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ITResponder 12/5/2012 | 1:12:22 AM
re: Security Firms Tackle Content Threat Fortinet's ASIC-based solution uses a combination of hardware and software to do complete content reassembly and scanning in real-time. Fortinet's home-grown ASIC serves as a content scanning engine while the signatures are in software; part of the engine is also in software.

An example of Fortinet's flexibility is the introduction of FTP scanning for viruses and worms. This functionality came along with new firmware and did not require a hardware upgrade.

Fortinet's solution originally had intrusion detection only. FortiOS version 2.5 introduced intrusion prevention in addition to intrusion detection. This is another example of adding additional features without changing the ASIC. Likewise virus and attack signatures can receive daily updates because they are not programmed directly into the ASIC.
meher123 12/5/2012 | 1:12:55 AM
re: Security Firms Tackle Content Threat In to which category do these processor come into picture.. I guess they are often referred to as programmable asics. Can anyone tell me how man comapanies are using these IXP processors.

rjmcmahon 12/5/2012 | 1:13:02 AM
re: Security Firms Tackle Content Threat Anyone know what Fortinet is using when they say "ASIC-based" solution?

I'd be interested in an answer to this question as well.
rakes 12/5/2012 | 1:13:04 AM
re: Security Firms Tackle Content Threat By ASIC, do they mean a nonprogrammable hard-wired solution or a processor that is programmable so that any string can be matched on all packets that come into the processor ? Anyone know what Fortinet is using when they say "ASIC-based" solution ? My guess is its a programmable custom packet processor that can look at any part of any packet type in real time based on what's programmed via software. If so, their ASIC isn't really a cement boot.
materialgirl 12/5/2012 | 1:14:28 AM
re: Security Firms Tackle Content Threat While FPGAs have been gaining on ASICs for some time, this is the first public head-to-head feature battle I have seen. As the need to merge the flexibility of software (say to meet new threat definitions) with the speed of hardware (for 10Gbps realt-time deep packet inspection), perhaps the FPGA will make ASICs look like cement boots.
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