SOURCE: Fortinet

January 22, 2007 12:00 ET

Fortinet Unifies Networking and Security With FortiGate-224B

Security and Networking Platform First in a Series of Systems That Combine High-Performance Switching, Multi-Threat Security and Granular Access Controls

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 22, 2007 -- Fortinet -- the pioneer and leading provider of unified threat management (UTM) solutions -- today announced the FortiGate-224B™, the first in a line of unified security and networking platforms that uniquely integrate multiple layers of threat protection with granular security access controls to help safeguard against both external and internal network threats without the need for multiple point solutions. Designed to meet the disparate and expanding network access security needs of enterprises, the FortiGate-224B is a new class of high-performance LAN security devices that enforce internal security policies at the network access layer to blunt intrusion attempts, viruses, worms, denial-of-service attacks and blended threats at wire speed.

While broadband and wireless technologies bring with them the welcomed benefits of increased productivity and reduced costs, not as welcome is the escalating amount of security threats originating from trusted devices within the network. Laptops, PDAs and other mobile devices frequently used outside the corporate network over untrusted connections present added vulnerabilities. Back in the corporate network, these devices are typically treated as trusted assets and given unrestricted network access. At this point, security threats acquired outside can bypass perimeter defenses and make their way into trusted networks.

The FortiGate-224B delivers clientless access security control that enforces network policies without requiring special end-user software agents. In addition, this new switch integrates comprehensive network and content protection 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.

"The convergence of network and security operational functions is well underway. As organizations revisit their networking infrastructure, they are increasingly looking for security functions to be integrated with their networking equipment," said Mike Rothman, president of Security Incite. "Tomorrow's networking fabric will be secure, integrated, and will provide the means to protect business systems from attacks originating both externally and internally."

The FortiGate-224B features 4.4 Gbps layer 2 switch performance, 150 Mbps firewall throughput, 24 x 10/100 switch ports, two 10/10/1000 switch ports and two 10/100 WAN ports. Customers can configure the FortiGate-224B to operate in a "strict" mode where all ports are initially managed in an un-trusted quarantine state, or in a "dynamic" mode in which all ports initially operate in a trusted network state. The strict mode redirects access attempts to a web portal where administrator-defined security checks are performed. Utilizing dynamic mode ports allows network access based on pre-established policies, until a threat or policy violation is detected. If a violation is detected, the port is reassigned and all traffic is restricted to a quarantined VLAN until the violation is remediated.

"With internal threats rising, it is critical that enterprises get smarter about how they lock down their networks from the inside out," said Richard Stiennon, chief marketing officer for Fortinet. "With combined full-featured LAN security and multi-threat protection of the FortiGate-224B, Fortinet customers will be able to tackle the security and administration challenges that typical NAC solutions claim to do -- but fail."

Like all FortiGate systems, the FortiGate-224B is kept up to date automatically by Fortinet's FortiGuard™ subscription services, which provide continuous updates to help protect against the latest viruses, worms, Trojans, and other threats -- around the clock, and around the world.

Availability

The FortiGate-224B is available now through Fortinet's network of channel partners worldwide. More information on this and other Fortinet products can be found at: http://www.fortinet.com/products.

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.

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