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The French Ministry of Culture and Communication Deploys Fortinet's FortiMail to Stop Spam

Fortinet's Dedicated Email Security Platform Provides Superior Technology, Efficiency and Ease of Use

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 06/22/09 -- Fortinet® -- a market-leading network security provider and worldwide leader of unified threat management (UTM) solutions -- today announced that the French Ministry of Culture and Communication has deployed Fortinet FortiMail(TM) multi-layered email security platform and FortiGuard® Antispam Service to block unwanted spam from its 10,000 internal email accounts. The government organization selected FortiMail for its superior technology, the efficiency of its multi-layered email security and its seamless deployment and management.

With traffic of 3 to 4.5 million emails a day, 97 percent of which consists of spam, the messaging infrastructure of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication was regularly saturated, provoking up to one-hour delays in email delivery. The server solution in place caused serious maintenance and efficiency issues and quickly became obsolete. At the end of last year, the ministry's IT network department decided to look for a dedicated hardware solution that would offer robust anti-spam protection and allow for a turnkey deployment as well as a greater efficiency both in terms of security and management.

After considering solutions from the main market-leading security vendors, including Ironport, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication selected Fortinet and its FortiMail-2000A email security platform because of its superior technology, accuracy of detecting spam and ease of use.

"We used to receive regular complaints from users about the amount of spam they were receiving and the impact on their productivity. It was therefore critical for us to find an email security solution that would effectively eliminate spam without, of course, stopping valid emails or slowing down network traffic," said Jean-Séverin Lair, CIO at the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. "Not only does FortiMail address those requirements but it also offers unique advantages such as centralized administration, high availability and the fact that key filters are included at no additional cost."

The French Ministry of Culture and Communication deployed two FortiMail-2000A appliances in high availability mode for transparent failover. One FortiMail appliance acts as a gateway in front of the ministry's email server, stopping spam before it enters the network, while the other FortiMail is installed in a passive mode. Since the deployment of the FortiMail appliances, all emails are continuously synchronized between the two platforms, including the emails in quarantine and the ones in queue. The FortiMail platform's dynamic protection is based on the FortiGuard Antispam Service, which uses both a sender IP reputation database and a spam signature database, along with sophisticated spam filtering tools on FortiMail and agents, to detect and block a wide range of spam messages.

The ministry also installed a FortiAnalyzer(TM)-2000A analysis appliance for logging, analyzing and reporting. The appliance securely aggregates log data from FortiMail platforms and allows the IT network department to issue daily technical reports and a weekly report to its executive team. FortiAnalyzer provides advanced security management functions such as quarantined file archiving, event correlation, vulnerability assessments, traffic analysis and archiving of email, Web access, instant messaging and file transfer content.

"Anti-spam protection has become a business necessity for all types of organizations, which must find an effective solution to maintain productivity, preserve network bandwidth and reduce the amount of processing power required to keep unwanted traffic out of the network," said Patrice Perche, vice president of EMEA sales for Fortinet. "We're very pleased to see that, with references such as the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, Fortinet's FortiMail platform is getting lot of traction in the high end market as it combines robust threat protection with great usability, reducing system resource consumption and operational expenses."

FortiMail-2000A is a multi-layered email security platform that removes unwanted spam and provides maximum protection for blended email-related threats. FortiMail enables enterprises to increase productivity by reducing unwanted spam messages and facilitates regulatory compliance through advanced email content archiving and routing.

About Fortinet (www.fortinet.com)

Fortinet is the pioneer and leading provider of ASIC-accelerated unified threat management, or UTM, security systems, which are used by enterprises and service providers to increase their security while reducing total operating costs. Fortinet solutions were built from the ground up to integrate multiple levels of security protection -- including firewall, antivirus, intrusion prevention, VPN, spyware prevention and anti-spam -- designed to help customers protect against network and content level threats. Leveraging a custom ASIC and unified interface, Fortinet solutions offer advanced security functionality that scales from remote office to chassis-based solutions with integrated management and reporting. Fortinet solutions have won multiple awards around the world and are the only security products that are certified in six programs by ICSA Labs: (Firewall, Antivirus, IPSec, SSL, Network IPS and Anti-Spam). Fortinet is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California.

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