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Patch management

When vulnerabilities are discovered in software, the software vendors release updates that fix these problems. Keeping your software and operating system up-to-date is a vital step to prevent infection and defend against attacks.

  • Follow the latest advisories and reports on the FortiGuard webpage.
  • Apply updates to all software as the updates become available.
  • FortiGuard Vulnerability Management can help identify security weaknesses in your network. This subscription service is available through FortiScan and FortiAnalyzer units.
  • Apply firmware updates to your FortiGate unit as they are released.
  • Subscribe to FortiGuard AntiVirus and IPS services, so that AntiVirus and IPS scanning engines are automatically updated when new version are released.