FortiClient provides a good inexpensive AV solution that holds promise with other Fortinet products
October 04, 2019

FortiClient provides a good inexpensive AV solution that holds promise with other Fortinet products

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with FortiClient

FortiClient is being used as an endpoint protection client in conjunction with Cb Defense. We are deploying 100 clients as a small scale test across many departments with the intent to use it organization-wide. It also has the capability of adding web filtering to remote field laptops so we are also testing that. We are adding it as another layer at the desktop, it is part of what Fortinet calls a security fabric. FortiClient works in concert with their FortiSwitches, FortiAP, and FortiGate and can when fully configured supposedly disconnect an infected client at any point in the stream.
  • The client is easily installed and easily configured.
  • The management console was easy to set up and is simple to get around in. Gives quick information in a dashboard as to the status of your clients.
  • The endpoint experience is very unobtrusive and, with the standard configuration, is easy to live in conjunction with Cb Defense.
  • It seems to do a good block of filtering and blocking potentially harmful applications.
  • We are one version behind and as I understand it there have been many improvements in the areas I have concerns.
  • The management interface is a bit basic, which in one sense is good, but it feels dated and less put together than other interfaces we have used for similar products.
  • The client upgrade process is a little awkward and needs to be streamlined.
  • The alert notification process seems a bit chatty about problems and potential problems.
  • AV (as well as every other security product) are generally all negative impact non-ROI. FortiClient is the same. The good thing is that it is less expensive than other similar products and thus less negative.
  • From an administrative standpoint we have also spent very little time on care and feeding of the product so the manpower cost is also less.
We have used Trend Micro and Kaspersky in the past and currently also use Cb Defense. We were looking for a next-gen AV product with visibility into what was actually happening on our end points when we found Cb Defense. FortiClient seems more like Trend or Kaspersky in not necessarily seeming to be next-gen, but that is not why we purchased it. We selected it to be an inexpensive secondary end point protection application that had the promise of doing automated things in concert with our other Fortinet equipment and software.
We haven't needed to call often, but when we have they have been easy to get and knowledgeable. They have also provided an SE that is very open to coming by and helping with all our Fortinet products including FortiClient. Being a small IT shop, service and price are large determining factors in our product satisfaction. Fortinet definitely provides great overall support and assistance.

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I'm not sure I would be satisfied with FortiClient as my primary AV endpoint protection given the polish of other products like Cb Defense for example (which we also have), but it is also much less expensive and works great as a secondary layer of protection. It also has a lot of promise for customers like us that have invested in the Fortinet series of networking and firewall products due to their security fabric strategy.

FortiClient Feature Ratings

Anti-Exploit Technology
Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)
Centralized Management
Hybrid Deployment Support
Not Rated
Infection Remediation
Vulnerability Management
Malware Detection