for the offloading of certain processes to a separate server so that your FortiGate firewall can optimize its resources and maintain the best level of performance possible.


FortiClient Profiles

FortiClient is a comprehensive endpoint security solutions that extends the power of Fortinet’s Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) to end user devices. 5.4.0 has brought two notable capabilities for the detection of Advanced Persistent Threats (APT), including Botnet Command and Control (C&C) Communications Detection and FortiSandbox integration (Windows only).

For more information, see FortiClient 5.4.0 Administration Guide.


Proxy Options

Proxy Options includes features you can configure for when your FortiGate is operating in proxy mode, including protocol port mapping, block oversized files/emails, and other web and email options.


SSL Inspection

SSL Inspection (otherwise known as Deep Inspection) is used to scan HTTPS traffic in the same way that HTTP traffic can be scanned. This allows the FortiGate to receive and open up the encrypted traffic on behalf of the client, then the traffic is re-encrypted and sent on to its intended destination.

Individual Deep Inspection profiles can be created, depending on the requirements of the policy. Depending on the profile, you can:

  • Configure which CA certificate will be used to descrypt the SSL encrypted traffic
  • Configure which SSL protocols will be inspected
  • Configure which ports will be associated with which SSL protocols for inspection
  • Configure whether or not to allow invalid SSL certificates
  • Configure whether or not SSH traffic will be inspected

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