SOURCE: Fortinet

February 07, 2007 12:00 ET

Fortinet Joins Forces With Microsoft's SecureIT Alliance

Leading Unified Threat Management (UTM) Vendor Further Expands Its Industry Resources and Support for Renowned Global FortiGuard Network

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 7, 2007 -- Fortinet -- a pioneer and leading provider of unified threat management (UTM) solutions -- today announced that it has become the newest member of the SecureIT Alliance, a group of industry partners working together to develop security solutions for the Microsoft® platform. As a member, Fortinet is able to collaborate earlier and more interactively with Microsoft and other Alliance members, and such collaboration will in turn allow it to respond more quickly to customer inquiries and concerns over vulnerabilities.

The SecureIT Alliance is a web-enabled collaboration forum between partners to help members build innovative new security solutions and to communicate with customers about security solutions and partnerships. The Alliance provides a forum through which members can receive new platform information from Microsoft, and collaborate on issues such as secure-code best practices, interoperability, and integration of products and services, as well as public communication of security solutions content.

"As a multi-threat security leader, Fortinet is a welcomed addition to the SecureIT Alliance," said Gerry Albert, at Microsoft, as Director of SecureIT Alliance. "With its global FortiGuard™ Network of security researchers, Fortinet provides an additional level of security expertise and solutions that will benefit both industry collaborators and IT professionals who rely on the Alliance to drive their development and decision-making."

"As hackers become craftier, security companies must become more innovative in terms of thwarting attacker advances," said Richard Stiennon, chief marketing officer for Fortinet. "SecureIT Alliance calls security thought leaders and innovators to action by giving us a forum in which to collaborate and communicate on the most dangerous and pressing industry matters. This alliance extends the benefits of Fortinet's FortiGuard Network to customers, by enabling a broader research network and more attention and faster response to critical vulnerabilities and potential threats."

Fortinet's FortiGuardNetwork provides continuous updates to help protect against the latest threats around the clock and around the world. For more information on the FortiGuard Network visit http://www.fortinet.com/FortiGuardCenter/.

For more about SecureIT Alliance, visit http://www.secureitalliance.com.

About Fortinet (www.fortinet.com)

Fortinet is the pioneer and leading provider of ASIC-accelerated multi-threat 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 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 ICSA Labs (firewall, antivirus, IPSec, SSL, IPS, client antivirus detection, cleaning and antispyware). Fortinet is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California.

Fortinet is a registered trademark of Fortinet, Inc. Fortinet, FortiGate, FortiOS, FortiAnalyzer, FortiASIC, FortiCare, FortiManager, FortiWiFi, FortiGuard, FortiClient, and FortiReporter are trademarks of the Fortinet, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.

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