Fortinet FortiGate NGFW Logs

Updated Nov 10, 2023

Configure Fortinet FortiGate NGFW log forwarding using the CLI

You can configure Fortinet® FortiGate® Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) to send the necessary logs to Arctic Wolf® for security monitoring.



  1. Launch your SSH client.
  2. Provide your Fortinet Fortigate information to Arctic Wolf.

Step 1: Launch your SSH client

  1. Connect one end of your console cable to the console port on the FortiGate appliance.

  2. Connect the other end of your console cable to a serial communications (COM) port on your computer.

  3. In your SSH client, configure these settings:

    • Serial line — Enter COM1.
    • Speed (baud) — Enter 9600.
    • Data bits — Enter 8.
    • Stop bits — Enter 1.
    • Parity — Select None.
    • Flow control — Select None.
  4. Sign in to the CLI with administrator permissions using your SSH client.

  5. Run this command:

    config log syslogd setting
      set status enable
      set server <sensor_ip>
      set mode udp
      set port 514
      set format default


    • <sensor_ip> is the IP address of your Arctic Wolf physical or virtual sensor.

Step 2: Provide your Fortinet Fortigate information to Arctic Wolf

  1. Sign in to the Arctic Wolf® Unified Portal.

  2. Click Help > Open a New Ticket.

  3. On the Open a New Ticket page, configure these settings:

    • What is this ticket related to? — Select General request.
    • Subject — Enter Syslog changes.
    • Related ticket (optional) — Keep blank.
    • Message — Enter this information for your Concierge Security® Team (CST):
      • Confirmation that you completed the steps in this configuration guide.
      • The IP address or hostname you used during the configuration.
      • Any questions or comments that you have.
  4. Click Send Message.

    Your CST will review the details, and then confirm that Arctic Wolf is successfully processing the logs.

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