Components

The Fortinet Security Fabric consists of different components that work together to secure you network.

The following devices are required to create a Security Fabric:

Device

Description

FortiGate

FortiGate devices are the core of the Security Fabric and can have one of the following roles:

  • Root:

    The root FortiGate is the main component in the Security Fabric. It is typically located on the edge of the network and connects the internal devices and networks to the Internet through your ISP. From the root FortiGate, you can see information about the entire Security Fabric on the Physical and Logical Topology pages in the GUI.

  • Downstream:

    After a root FortiGate is installed, all other FortiGate devices in the Security Fabric act as Internal Segmentation Firewalls (ISFWs), located at strategic points in your internal network, rather than on the network edge. This allows extra security measures to be taken around key network components, such as servers that contain valuable intellectual property. ISFW FortiGate devices create network visibility by sending traffic and information about the devices that are connected to them to the root FortiGate.

See Configuring the root FortiGate and downstream FortiGates for more information about adding FortiGate devices in the Security Fabric.

FortiGate documentation: https://docs.fortinet.com/product/fortigate

FortiAnalyzer*

FortiAnalyzer gives you increased visibility into your network, centralized monitoring, and awareness of threats, events, and network activity by collecting and correlating logs from all Security Fabric devices. This gives you a deeper and more comprehensive view across the entire Security Fabric.

See Configuring FortiAnalyzer for more information about adding FortiAnalyzer devices in the Security Fabric.

FortiAnalyzer documentation: https://docs.fortinet.com/product/fortianalyzer

Cloud Logging*

There are two options for cloud logging: FortiAnalyzer Cloud and FortiGate Cloud. Either can be used to enable the Security Fabric root device; however, if using FortiGate Cloud, all downstream devices must belong to the same FortiCloud account.

See FortiGate Cloud for more information about configuring a Security Fabric with FortiGate Cloud.

FortiGate Cloud documentation: https://docs.fortinet.com/product/fortigate-cloud

* FortiAnalyzer or Cloud Logging is a required component for the Security Fabric. Either FortiAnalyzer, FortiAnalyzer Cloud, or FortiGate Cloud can be used to met this requirement.

The following devices are recommended:

Device

Description

FortiAI

FortiAI uses artificial neural networks (ANN) that can deliver sub-second malware detection and a verdict. Add FortiAI to your Security Fabric to automatically quarantine attacks.

See FortiAI for more information about adding FortiAI devices in the Security Fabric.

FortiAI documentation: https://docs.fortinet.com/product/fortiai

FortiAP

Add FortiAP devices to extend the Security Fabric to your wireless devices. Devices connected to a FortiAP appear in the Physical and Logical Topology pages in the Security Fabric menu.

See FortiAP and FortiSwitch for more information about adding FortiAP devices in the Security Fabric.

FortiAP documentation: https://docs.fortinet.com/product/fortiap

FortiClient

FortiClient adds endpoint control to devices that are located in the Security Fabric, allowing only traffic from compliant devices to flow through the FortiGate. FortiClient compliance profiles are applied by the first FortiGate that a device’s traffic flows through. Device registration and on-net status information for a device that is running FortiClient appears only on the FortiGate that applies the FortiClient profile to that device.

FortiClient documentation: https://docs.fortinet.com/product/forticlient

FortiDeceptor

FortiDeceptor automatically lays out a layer of decoys and lures, which helps conceal sensitive and critical assets behind a fabricated deception surface to confuse and redirect attackers while revealing their presence on your network.

See FortiDeceptor for more information about adding FortiDeceptor devices in the Security Fabric.

FortiDeceptor documentation: https://docs.fortinet.com/product/fortideceptor

FortiClient EMS

FortiClient EMS is used in the Security Fabric to provide visibility across your network, securely share information, and assign security profiles to endpoints.

See FortiClient EMS for more information about adding FortiClient EMS devices in the Security Fabric.

FortiClient EMS documentation: https://docs.fortinet.com/product/forticlient

FortiMail

FortiMail antispam processing helps offload from other devices in the Security Fabric that would typically carry out this process.

See FortiMail for more information about adding FortiMail devices in the Security Fabric.

FortiMail documentation: https://docs.fortinet.com/product/fortimail

FortiManager

Add FortiManager to simplify the network management of devices in the Security Fabric by centralizing management access in a single device. This allows you to easily control the deployment of security policies, FortiGuard content security updates, firmware revisions, and individual configurations for devices in the Security Fabric.

See FortiManager for more information about adding FortiManager devices in the Security Fabric.

FortiManager documentation: https://docs.fortinet.com/product/fortimanager

FortiSandbox

Add FortiSandbox to your Security Fabric to improve security with sandbox inspection. Sandbox integration allows FortiGate devices in the Security Fabric to automatically receive signature updates from FortiSandbox and add the originating URL of any malicious file to a blocked URL list.

See Sandboxing for more information about adding FortiSandbox devices in the Security Fabric.

FortiSandbox documentation: https://docs.fortinet.com/product/fortisandbox

FortiSwitch

A FortiSwitch can be added to the Security Fabric when it is managed by a FortiGate that is in the Security Fabric with the FortiLink protocol, and connected to an interface with Security Fabric Connection enabled. FortiSwitch ports to become logical extensions of the FortiGate.

Devices connected to the FortiSwitch appear in the Physical and Logical Topology pages in the Security Fabric menu, and security features, such as FortiClient compliance profiles, are applied to them.

See FortiAP and FortiSwitch for more information about adding FortiSwitch devices in the Security Fabric.

FortiSwitch documentation: https://docs.fortinet.com/product/fortiswitch

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