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Eugene Milon
Real User
Network Security Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jul 17 2018

What do you think of Fortinet FortiAuthenticator?

What is our primary use case?

We implement FortiAuthenticator in situations where there are multiple Active Directory domains. Other use cases include: When we need to use FortiClient to keep track of users as they move around different locations where normal FSSO would have issues When we need to use one FortiToken for multiple Fortigates When we want to use it as a domain controller. The FortiAuthenticator can do many things.

How has it helped my organization?

It keeps track of users and their IPs no matter where they are in the network. When users roam, we don't have to worry about not mapping them to an IP.

What is most valuable?

Valuable features include the robust SSO features, when you have more complicated authentication within an organization. We can mix AD, Radius,…
Dennis Seyersdahl
Real User
IT System Manager at RPM INNOVATIONS, INC.
Jul 11 2018

What do you think of Fortinet FortiAuthenticator?

What is our primary use case?

This solution is used for 2FA for Desktop and VPN access. Each computer, server and VPN access has to have a 2FA and the solution allowed us to accomplish this with a fob or phone app. We use the fob as phones are not owned by the company.

How has it helped my organization?

This was a regulation we needed to fill and it worked at a good price. It provided a solution that allowed us to fulfill the requirement.

What is most valuable?

Easy integration with FortiGate to allow for 2FA with our VPN. Addition and removal of access as needed for the VPN.

What needs improvement?

For my use of this solution, not much needs to change. I do not mind the way it works currently. However, I would recommend a more fluid integration with FortiGate.

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Real User
IT Infrastructure Engineer at a tech company with 11-50 employees
Jun 27 2017

What is most valuable?

Standards-based secure authentication FortiAuthenticator centralizes the management and storage of user identity information, thereby increasing the efficiency of administration and increasing the control over who accesses the network. • Two-factor authentication using tokens 1- OATH-compatible… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Central management of user Identities and access FortiAuthenticator extends two-factor authentication to multiple FortiGate appliances and to third-party solutions that support RADIUS or LDAP authentication FortiAuthenticator can create, sign, and revoke X.509 certificates. FortiAuthenticator can… more »

What needs improvement?

1- Integration with different vendor firewalls (I tested only with Cisco using Cisco ASDM 6.3 (5) but i am not sure if it works with other vendor solutions) 2- A lot of configurations are available only from CLI 3- Documentation/videos for different implementation scenarios

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used FortiGate to manage tokens and user identities but FortiAuthenticater includes more features.
Real User
Pre-sales, Telecommunications & Security Specialist at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Jun 26 2017

What is most valuable?

Integrated RADIUS server with 802.1x functionality and access control. Single Sign On and AD integration. It integrates very tightly with the rest of the Fortinet… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It integrated with the existing Cisco wireless infrastructure to solidify the way people authenticate onto the network. It permitted having a centralized area to… more »

What needs improvement?

A better integration with other vendors. The device is rich in features but there are a lot of functionalities I have still not experienced with.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I would start off with a VM including the base license and scale according to the number of users you need to authenticate.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We are a Fortinet reseller and integrator so there were no "switches" per say.

What other advice do I have?

I strongly recommend someone accompany you in the initial deployment of the product to view all the functionalities that the platform is capable of doing.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

ClearPass by Aruba and ISE by Cisco are the two main competitors in this space. To me ClearPass seams to be the most feature-rich solution for the price and vendor neutral… more »
Consultant
Pre-Sales Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
May 09 2017

What is most valuable?

* User management with many credential sources: LDAPs, RADIUS, Social login, SAML, tokens, and local * Captive portal server: Used to configure several portals for each… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We are now enjoying social login in public Wi-Fi environments with very easy deployment and a maximum level of security.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see support for more credential authentication protocols.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

This solution comes with a low price for the features, power, and ease of licensing.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used FreeRADIUS. It had limited authentication protocols (only RADIUS), no GUI, and very complicated management.

What other advice do I have?

This is a perfect solution for authentication services.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at FreeRADIUS and Ciso ISE.
Vendor
Network Security Engineer at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 13 2017

What is most valuable?

The valuable features are the granularity of the security settings and the relative ease of adding users. It also makes it really nice and easy to remove access from users that have left us or who are doing things they shouldn’t be doing.

How has it helped my organization?

It made things much easier for dealing with users BYOD for our secured wireless networks. We also use this in conjunction with an MDM solution. It makes a nice package that is easy for our end-users and is very secure.

What needs improvement?

The interface is a bit misleading in areas. Finding some settings can be a bit confusing and difficult. I would also like to see a few more real world examples given in the setup section.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price was very reasonable given what it can do. Licensing was also very reasonable. Just make sure you do an accurate count of what you will need for licenses. If you run out of licenses, no additional users will be able to authenticate… more »

What other advice do I have?

Planning is the key to a successful implementation. Know what you want to accomplish out of the gate before you get started. Make sure you test before rolling out to end users. Due to really tight timelines, we missed a couple of key… more »
Vendor
Senior Consultant at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 31 2017

What is most valuable?

One of the most valuable features is the simple FSSO (Fortinet Single Sign-On) configuration that helps to manage user-based security rules. It is a cool security product… more »

How has it helped my organization?

When we came across access management, we required several technical features to help manage user access to critical systems and remote access. That’s why we always go for… more »

What needs improvement?

The GUI is not fancy enough and some of the settings are difficult to access. Part of the configuration has to be done by CLI, which is not friendly for security… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Licensing is straightforward, as Fortinet provides stackable licenses for FortiAuthenicator. Count the number of users and select sufficient licenses. Pricing is… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have tried Cisco ISE as a NAC solution. Cisco ISE is the "Terminator" of NAC solutions, which has numerous features to prevent unauthorized access. However, its… more »

What other advice do I have?

The need for a NAC solution depends on your infrastructure. If you are a Fortinet user, FortiAuthenticator would be a nice choice to enhance security on VPN and web… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have tried Cisco ISE. For state-of-the-art features, I would recommend Cisco ISE because of its brilliant features. But I would recommend FortiAuthenticator, if you are… more »
Vendor
Senior IT Support Engineer at a marketing services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 25 2017

What is most valuable?

The valuable features are: * Two-factor authentication * User ID with our LDAP service * Integration with our other FortiGates

How has it helped my organization?

By using one of our units as a load-balancing slave, we were able to roll out location-based VPNs that created quicker connections to local servers for our end users. Furthermore, incorporating a LBS… more »

What needs improvement?

It was initially difficult to sync our high availability, load-balancing slave (LBS) to our master unit. There were some initial issues connecting it and syncing with our master FortiAuthenticator… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Before implementing our FortiAuthenticators, we used our main FortiGate as a way to push out two-factor codes to our users. After a while, this option was not working. As we continued to grow, we… more »

What other advice do I have?

If you want a more efficient way to manage two-factor authentication for your users, or implement the unit as a cluster member role, the FortiAuthenticator can be incorporated very well into your… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before using the FortiAuthenticator, we pushed out tokens via our main FortiGate.

What is Fortinet FortiAuthenticator?

FortiAuthenticator user identity management appliances strengthen enterprise security by simplifying and centralizing the management and storage of user identity information.

Also known as
FortiAuthenticator
Fortinet FortiAuthenticator customers

Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data

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