What is FortiClient Fabric Agent?

FortiClient Fabric Agent is a lightweight software application that connects your devices into the Security Fabric for protection, compliance and secure access.

Fortinet offers both a free FortiClient VPN program, as well as an upgraded version with extra value-added features such as antivirus protection, auto-connect capability and always up availability. Both provide full remote access tunneling via SSL or IPSec and connect directly with their respective EMS modules for central management purposes.

Endpoint Protection

An endpoint protection solution enhances your business security by preventing threats from reaching critical systems, thus limiting damage and data loss. It works by monitoring endpoint devices’ behavior within their surrounding network, alerting administrators of suspicious activity. In addition, effective endpoint protection systems prevent threats from evolving into more harmful activities while simultaneously containing breaches when they do happen.

Traditional anti-malware software works by scanning files for signatures of known malware. Unfortunately, sophisticated attacks that alter their appearance to escape detection may make this difficult to achieve. Next-generation endpoint protection solutions utilizing real-time threat intelligence from FortiGuard Labs to scan all files and applications for vulnerabilities that allow malware into systems can stop attacks from gaining entry and enable administrators to respond promptly before any real damage is done to systems.

Security breaches can have devastating repercussions for businesses of all kinds; from harming customer trust and profits, to jeopardizing employee devices allowing remote work environments without jeopardizing security posture. Thus, endpoint protection solutions play such an essential role. They protect employees’ devices while still enabling them to work from home or the office without jeopardizing your security posture and reputation.

Endpoint protection solutions not only secure all the devices belonging to your employees, but they can also give you the tools necessary for managing device security. They can identify and deploy security updates, quarantine compromised systems and even block access by unapproved users to prevent their entry into corporate networks.

No matter the size of your organization, an endpoint protection solution should be an absolute requirement for every business. A security breach can damage both reputation and customer data while potentially placing all aspects of business operations at risk – potentially even leading to its bankruptcy.

Endpoint protection solutions provide your company with financial and legal security by helping meet compliance standards, ensure regulatory compliance, reduce litigation risks and lower security costs by reducing incidents you need to report or respond to. A comprehensive endpoint protection solution combines antivirus, antimalware, firewalls and other features into one agent which simplifies deployment, management and TCO while providing customizable policies based on device type or user.

Remote Access

Remote Access provides your team with the freedom to work from any location without losing productivity, giving your customers and employees more flexibility in working from a home office or on the road. Furthermore, having remote access capabilities can save money by eliminating the need to send someone physically to fix an issue.

Fortinet’s remote access solutions are secure and user-friendly, offering visibility into who is using what device and where. Delivered as one agent that integrates seamlessly with our endpoint security and networking products for a seamless user experience. They feature Zero Trust network architecture for advanced cybersecurity measures. Easy deployment through FortiClient or EMS make deployment even simpler.

Our managed services engineers offer expert FortiClient-based remote access solutions, from design to configuration and ongoing support – helping your company reduce overhead expenses while meeting service level agreements (SLAs).

When setting up remote access, it’s essential that your policy be clear, outlining which equipment may connect to the company network, how this connection must be secured, who may use what devices and so forth. Furthermore, sharing this policy with your people and providing training on it are equally vital – should any policies change, make sure to update training materials as well.

An enterprise-grade remote access software solution can help protect against costly data breaches and compliance violations caused by insecure connections. When selecting a solution, make sure it provides superior encryption and authentication using LDAP, AD, or RADIUS integrations to minimize entry points into your network and enhance detection abilities for attacks as they happen.

Remote access capabilities make it safe and simple to grant vendors and contractors the ability to perform maintenance on retail Point-of-Sale (POS) systems or other equipment on your company’s network, enabling them to quickly resolve issues while saving costs such as travel expenses and overtime pay.

VPN

FortiClient VPN allows workers to securely connect to their corporate network from home or while away from the office, giving them access to resources on that network – servers, workstations, printers – just as though they were physically in the office. There are both free and paid versions of FortiClient VPN available; businesses with remote employees should strongly consider investing in the premium version as it offers many additional features – including auto-connect and always up functionality that are essential components for remote workers.

FortiClient’s client-initiated ZTNA architecture ensures that its agent is already present on any given device prior to any user attempting to access an application, and then reports back about its state, enabling IT departments to gradually transition users over to ZTNA without negatively affecting user experiences or installing additional solutions on devices – an incredibly easy transition when migrating towards registered solutions!

An integral component of client security is a software inventory management module, which helps businesses identify vulnerabilities in Microsoft programs, third-party tools and browsers and remove those deemed unnecessary. It can be combined with a cloud-based vulnerability dashboard for central management.

Fortinet offers a comprehensive suite of professional services to assist customers in deploying and optimizing FortiClient, including consulting, implementation, forensic analysis as well as emergency response in case of incidents.

The BPS team is highly knowledgeable about their product and can assist in basic setup as well as optimizing competitive solutions. Furthermore, they can offer guidance for deployment and operations while aiding troubleshooting and escalation efforts.

FortiClient e-media VPN service enables university students and staff to gain access to licensed e-media such as journals, e-books and e-newspapers from outside their campus network via mobile device or home PC – in addition to browsing or streaming via their campus network. There is an annual subscription fee associated with this service managed by ITS in partnership with Library & IT Technology.

Telemetry

Telemetry is a collection of data that gives visibility into endpoints and their behavior, like the nervous system of a network, relaying information between its various parts. Telemetry gives insight into how well your security infrastructure is functioning by quickly detecting problems as they arise and updating settings on remote devices as needed.

FortiClient is fully integrated with the Fortinet Security Fabric and utilizes endpoint telemetry to connect its various components – FortiGate, FortiAnalyzer, EMS, managed APs and switches– to share information about their state with remote endpoints via endpoint telemetry. This unified view of security environment enables monitoring and compliance enforcement with secure remote access via ZTNA or VPN tunnels; consistent web filtering policy enforcement that’s informed by FortiGuard Lab research; as well as protection from advanced threats hidden inside encrypted data packets thanks to shared threat intelligence across Fabric components like FortiGuard labs and Sandbox Cloud.

Telemetry allows FortiClient endpoints to connect easily with EMS, the Enterprise Management Server that forms part of the Security Fabric. When an administrator creates an endpoint group list in EMS, that information is immediately sent out to every connected FortiClient; FortiGates then adapt to this data by assigning appropriate security profiles to each group created.

FortiClient searches for an accessible EMS or FortiGate to connect to, when it finds one it displays the connection status in its Zero Trust Telemetry tab. FortiClient supports connecting either through IP Addresses or Invitation Codes of these entities.

An EMS administrator can ensure a more secure connection by activating the option to lock FortiClient settings. Once this setting has been enabled, only EMS can disconnect FortiClient from the server – this prevents endpoints from manually making changes which could break off their connection to FortiClient and ultimately break it altogether. EMS admins can also use the GUI interface to configure new connection keys for individual FortiClients that ensures they can reconnect back with EMS after reboots, rejoins networks or network changes occur.

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