Comparison of inspection types
The tables in this section show how different security functions map to different inspection types.
Mapping security functions to inspection types
The table below lists FortiOS security functions and shows whether they are applied by the kernel, flow-based inspection or proxy-based inspection. This table does not indicate which inspection types are available depending on the inspection mode. When the inspection mode is set to proxy all inspection types are available. When the inspection mode is set to flow-based then proxy-only inspection types are not available.
FortiOS security functions and inspection types
|Flow-based inspection||Proxy-based inspection|
More information about inspection methods
The three inspection methods each have their own strengths and weaknesses. The following table looks at all three methods side-by-side.
Inspection methods comparison
|Inspection unit per session||first packet||selected packets, single pass architecture, simultaneous application of configured inspection methods||complete content, configured inspection methods applied in order|
|Memory, CPU required||low||medium||high|
|Level of threat protection||good||better||best|
|IPsec and SSL VPN||yes|
|Data Leak Protection (DLP)||yes||yes|
|Delay in traffic||minor||no||small|
|Reconstruct entire content||no||yes|