SOURCE: Fortinet

March 05, 2007 12:00 ET

Fortinet Solutions Selected by NTT Com to Fuel New Managed Security Service

Fortinet's FortiGate™ Systems and FortiGuard™ Service to Protect NTT Communications' Business Customers from Cyber Threats

TOKYO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 5, 2007 -- Fortinet® -- the pioneer and leading provider of multi-threat security solutions -- today announced that NTT Communications' (NTT Com) IT Management Services (ITMS), has selected Fortinet's network security systems and subscription services to fuel its new managed security service targeted at businesses in Japan.

To meet the growing demand for managed security services -- driven by increased security threats and decreased IT resources, especially among small and medium enterprises -- NTT Com is launching a new unified threat management (UTM) managed security service. NTT Com's new UTM service offers antivirus protection, but can also extend security to cover the full range of security threats to networks, from viruses and Trojans to spyware and spam. The UTM service will involve Fortinet's FortiGate™-50B multi-threat security systems deployed at customer sites; FortiManager™, FortiAnalyzer™ and FortiGate™ carrier-class systems deployed at NTT Com's Security Operations Center; remote monitoring and maintenance from NTT Com; and updates, incident response and expertise from Fortinet's FortiGuard™ Center and global threat response team. The service also includes hosted comprehensive security services and 24x7 support and consulting solutions to business customers.

"Based on comprehensive tests comparing our products and services with competitors, NTT Com selected Fortinet for its new offering. This is a strong endorsement by Japan's premier telecommunications and networking company of our technology and our proficiency in the field of network security, so we are both honored and very pleased," said Mr. Yoshimitsu Okamoto, president of Fortinet Japan.

Comprehensive Security Products Backed by World-Class Threat Research

NTT Com selected Fortinet's FortiGate-50B systems to deploy at customer sites as part of its UTM managed service offering. Like all FortiGate systems, the FortiGate-50B systems deliver comprehensive network and content protection through the integration of eight essential security applications and services -- including antivirus, firewall, VPN, intrusion prevention (IPS), antispam, antispyware, Web filtering and traffic shaping.

Another key factor in NTT Com's selection of Fortinet was the stellar reputation of its FortiGuard Center, an online threat information resource, and FortiGuard global threat response network of researchers around the world who are responsible for threat analysis, development of countermeasures, and pushing real-time global updates to Fortinet's FortiGate systems to help protect against the latest viruses, worms, Trojans and other threats. Most recently, the FortiGuard team enabled Fortinet to achieve top ranking in independent test lab evaluations by Virus Bulletin (VB100), AV-Test and AV-Comparatives.org. Additionally, Fortinet's global threat response team has been credited by Microsoft as instrumental in the discovery of several vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office™.

About NTT Communications (www.ntt.com)

NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) provides information and communications technology (ICT) solutions worldwide with dedicated professionals stationed in 20 countries. Renowned as an IPv6 technology pioneer and managed service expert, NTT Com offers diverse high-quality IP, Web-based, and managed network solutions combining network management, security, ubiquitous, Web portals/engines, and global services. Its world-class Tier 1 Internet backbone and secure closed networks with over 98,000 MPLS ports connect more than 200 countries. The company earned non-consolidated revenues exceeding one trillion yen (about US$1.2 billion) in fiscal 2005 ended March 31, 2006. NTT Com started as a long-distance phone company in 1999 after the reorganization of the NTT Group, and is the wholly owned subsidiary of NTT, one of the world's largest telecommunications companies. NTT is listed in Japan, London and New York stock exchanges. Please visit www.ntt.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 the ICSA (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 registered trademarks of the Fortinet Corporation 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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