Fortinet FortiNAC Reviews

Fortinet FortiNAC is the #4 ranked solution of our top Network Access Control tools. It's rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) - Fortinet FortiNAC vs Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine)

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Boller Anyiine
Real User
Cyber Security Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Apr 12 2020

What is most valuable?

There are quite a number of things that are valuable about this solution. Having dealt with Cisco ISE, I realize that FortiNAC is different in a way that gives you granular visibility of the entire network infrastructure related to IOT devices (Who, What, When, Which information). It's helpful that… more »

What needs improvement?

I've realized that one of the issues is the need to use agents. For instance, if a domain user has to authenticate on the network via FSSO or Certificate management he has to have a persistent agent. The admin UI is not that good. It could be better matched and more friendly to use and it cannot… more »

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

There is a base license level which pretty much gives you topologies and groupings automation/control, etc. When it comes to policies, it's only going to give you user host profiling and network access. If you're looking for endpoint compliance, integrations, Incidence response and reporting, then… more »

What other advice do I have?

You need to think about what you need as a company. There are so many government institutions, so many corporate institutions in the world that want to protect their networks. People have different privileges within a network, an instructor cannot have the same privileges as a normal user and the… more »
Real User
IT and Operations Manager at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Mar 25 2019

What is most valuable?

When it works, doing what it's supposed to.

How has it helped my organization?

When it works, it's great. It keeps things off the network which are supposed to be off the network.

What needs improvement?

Not using a Java front-end would be fantastic. It takes forever to load the system up and get in there to configure everything. It is too slow to do anything at all.

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

We didn't have something prior. We had someone do a security audit on us, and they made some recommendations of things that we were missing. We contacted a managed service provider to recommend things to fix these issues, and this was one… more »

What other advice do I have?

Look into the complexity of using tools. Anything that is difficult to manage will probably be painful to maintain. We have a very aggressive roadmap with a fairly mature security posture.
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Rupsan Shrestha
Real User
Technical Presales Engineer at Dristi Tech Pvt.ltd
Feb 20 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of the solution are the user-friendliness, the graphical interface, and the technical support. The interface is very nice and the customization is good. Overall, our clients seem to be quite pleased with the product.

What needs improvement?

For our organization and our clients, the price is the main concern. They should work to make it more competitive. Customization could be improved in future releases.

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

We're a Fortinet partner. I would recommend the product to others. Usability is a crucial thing for networking and this product offers that. I'm not familiar with other NAC products. However, I think every organization should be implementing NAC. That does not always mean just FortiNAC products… more »

What other advice do I have?

I don't exactly remember the version our clients are using currently, however, and I believe it is vm based for 2000 devices. We don't actually use the solution in our own organization, but we have deployed it and we provide service, support, and monitoring on the devices to our clients.
SamerKiwan
Real User
System Security Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Apr 06 2020

What is most valuable?

Compliance checks are a good feature. Compliance check is for windows updates and for antivirus updates, etc. Security is also good. No guest can enter without credentials, such as usernames and passwords. You have full visibility, which is… more »

How has it helped my organization?

You can simply control whole network even you can check your switches configuration

What needs improvement?

The implementation process needs improvement. Right now, it's somewhat complicated. They could create some templates to facilitate implementation. Right now everything is done manually, and it just takes a really long time at the initial… more »

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

We didn't previously use a different solution.

What other advice do I have?

We use the on-premises deployment model. In terms of advice I'd give to others, I'd say the most important thing to worry about is organizing the network, like active directory groups and groups of users, etc. Organize the groups with VLAN… more »
Ahmed Mahmoud
Consultant
Technology Consultant Team Head at Ignite Solutions
Apr 28 2020

What is most valuable?

This solution is very easy to implement and use. The interface is user-friendly. The most valuable feature for us is the support for iOS and iPhones.

What needs improvement?

The problem with Fortinet is that if you want to be 100% secure then you have to buy other products. It should support better integration with third-party solutions. The reporting capability needs to be improved.

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

The licensing fees are a little bit high.

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

I am also working with Cisco ISE. It is very complicated compared to FortiNAC.

What other advice do I have?

I try to push the use of this product because sometimes, the complicated solutions like Cisco ISE sometimes make the customers feel annoyed. My advice to anybody who is considering this solution is that if the budget allows it, the entire… more »
Real User
Senior Cybersecurity Solution Architect at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 21 2019

What is most valuable?

We are only consultants, so we implement FortiNAC for our customers. The good part about FortiNAC is that it works seamlessly across either public cloud, private cloud, a hybrid one or on premises. So, depending on the client's requirements, I usually suggest that they go for public cloud where they have remote locations, and that they go for an application where they have a large deployment… more »

What needs improvement?

Something that the developers of FortiNAC might look at to improve, is more integration with third-party products. The dashboard also needs to improve.

What other advice do I have?

The good thing about FortiNAC is that it's more vendor agnostic. And then we have the deployed FortiNAC activate solution, which are different kinds of firewalls, which works perfectly fine. On a scale from one to 10, my rating for this program will be a nine. Additional features that I would like to see included in the next release of this solution is more integration with third-party products… more »
Real User
Senior Information Technology Officer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 22 2019

What is most valuable?

The solution is good at giving a deep dive into each product. It tells you, for example, what is connected to the network. It gives us good reporting tools.

What needs improvement?

I think the network devices need to give more information. In the next release, we'd like to see more information on controlling, for example, adding more policies etc. We should get more information about IoT devices, and have more… more »

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

This is the first product we have used.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution at a seven or eight out of 10. If they improved their network devices and their IoT product I would rate them higher. The solution is pretty inexpensive. That's why we are using it. I am satisfied with the… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated so many other products but we found the features of this solution to be the most valuable.
Ahmed-Fawzy
Reseller
Sr. Network Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 24 2019

What do you think of Fortinet FortiNAC?

What is our primary use case?

I'm a senior network architect and our company is a reseller of FortiNAC. This is a new product for me and we'll be starting implementation shortly. We've been testing the product and I'm just finishing the course. I'll be implementing for our client which is a medium-size company.

What is most valuable?

The interface is good and simple to use. Some of the ideas presented on the online course could be clearer, like policy creation. But the interface and other features are very good. 

What needs improvement?

I think that the course content could be improved, it's not that simple to work through. I'm an expert on Cisco ISE. And also I have CCIE on Cisco. I made a comparison between Cisco ISE and FortiNAC. Cisco ISE has full integration but FortiNAC…
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What is Fortinet FortiNAC?

The proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, has made it necessary for organizations to improve their visibility into what is attached to their networks. They need to know every device and every user accessing their networks. IoT devices enable digital transformation initiatives and improve efficiency, flexibility, and optimization. However, they are inherently untrustworthy, with designs that prioritize low-cost over security. 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.

Also known as
FortiNAC, Bradford Networks, Bradford Networks Sentry, Network Sentry Family
Fortinet FortiNAC customers

Isavia, Pepperdine University, Medical University of South Carolina, Columbia University Medical Center, Utah Valley University

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