SOURCE: Fortinet

December 18, 2006 12:00 ET

Fortinet Rises to Tier 1 Enterprise Security Vendor Status in Leading Independent Research

In Latest Current Analysis Assessment, Fortinet Is Also the Only Tier 1 Vendor to Receive a 'Very Positive' Rating

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 18, 2006 -- Fortinet -- the pioneer and leading provider of unified threat management (UTM) solutions -- today announced that it has been named a Tier 1 vendor by Current Analysis, a leading independent research firm. The report also shows that Fortinet is the only Tier 1 vendor rated as very positive, crediting the company's focus on developing an impressive set of homegrown UTM systems and services that provide enterprises with a strong security posture without the complexity of point security solutions.

Current Analysis defines Tier 1 vendors as market leaders, at or near the top of market share, who shape the direction of their respective market. Other Tier 1 enterprise security vendors include Cisco, Juniper, Check Point, Nokia and others.

"Fortinet's offering, which includes the high-end FortiGate™-5000 Series systems as well as its branch office appliances, is putting pressure on competitors across the board," said Steven Schuchart, senior analyst, enterprise infrastructure for Current Analysis. "Combined with good channel tactics, Fortinet has found a sustainable business model that can challenge security incumbents."

Fortinet has established strong momentum around the world. The company is continuing to grow its market share and win significant deals from industry competitors -- among them being recently announced wins or deployments with General Motors, Nintendo, Swisscom Mobile, Charter Business and others.

Fortinet's compelling solutions offering includes its flagship FortiGate family of multi-threat security systems. The systems deliver comprehensive network and content protection to enterprises and service providers of all sizes through the integration of eight essential security applications and services -- including antivirus, firewall, VPN, intrusion prevention (IPS), anti-spam, anti-spyware, Web filtering and traffic shaping. FortiGate systems are kept up to date automatically by Fortinet's FortiGuard subscription services, which provide continuous updates to ensure protection against the latest viruses, worms, Trojans, and other threats -- around the clock, and around the world.

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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 anti-spam -- 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, IPS, client antivirus detection, cleaning and antispyware). Fortinet is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California.

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