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Fortinet Launches New DDoS Protection Appliances for Enterprises and MSPs

11
Mar
2014

Network security vendor Fortinet has launched four new DDoS protection appliances designed for mid to large-sized enterprises and managed service providers (MSPs).

According to Fortinet, a new behavior-based attack mitigation engine helps its new FortiDDoS appliances detect more types of attacks, and allowing them to identify and mitigate threats based on patterns and intentions rather than content.

The new line of appliances, which include the FortiDDoS-400B, FortiDDoS-800B, FortiDDoS-1000B and FortiDDoS-2000B, do not require signatures and are able to better protect against zero-day attacks by dynamically monitoring trends versus waiting for a signature file to be updated, the company said.

A very short blocking period achieved using high-performance ASICs allows the appliance to continuously reevaluate attacks. This reduces the impact of false positives if traffic patterns return to normal.

“We’ve dramatically improved the way we identify DDoS attack types since we released our first appliances in 2012. The adaptive, behavior-based attack monitoring introduced in today’s models automatically identifies any type of DDoS attack, including zero-days, and almost immediately takes action to mitigate it,” said John Maddison, vice president of marketing for Fortinet.

Fortinet says that it leverges a 100 percent custom ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) approach in its DDoS protection products, which eliminates the overhead with CPU or CPU/ASIC hybrid systems.

The second-generation FortiASIC-TP2 traffic processor provides both detection and mitigation of DDoS attacks in a single processor that handles all layer 3, 4 and 7 traffic types, Fortinet said.

FortiDDoS builds a baseline of normal application activity and then monitors traffic against it. Should an attack begin, FortiDDoS would see this as an anomaly and then immediately take action to mitigate it.

According to Fortinet, FortiDDoS uses a bi-directional approach by monitoring normal inbound and outbound traffic and then using a reputation scoring system, rates IP addresses that are “good” and others that are participating in the attack.

“The good traffic is allowed to proceed, but the offending IP addresses are temporarily blocked,” the company explained. “If they’re determined to be a real threat after repeated reevaluation, they are blocked for a much longer period of time.”

Product specifications and pricing for the FortiDDoS Appliances are as follows:

· Priced at $39,995, the FortiDDoS-400B features 4 Gbps full-duplex throughput, 16 1 Gbps RJ-45 copper and SFP ports for LAN and WAN connectivity with support for up to 1 million simultaneous connections.

· Priced at $69,995, the FortiDDoS-800B features 8 Gbps full-duplex throughput, 16 1 Gbps RJ-45 copper and SFP ports for LAN and WAN connectivity with support for up to 2 million simultaneous connections.

· Priced at $109,995, the FortiDDoS-1000B features 12 Gbps full-duplex throughput, 16 10 Gbps SPF+ slots for LAN and WAN connectivity with support for up to 3 million simultaneous connections.

· On the higher end, the $199,995 FortiDDoS-2000B features 24 Gbps full-duplex throughput, 16 10 Gbps SPF+ slots and 4 10 Gbps SFP+ bypass ports for LAN and WAN connectivity with support for up to 6 million simultaneous connections.

All four appliances are available immediately.

Several technologies powering Fortinet’s line of DDoS protection appliances comes from Fortinet’s under-the-radar acquisition of IntruGuard Devices in Q1 2012.

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