Fortinet FortiNAC Overview

Fortinet FortiNAC is the #4 ranked solution in our list of top Network Access Control tools. It is most often compared to Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine): Fortinet FortiNAC vs Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine)

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.

Fortinet FortiNAC is also known as FortiNAC, Bradford Networks, Bradford Networks Sentry, Network Sentry Family.

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Fortinet FortiNAC Customers

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

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IT and Operations Manager at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Real User
The stability is relatively poor, as it has taken us roughly 12 months to get the network access control to be functional

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case is that we are using it as a network access control (NAC), preventing external devices from plugging into the network or foreign computers from joining the network. We are using the latest version.

Pros and Cons

  • "When it works, it's great. It keeps things off the network which are supposed to be off the network."
  • "The technical support is bad. We've had to escalate to Tier 2 and Tier 3. My customer relationship manager on the other side of this has stopped returning phone calls and emails, because there has been such a constant back and forth."

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.
Network Administrator at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
​It’s a unified place where we can manage campus onboarding. ​Interaction with other vendors switches & APs should be more thoroughly tested.

What other advice do I have?

I would make sure this product integrates well with the customer’s network before deployment. We had to move away from this product recently on the Wireless side of the network as the Sentry would not integrate well with our Aerohive Wireless Infrastructure. We had an issue where the Sentry would not properly communicate with the APs and thus would let customers blocked from our network for no particular reason. Since this issue went unresolved for over three years, we decided to implement a different Wireless NAC solution and cut back our Bradford licenses to less than half of the original…
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Service Support Manager at a educational organization with 501-1,000 employees
It allows for easy management without using consoles. There were ​issues with hosts not being updated with accurate host names.

Valuable Features

Auto Switch port Tagging – Allows for easy management without using consoles.

Improvements to My Organization

Currently this product manages access to our Wi-Fi network, it also us used to prevent rouge devices from gaining access to our LAN.

Use of Solution

I've used it for one and a half years.

Deployment Issues

It deployed just fine for us.

Stability Issues

Issues with polling switches, hosts not being updated with accurate host names affected its stability.

Scalability Issues

It scaled well enough for us.

Customer Service and Technical Support

As there is currently not any UK based support – Poor.

Initial Setup

Personally did not set up the product but rather complex overhearing conversations.

Other Advice

This is a very complex…
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Network Administrator at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
By forcing guests/users to register their BYOD devices we know who they are and can then apply appropriate web filtering policies to them based on a number of factors.

What other advice do I have?

Explain you network set-up in full detail with diagrams. VLANs, SSIDs, switch vendors, wireless vendors, subnets. What methods do you use today for wireless authentication (802.1x/WPA2-PSK/Open). Show them everything and what it looks like to be a client on your network today and the process to get on-line. This product manages both wired and wireless network is you choose both options. This product can also do posturing of devices to ensure they meet criteria like current updates and Antivirus etc. We are not using that functionality yet however.
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