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Fortinet FortiOS 4.0 Demonstrates Future of Network Security Convergence, According to Leading Consulting Firm

Frost & Sullivan Report Touts FortiGate Firmware Upgrade as Next Evolution of UTM

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 06/01/09 -- Fortinet® -- a market-leading network security provider and worldwide leader of unified threat management (UTM) solutions -- today announced that Frost & Sullivan issued a report on the company's FortiOS 4.0 technology, the latest firmware upgrade for its FortiGate® multi-threat security appliances. The report touted the release as "bringing network security convergence to the next level" and "casting a spotlight on the evolution of UTM."

Frost & Sullivan's research supports the innovation found within FortiOS 4.0. The following highlights are from the report:

  • UTM brings an excellent value proposition to the security arena against the backdrop of an increasingly challenging business environment.
  • The events in the past six months in the global economy have made the advantages of deploying a UTM more pronounced, with the solution becoming a more acceptable security form factor among the large enterprises.
  • The introduction of the FortiOS 4.0 platform by Fortinet has cast the spotlight on the evolution of the UTM solution platform.
  • Fortinet has once again taken the bold step of expanding the definition of the UTM and incorporating its notion of technology convergence into it.
  • Fortinet's foray into non-security related technologies is going to broaden customer perceptions towards the multitude of possibilities associated with an integrated solution platform.
  • Looking ahead, with this latest attempt at redefining the borders of the UTM solution, the future looks certain to move rapidly towards technology convergence.

"Innovation has always been one of Fortinet's greatest strengths, and we're pleased that Frost & Sullivan recognizes the innovation delivered in our latest FortiOS firmware," said Michael Xie, founder, CTO and vice president of engineering. "We are focused more than ever on expanding our vision for consolidated and easily managed network security solutions, and we're continuously updating our FortiOS firmware with innovative new features that meet the evolving needs of our customers."

FortiOS 4.0 integrates hundreds of new features to significantly improve the value and functionality of FortiGate appliances. Following are four of the most notable features of Fortinet's new OS:

  • Application Control -- to recognize traffic as the application which is generating it, instead of the port or protocol observed;
  • Data Leakage Prevention -- to help identify and prevent the communication of sensitive information outside of the network boundaries;
  • WAN Optimization -- to accelerate applications over WAN connections while ensuring multi-threat security enforcement;
  • SSL Inspection -- to increase security and policy control among encrypted traffic streams.

The combination of these features helps customers to secure their network by removing the malicious traffic that is reducing available bandwidth and, at the same time, accelerate the clean traffic for optimal network performance.

To read the full report, visit Frost & Sullivan at http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/market-insight-print.pag?docid=168284191. For more information on Fortinet's FortiOS firmware, please visit: http://www.fortinet.com/products/fortios/

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, web filtering, spyware prevention, and anti-spam -- designed to help customers protect against network and content level threats. Leveraging a custom ASIC and a unified interface, Fortinet solutions offer advanced security functionality that scales from remote office to chassis-based solutions with integrated management and reporting capabilities. 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 VPN, SSL VPN, Network IPS, and Anti-spam. Fortinet is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California.

Copyright © 2009 Fortinet, Inc. All rights reserved. The symbols ® and (TM) denote respectively federally registered trademarks and unregistered trademarks of Fortinet, Inc., its subsidiaries and affiliates. Fortinet's trademarks include, but are not limited to, the following: Fortinet, FortiGate, FortiGuard, FortiManager, FortiMail, FortiClient, FortiCare, FortiAnalyzer, FortiReporter, FortiOS, FortiASIC, FortiWiFi, FortiSwitch, FortiVoIP, FortiBIOS, FortiLog, FortiResponse, FortiDB and FortiWeb. Other trademarks belong to their respective owners. Fortinet has not independently verified statements herein attributed to third parties and Fortinet does not separately endorse any such statements.

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