SOURCE: Fortinet

September 24, 2007 12:00 ET

Fortinet Provides Advanced Network Security to Second Largest County in U.S.

Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County Secures More Than 5.6 Million Documents and $5 Million Integrated Cashiering System With Fortinet's Unified Threat Management Solution

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - September 24, 2007) - Fortinet® -- a pioneer and leading provider of unified threat management (UTM) solutions -- today announced that the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, IL, the second largest county by population in the United States, is using Fortinet unified threat management appliances to help protect more than 5.6 million documents ranging from employee email to citizen legal case material, adoptions, mental health, and tax objection documents. The Fortinet system is also helping secure the Circuit Court Clerk's $5 million "Integrated Cashiering System" which collects and disburses more than $100 million in revenue to the county and its municipalities.

Previously securing their network solely with Norton antivirus software and a Microsoft Windows update server, the Circuit Court Clerk wanted to expand its security protection beyond antivirus and integrate the software-based approach with a hardware-based solution to improve the performance of its network. They turned to System Solutions, Inc. (SSI), an information technology solutions provider, to help identify and select a complete and unified network security solution.

After careful considering, the Circuit Court Clerk selected the Fortinet FortiGate™-1000 enterprise-class multi-threat security appliance to provide antivirus, firewall and intrusion prevention for their network. The Circuit Court Clerk also deployed the Fortinet FortiAnalyzer™-100 to easily analyze and log traffic traversing the network of more than 800 computers.

"We are a very technology dependent county. With so many documents being protected, we can't risk jeopardizing the safety of information or easily tolerate significant hits to our network. All systems must be secure and up and running at all times," commented Dorothy Brown, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County.

"In our first 107 days of having the Fortinet solution deployed, we did not have a second of downtime," said Bridget Dancy, CIO of Circuit Court of Cook County. "Although we experienced 381,407 attempted attacks against our network, the Fortinet solution blocked and protected us from every single attack."

Fortinet's FortiGate systems are ASIC-accelerated security appliances that integrate essential security applications and services such as antivirus, firewall, VPN, intrusion prevention, Web filtering, anti-spam and traffic shaping. All FortiGate systems are kept up to date automatically by Fortinet's FortiGuard™ Network, which provides continuous updates that help ensure protection against the most damaging, content-based threats from email and Web traffic such as viruses, worms, intrusions, other unwanted network traffic -- around the clock and around the world.

FortiAnalyzer appliances provide valuable intelligence and simplify and centralize the collection and analysis of log and event data from Fortinet's FortiGate security appliances, delivering highly relevant network reports, valuable intelligence on network usage and assistance with meeting regulatory compliance.

"With vast amounts of information on their networks to secure and the need to have that information available at all times, government agencies require comprehensive security solutions that can perform at high-speeds so as not to impact network performance and availability," said Karl Soderlund, Fortinet's senior vice president, Americas sales and global alliances. "Fortinet's ASIC-accelerated multi-threat security appliances ideally meet this demand and as a result, are increasingly being adopted by government agencies like Cook County and others."

About Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County (

The Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County is the largest judicial circuit in the State of Illinois and one of the largest unified court systems in the world. The Circuit Court Clerk is responsible for recording, certifying and managing the court's records, which encompasses trials court of general jurisdiction that serves its 5.1 million residents. The Circuit Court Clerk's Office has approximately 2,100 employees who support more than 400 judges assigned among eight divisions and six suburban municipal districts. Over 2.4 million new cases are filed annually.

About Fortinet (

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

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