SOURCE: Fortinet

August 27, 2007 12:00 ET

Fortinet Delivers Increased Performance and Flexibility for Enterprise Branch Offices With New FortiGate and FortiWifi Security Appliances

Enhanced Connectivity Options, 3G Wireless Security and FortiASIC Technology Comprise Enterprise ROBO and Retail Offering

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - August 27, 2007) - Fortinet® -- the pioneer and leading provider of unified threat management (UTM) solutions -- today introduced the FortiGate™-60B and the FortiWifi™-60B, two high-performance, full-featured multi-threat security appliances designed for enterprise branch offices, retail outlets and small businesses. Delivering comprehensive enterprise-class protection for wired and wireless networked environments, the new FortiGate-60B and the FortiWifi-60B appliances enable enterprises to cost-effectively extend robust security down to even the smallest sites in their organizations.

Enterprise branch offices and retail outlets are targets for cyber attacks just as headquarters and large sites are, but often lack the same security defenses to protect against an array of threats, especially those targeted specifically at Web-based applications and VoIP vulnerabilities. Additionally, the adoption of third generation (3G) wireless networks in enterprise branch office and retail environments creates additional security risks. With cyber criminals eager to leverage every opportunity or entry for attack, many often attempt to capitalize on the weaknesses of small branch sites as a vehicle for attacking enterprise resources.

In particular, retail sites are at risk as a result of the increased movement from "closed" dial-up and frame relay network access methods to "open" broadband Internet access and wireless networks. Driving security from a "should have" to a "must have" are regulations mandating retail businesses and service providers that store, process or transmit cardholder data to comply with a set of network security requirements -- as defined by the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard -- or face significant fines.

Raising the Bar for Security, Flexibility and Performance

The new FortiGate-60B and FortiWifi-60B bring new power and flexibility to enterprise branch offices and retail outlets as their needs for protection and compliance continue to grow. These new security appliances incorporate a purpose-built FortiASIC specifically designed for high-performance multi-function security. In addition to increased flexibility and performance, both appliances feature a front-accessible PC card slot that supports 3G wireless PC cards from multiple mobile carriers, ensuring flexibility for rapid deployment.

The FortiGate-60B and FortiWifi-60B also include dual WAN interfaces, an integrated analog modem, six internal interfaces, and one DMZ interface to allow network administrators to definitively segment a trusted area for internal users and an untrusted area for public users -- an option that was until now limited to larger environments.

The FortiWifi-60B provides the same features as the FortiGate-60B, but is designed specifically to address the secure wireless connectivity requirements of enterprise branch offices, retail locations and small businesses. This solution also has built-in 802.11 a/b/g wireless support.

Much like Fortinet's high-end FortiGate systems for the large enterprises, carriers and MSSPs, the FortiGate-60B and FortiWifi-60B deliver real-time network protection through the integration of essential security applications and services -- including firewall, antivirus, virtual private network (VPN), intrusion prevention (IPS), anti-spam, Web content filtering and traffic shaping -- that can be deployed individually, or combined as a UTM solution. All FortiGate systems are kept up to date automatically by Fortinet's FortiGuard™ subscription services, which provide continuous updates to help protect against the latest viruses, worms, Trojans, and other threats.

"Enterprise branch offices, retail offices and small businesses need the same enterprise grade protection as larger businesses, but with a console that greatly simplifies network security management for IT staff," said Freddy Mangum, vice president of product marketing for Fortinet. "The new FortiGate-60B and FortiWifi-60B systems provide comprehensive security against network and content level threats, superior ease-of-management and flexible connectivity options -- ideally meeting the needs of smaller network environments."


The FortiGate-60B and FortiWifi-60B are available now through Fortinet's network of channel partners worldwide. More information can be found at

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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 eight times over by ICSA Labs (firewall, antivirus, IPSec, SSL, IPS, client antivirus detection, cleaning and antispyware). Fortinet is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California.

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