SOURCE: Fortinet

October 30, 2006 12:00 ET

China Institute of Technology Future-Proofs Investment in Network Security With Fortinet

Premier Education Institute in Taiwan Chooses Fortinet's FortiGate-5000 Series Systems to Protect Its Gigabit-Speed Network

TAIPEI, TAIWAN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 30, 2006 -- Fortinet -- the pioneer and leading provider of unified threat management (UTM) security solutions -- today announced that the China Institute of Technology (CHIT) in Taiwan has purchased and deployed Fortinet's carrier-class FortiGate™-5050 multi-threat security platform with two FortiGate-5001FA2 blades, to protect its campus network and information systems from network threats.

The China Institute of Technology is a higher education institution, providing comprehensive programs in technology, business and aviation. The institute is committed to providing a quality learning environment for its students through the innovative use of advanced information technology. Comprised of two campuses, in Hsinchu and Nankang, Taipei, the institute has a student population of about 10,000.

With the recent deployment of a new gigabit-speed campus-wide network, CHIT required an effective, high-performance security solution to protect its students and the information assets of the institute. Important to CHIT was also that the prospective solution be highly-scalable to grow with increased performance and user demands on the institute's network. After an evaluation period, during which solutions from a range of vendors were tested and compared, CHIT purchased a carrier-class FortiGate-5050 chassis-based system populated with two FortiGate-5001FA2 blades. Deployment was completed in July of this year, and the system is now running effectively on the campus network.

"Aside from excellent performance and security features, we needed a solution that we could deploy and use for a long time, possibly many years," said Mr. Ven Jui-Hung, vice professor and consultant at the Computer Center for the China Institute of Technology. "The FortiGate-5000 Series was designed for high-speed, high-traffic network environments. As a result, as CHIT's network grows, our Fortinet solution can scale to accommodate this without requiring us to upgrade our equipment."

Mr. Ven believes that the amortized cost of the Fortinet solution and the significant decrease in maintenance effort and time, based on the expected long lifespan of this solution, make the purchase very cost-effective over the long term.

Carrier-class Security and Performance

Fortinet's FortiGate-5050 is a chassis-based network security platform that delivers multi-gigabit performance and integrated multi-threat protection for high-bandwidth networks. FortiGate-5000 Series systems are the only security products to comply with the Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA) standard. The systems integrate a complete set of security functions and services -- including firewall, antivirus, VPN, intrusion protection, web content filtering, antispam, traffic shaping, and IM and P2P controls -- to protect networks from sophisticated blended threats. All FortiGate systems are kept up-to-date automatically by Fortinet's FortiGuard™ subscription services, which provide continuous updates to ensure protection against the latest viruses, worms, Trojans, and other threats.

"Educational institutes often face many security challenges but less funds and manpower," said Hansen Chang, vice president for Asia Pacific for Fortinet. "Rather than settling for a less effective short-term solution, CHIT chose a wise path of purchasing a powerful multi-threat security platform from Fortinet that will scale to accommodate future growth and demands."

About the China Institute of Technology (www.chit.edu.tw)

The China Institute of Technology (CHIT) was established in 1968 in response to the government's call for more private engineering institutions. CHIT currently runs higher education and continuing education courses in business administration, electronics, electrical and mechanical engineering, avionics and aircraft engineering, and economics. CHIT also has 4 research centers on-campus and has a student enrollment of about 10,000 this year. CHIT achieved ISO 9001/2000 certification in August, 2001.

About Fortinet (www.fortinet.com)

Fortinet is the pioneer and market leading provider of ASIC-accelerated unified threat management (UTM) 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 antispam -- providing customers a way to protect multiple threats as well as blended 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 eight times over by the ICSA (firewall, antivirus, IPSec, SSL, IDS, client antivirus detection, cleaning and antispyware). Fortinet is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California.

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