SOURCE: Fortinet

September 10, 2007 12:00 ET

Fortinet Is First and Only Network Security Vendor in Evaluation for Medium Robustness Common Criteria V2.0 Certification

Achieves Testing Milestone for Federal Government

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - September 10, 2007) - Fortinet® -- the pioneer and leading provider of unified threat management (UTM) solutions -- today announced that its FortiOS 3.0 operating system has achieved a new milestone as the most extensively tested and government certified network security appliance operating system available for the protection of United States and Canadian federal agencies. Fortinet is the first and only network security vendor to be registered as "in evaluation" against the latest EAL4+ Medium Robustness V2.0 protection profile for application level firewalls. (Medium Robustness V2.0 is the most stringent of the criteria that the Department of Defense requires for security products.) This protection profile replaces the older Medium Robustness V1.0 protection profile for application firewalls that has been archived and downgraded to EAL2+. Booz Allen Hamilton's Common Criteria Test Laboratory is conducting the evaluations.

Government agencies are now being mandated to purchase security products that are certified, or registered as "in evaluation," against any applicable Medium Robustness V2.0 protection profiles. By being the first and only network security vendor in evaluation, Fortinet is the only vendor that meets the current Department of Defense purchasing requirements for Common Criteria certification.

In addition, Fortinet's FortiOS 3.0 and specific FortiGate multi-threat security appliance models have been certified to Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 Level 2. This is Fortinet's second successful round of FIPS certification for the Fortinet Federal Certification Program adding several of their latest platforms to the NIST FIPS portfolio.

"Being able to protect Department of Defense networks with both Common Criteria and FIPS 140-2 Level 2 protection while stopping today's more sophisticated blended and distributed attacks is critical to our Federal government customers," said Brent Martinez, president of Secure Network Innovation, Inc, which supports defense missions at U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. "With no other vendors in evaluation, Fortinet is currently the only Common Criteria MR V2.0 and FIPS 140-2 certified security vendor capable of defending our networks."

Fortinet is undergoing extensive critical federal evaluations and certifications to meet the highest government agency information assurance requirements possible with Common Criteria MR V2.0 evaluations.

"This is another important milestone of the Fortinet Federal Certification Program which is designed to continually deliver the strongest security possible for defense operations. Our federal customers have recognized Fortinet is also the only vendor that has submitted its entire suite of IA functionality for Common Criteria Medium Robustness 2.0, which further strengthens their IA defensive capacity," said Tom Hance, vice president of Federal operations at Fortinet. "Fortinet FortiGate platforms provide integrated firewall, antivirus, IPS, VPN and other security functionalities protection to deliver stronger agency and enclave boundary protection for government entities looking to bolster their legacy defense-in-depth protections and reduce operational costs."

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 eight times over by ICSA Labs. Fortinet is a privately held American company based in Sunnyvale, California.

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