Fortinet licensing regarding FortiGuard Protection

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Changes to Fortinet licensing regarding FortiGuard Protection

Many of VPLS Solutions’ customers have attempted to renew their Fortinet subscriptions this year only to find out that the SKU they purchased last year is no longer available. The reason for this is because Fortinet has added some additional features to their FortiGuard Protection packages, and the new SKU reflects that you will be renewing with the additional features included.

FortiGuardEnterprise Protection

Three new services were added to the Enterprise Protection package:

  1. Industrial Security

Industrial Security allows your FortiGate’s IPS security profile access to a continuously updated list of signatures developed for Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) protocols. These are a must for companies protecting or accessing industrial machinery and utilities.

More info here.

  1. Security Rating

The Security Rating feature (previously called the Security Fabric Audit in FortiOS 5.6) is a built-in vulnerability and best practice scanning tool for all the Fortinet devices that are a part of your Security Fabric.

The subscription provides your FortiGate a constantly updated list of these security posture checks so that as best practices change, and new vulnerabilities emerge, you are ensured that the Security Rating provides up-to-date information.

More info here.

  1. FortiCASB

FortiCASB is Fortinet’s cloud-native Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) service which, using direct API access, enables deep inspection and policy management for data stored in cloud application platforms.

Your subscription will provide you access to the service at forticasb.com where you can then connect FortiCASB to your organizations cloud platforms, such as Office365, Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Amazon AWS.

FortiGuard Unified (UTM) Protection

The FortiGuard UTM Protection has one additional service – it now includes FortiCloud Sandbox.

FortiCloud Sandbox provides an antivirus sandbox environment where suspicious files will be sent and run on isolated VMs. Once a suspicious file is “live” in that environment, FortiCloud Sandbox will analyze the file’s behavior in order to detect known and zero-day threats.

FortiCloud Sandbox is NSS Labs “Recommended” for breach detection and ICSA labs certified for advanced threat defense.

More info here.


If your organization is in need of renewing its Fortinet subscriptions, contact us. VPLS Solutions is a Platinum Fortinet partner, Fortinet’s highest partner status level, with numerous Fortinet certified personnel on staff. Additionally, VPLS Solutions has two Fortinet NSE 8 Engineers on staff. The NSE 8 is the highest Fortinet certification and VPLS Solutions is the first Fortinet partner to have an engineer with the NSE 8 certification. Let VPLS Solutions’ team of certified engineering professionals assist you with all of your FortiGuard Protection needs. For more information, please contact us. We look forward to partnering with you.