SOURCE: Fortinet

November 14, 2006 08:00 ET

Charter Business™ Selects Fortinet to Power Managed Security Services

Charter Deploys More Than 200 FortiGate™ Security Systems to Deliver Unified Security Functionality to Business Customers

ST. LOUIS, MO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 14, 2006 -- Charter Business™, a division of Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR), today announced that it has deployed more than 200 Fortinet high-performance FortiGate™ integrated security systems to its broadband business Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) customers throughout the country.

"Charter Business can now provide our broadband business customers a cost-efficient and flexible enterprise-level security system without the complexity associated with integrating and managing multiple standalone systems," said Jim McGann, Corporate Vice President for Charter Business.

Charter Business focuses on provisioning broadband services for small businesses and connecting home-based workers to remote branch offices that require stringent access and security measures comparable to large enterprises. Initially, finding the ability to deliver security solutions similar to those of large enterprises to businesses with conservative budgets was challenging. Charter realized that deploying point solutions for firewall, antivirus and intrusion prevention (IPS) would cause a business customer's initial purchase and management costs to escalate.

"We recognized a critical need to integrate multiple security functionality into a range of multi-threat security systems that did not compromise performance relative to standalone, single-functional security alternatives," said Mr. McGann.

Charter had a list of stringent requirements for its integrated solution, including multiple security functionality, high performance and central management.

To date, Charter Business has deployed the FortiGate systems in more than 200 customer networks. Because of the centralized management capability of Fortinet's solution, Charter Business is also positioned to rapidly scale its managed security services as it expands in new markets.

Fortinet's FortiGate multi-threat security appliances provide comprehensive network and content protection through the integration of eight essential security applications and services -- including antivirus, firewall, VPN, intrusion prevention (IPS), antispam, antispyware, Web filtering and traffic shaping.

About Charter Communications

Charter Communications, Inc. is a leading broadband communications company and the third-largest publicly traded cable operator in the United States. Charter provides a full range of advanced broadband services, including advanced Charter Digital® video entertainment programming, Charter High-Speed™ Internet access service, and Charter Telephone™ services. Charter Business™ similarly provides scalable, tailored and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to business organizations, such as business-to-business Internet access, data networking, video and music entertainment services and business telephone. Charter's advertising sales and production services are sold under the Charter Media® brand. More information about Charter can be found at www.charter.com.

About Fortinet

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, Web content filtering, 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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