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Getting Started with FortiGate by Fabrizio Volpe, Rosato Fabbri

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Chapter 1. First Steps

Fortinet FortiGate is a line of products that includes a series of network appliances. An appliance is defined as a discrete hardware device with integrated software, optimized to give specific features. The single device integrates networking and security features to achieve what is called a Unified Threat Management (UTM) approach to security.

The main advantages of the UTM viewpoint are:

  • Consolidation of security functions on a single device. We are not required to reiterate several times the same filters on different devices.
  • Consolidated administrative interface based on a single management console.
  • Consistent updates across all the devices involved in UTM.

Based on the aforementioned approach to security, a FortiGate is ...

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