FortiNAC: Network Access Product Overview and Insight

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Company Description

Fortinet is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, with offices around the globe. Founded in 2000, Fortinet’s flagship product is the FortiGate enterprise firewall. The company acquired Bradford Networks and its Network Sentry NAC product in 2018.

Product Description

FortiNAC provides the network visibility to see everything connected to the network, as well as the ability to control those devices and users, including dynamic, automated responses. It also delivers network segmentation and automated responses for IoT security. FortiNAC provides profiling of each device on the network and enables granular network segmentation and automated responses for changes in device status or behavior. Additionally, FortiNAC can enforce company policies on device patching and firmware version. FortiNAC is integrated with FortiGate and other company products.


Scanning is agentless, but agents are employed for other functions.

Markets and Use Cases

Healthcare, education, IoT and managed service providers are strong markets for FortiNAC.

Applicable Metrics

Each control server manages up to 30,000 ports in the network.

Security Qualifications



FortiNAC provides real-time automated threat responses that can immediately quarantine any device that acts suspiciously. For example, if an IoT device starts pinging a DNS server, it will be tracked and an alert will be generated. The port where the device connects to the network can also be locked down pending a review by an analyst. Additionally, once a device is isolated, FortiNAC automatically delivers all contextual information to a security analyst. By eliminating the manual processes of an analyst having to compile and coordinate this information, time to resolution is shortened and the burden on strained IT resources is reduced.


Hardware appliances and virtual machines.


A professional license has a list price of $4,500.

Drew Robb
Drew Robb
Drew Robb has been a full-time professional writer and editor for more than twenty years. He currently works freelance for a number of IT publications, including ServerWatch and CIO Insight. He is also the editor-in-chief of an international engineering magazine.

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