Fortinet Security Fabric collection

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The Fortinet Security Fabric links various security sensors and tools together to collect, coordinate, and respond to malicious behavior, in real time, anywhere it occurs on your network.

Below, you can find the Security Fabric Collection, which is a list of recipes about configuring and using the Security Fabric. By using these recipes in the order listed, you can create a network similar to the one shown above. This collection is a work in progress. Check back regularly for new recipes.

If you encounter any issues while configuring your Security Fabric, check out Fortinet Security Fabric troubleshooting. You can also find more information about the Security Fabric at the Fortinet Document Library.

Screenshots of the Security Fabric topology views are shown after recipes when applicable, so you can see how the network configuration changes. Physical Topology shows all access layer devices, and Logical Topology shows information about the interface (logical or physical) that each device is connected to. To view the complete network, you must access the topology views using the root FortiGate in the Security Fabric.

This collection supports the following Fortinet firmware:

  • FortiOS 6.0.0 and higher
  • FortiAnalyzer 6.0.0 and higher
  • FortiSandbox 2.5.0 and higher

1. Installing a FortiGate in NAT/Route mode

This recipe shows you how to install a single FortiGate in your network using NAT/Route mode, which is the most commonly used operation mode.

In later recipes, this FortiGate will be called “Edge,” because it’s the only FortiGate that connects directly to the Internet, with the other FortiGate devices located behind it. This role is also known as the gateway FortiGate.

This FortiGate will also be the root FortiGate in the Security Fabric. The root FortiGate receives information from all other FortiGates in the Security Fabric and is used for the Security Rating. For more information about this, refer to the next recipe in the collection.


2. Fortinet Security Fabric installation

This recipe shows you how to add three additional FortiGate devices to the network, with each functioning as an Internal Segmentation Firewall (ISFW). A FortiAnalyzer is also added to collect and view logs.

After the ISFW FortiGate devices and FortiAnalyzer are installed, the Security Fabric is configured. Edge, the FortiGate from the previous recipe, becomes the root FortiGate in the Security Fabric, with the other FortiGates sending their information upstream to Edge.

All of the FortiGate devices and the FortiAnalyzer now appear in the Security Fabric topology views, which you must view using Edge. The ISFW FortiGates (Accounting, Sales, and Marketing) are connected to the root FortiGate (Edge).

Physical topology:

Logical topology:


3. Security Rating

This recipe shows you how to run a Security Rating check, which analyzes your Security Fabric deployment to identify potential vulnerabilities and highlight best practices.


4. Tags in the Fortinet Security Fabric

This recipe shows you how to use tags to identify the location and function of each part of your Security Fabric and increase network visibility.


5. FortiSandbox in the Fortinet Security Fabric

This recipe shows you how to add a FortiSandbox to the Security Fabric, so that any suspicious files that the FortiGate devices discover can be scanned and tested in isolation from the rest of the network.

After the FortiSandbox is added to the Security Fabric, it appears in the topology views.

Physical topology:

Logical topology:


6. High availability with two FortiGates

This recipe shows you how to create an HA cluster by connecting a backup FortiGate to the root FortiGate in the Security Fabric. This provides redundancy if the root FortiGate, now called Edge-Primary, fails.

After the HA cluster is created, it appears in the topology views.

Physical topology:

Logical topology:


7. Automation stitches

This recipe shows you how to configure Automation stitches for your Security Fabric. Each Automation pairs an event trigger and one or more actions, which allows you to monitor your network and take appropriate action when the Security Fabric detects a threat.


8. FortiManager in the Fortinet Security Fabric

This recipe shows you how to add a FortiManager to the Security Fabric. This simplifies network administration because you manage all of the FortiGate devices in your network from the FortiManager.

After the FortiManager is added to the Security Fabric, it appears in the topology views.

Physical topology:

Logical topology:


9. Security Fabric over IPsec VPN

This recipe shows you how to add a remote FortiGate (called Branch) to your Security Fabric over a site-to-site IPsec VPN.

After Branch is added to the Security Fabric, it appears in the topology views.

Physical topology:

Logical topology:

Victoria Martin

Victoria Martin

Technical Writer at Fortinet
Victoria Martin works in Ottawa as part of the FortiOS technical documentation team. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Mount Allison University, after which she attended Humber College's book publishing program, followed by the more practical technical writing program at Algonquin College. She does need glasses but also likes wearing them, since glasses make you look smarter.
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