FortiClient Review


FortiClient is an endpoint security solution designed to give a comprehensive view of policies across platforms. It integrates seamlessly with Fortinet components such as its security fabric for added protection against digital threats.

Securus Communications can assist in designing, configuring and deploying this security software. Our experienced staff can also assist in connecting the client to Fortinet Security Fabric for ZTNA monitoring, incident response and automation purposes.

Endpoint Security

At FortiClient, our endpoint security solutions help your business secure against even the most sophisticated attacks with its comprehensive suite of capabilities that consistently earn top marks from real world testing (NSS Labs, Virus Bulletin and AV Comparatives) to safeguard all types of threats to customers, employees and the business itself. FortiClient delivers this level of security by protecting every device with robust protection at every endpoint – meaning one unprotected device could enable malware into stealing credentials and cause data breach without even realizing it – protecting devices that would normally not require protection – protecting all types of threats posed to business from customers to employees – protecting all types of threats posed from every type of threat imaginable. FortiClient is designed with integrated cloud endpoint protection delivering robust capabilities – receiving top marks in real world tests such as NSS Labs, Virus Bulletin, AV Comparatives to help safeguard business against sophisticated threats that come in form AV Comparatives) against threats like FortiClient to defend your organization, customers, employees from all forms of threats!

Endpoint protection services consist of antivirus and antimalware protection as well as USB device control, endpoint quarantine and an advanced application firewall to secure desktops, laptops and mobile devices. They also feature sandboxing files to detect unknown malware as well as advanced phishing detection capabilities. Finally, integrated patch management reduces risks and complexity through automated updates of operating systems, applications and patches; software inventory management identifies and eliminates outdated or rogue programs which pose vulnerabilities to hackers.

Beyond antimalware and signature-based protection, your best defense lies with a threat intelligence solution that considers all risks, such as fileless malware, polymorphic threats, malicious scripts and phishing attempts. FortiClient integrates with our advanced threat protection (ATP) solution to detect and block these unknown threats before they enter your network.

FortiClient is an integral component of our Security Fabric that streamlines these functions into an agent that’s easy to deploy and manage, cutting costs by eliminating additional agents or siloed solutions that limit visibility and scalability. As part of its shared telemetry and client visibility throughout the fabric, FortiClient supports posture checks, device status monitoring, user identity authentication and risk scores – offering rich telemetry and client visibility that includes posture checks, device status monitoring and user identity confirmation with risk scores shared throughout. In addition, support includes VPN or Zero Trust Network Accelerated Tunnel Access (ZTNA) encrypted tunnels as well as hardware/software inventory checks/vulcan scanning/web filter plugin for enhanced detection/enforcement capabilities.

Fortinet provides professional services designed to deploy and optimize FortiClient so you can maximize the returns from your investment. These services include basic set up, assistance with initial deployment, as well as ongoing monitoring of your solution.


FortiClient VPN offers secure, scalable virtual private networks to remote employees across platforms like Windows, MacOS, iOS, Linux, Android, Chromebook and Chromebook devices. It features antivirus protection as well as antimalware protection with firewalling capabilities; in addition, this software includes IPsec- and SSL-based security protocols – making it an excellent choice for small businesses.

FortiClient, integrated into Fortinet Security Fabric, provides users with full threat visibility and prevention capabilities. This includes AI-powered next-generation antivirus protection, endpoint quarantine, application firewall, cloud sandbox, USB device control and ransomware protection capabilities. In addition, users can manage user and device risks such as compliance statuses, user identities and risk scores as well as manage granular patching/vulnerability scanning on this platform.

FortiClient is generally easy for users to operate, though some have reported performance and pricing concerns. Issues have arisen with its web filter which blocks sites inadvertently. In addition, when internet connection speeds drop too low it sometimes disconnects itself.

Fortinet offers its customers a comprehensive set of customer support options, from an expansive knowledge base and discussion forums, to training and certification processes, customer support staff that is available round-the-clock via phone, email, live chat or demo/free trial of its product(s).

FortiClient can be deployed using various deployment modes, from central management server to on-premises appliance. Compatible with other Fortinet products, FortiClient makes integrating it into larger cybersecurity strategies easier while offering customized settings to support different network protocols and devices while automatically updating using its central management system (CMS).

Fortinet provides BPS services that assist customers in initial setup, ongoing monitoring and other aspects of endpoint security solutions. Customers can purchase this service separately from FortiClient platform or as part of a comprehensive solution from Fortinet.

Endpoint Management

Endpoint management solutions offer a great way to automate and scale the deployment and updating of security profiles on endpoints, with FortiClient EMS making this simple through central policy administration and device enrollment capabilities.

As well as managing endpoint software deployment and upgrades, EMS also allows you to monitor other devices on your network. For instance, it enables remote deployment and updating of firewall policies on managed workstations, servers, mobile devices, IoT sensors, and other systems; failover options enable automatic traffic transfer if your primary site becomes inaccessible; you can even set a failback option so traffic automatically transfers over from FortiManager local site to FortiGuard Distribution Network in case it goes offline unexpectedly.

Today’s threats on myriad endpoint devices can be difficult to manage for many reasons, including fragmented features, slow threat response times, and limited IT expertise. Fortinet unified endpoint security (UEES) addresses these challenges by consolidating protection, compliance and secure access into one modular lightweight client with FortiClient Fabric Agent connecting directly to Fortinet Security Fabric to provide real-time visibility that stops threats on attack surfaces.

FortiClient EMS console displays your configured endpoint profiles and their assigned device groups, with icons for viewing or editing each profile and creating or cloning an existing profile by selecting their icon. When creating new profiles or cloning existing ones using add icon you must enter names that do not contain special characters which could cause XSS vulnerabilities – otherwise an XSS vulnerability will occur.

Once you’ve configured a FortiClient profile, select its deployment package to download to a FortiGate appliance and download. Once complete, use its XML file to deploy FortiClient onto individual devices or groups of devices; this file may include advanced FortiClient EMS settings for VPN tunnel configurations as well as additional parameters that can be set within it.

Your configuration includes an interface name and authentication method for each endpoint, and then is added to EMS’ list of available VPN tunnels. For instance, you could set up one with the WAN IP address for remote access or use private IPSec encryption method for secure communication between branch offices and headquarters.

Web Filtering

Web filtering protects users against accessing sites with malicious, compromised, or inappropriate content and aids them against downloads of malware, spyware, risky content or phishing attacks. Ensuring employees do not visit sites containing sensitive data like customer accounts, credit card details or social security numbers is also beneficial in protecting sensitive information from being leaked onto public networks. FortiGuard web filtering stands apart from traditional DNS-based solutions by protecting against an extensive range of web threats by analyzing both URL and context, using a multi-tier rating system, which considers both domain name and IP address classification – this enables organizations to tailor policies according to individual business requirements.

Utilizing the Web Filter tab within EMS Security Profiles, an administrator can enable Web Filtering for a particular profile and deploy it across endpoints – this option is compatible with Windows, macOS and Linux operating systems.

The Web Filter tab of FortiClient allows you to manage its configuration and set quotas for specific users on an endpoint. A quota specifies an amount of data a user is allowed to transfer over their network at once – useful for restricting bandwidth use while maintaining compliance with an organization’s policies and regulations.

Example: A company may want to restrict YouTube videos for educational use with custom URL filters that activate youtube_education_filter> element in URL filters list. An EMS administrator can then provide this filter with valid YouTube education ID to ensure only educational videos are displayed.

Categories are predefined groups designed to aid administrators in quickly recognizing, blocking or permitting sites for particular types of content – for instance games, instant messaging or social media sites. They’re made manageable using industry standards.

The Web Filter tab also gives administrators the ability to automatically install a browser plugin for HTTPS web filtering, improving detection and enforcement of Web Filter rules against websites encrypted with SSL. They can choose whether this plugin should be enabled across all browsers or only for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox running Windows OS.

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