SOURCE: Fortinet

December 15, 2008 12:00 ET

Fortinet's FortiGate Security Appliance Family Receives Five-Star Rating From Leading Research Firm

Current Analysis Report Commends Fortinet for Enterprise-Class Features and Significantly Lower TCO

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - December 15, 2008) - Fortinet® -- the pioneer and leading provider of unified threat management (UTM) solutions -- today announced that independent research firm Current Analysis has given its coveted five-star rating to the company's FortiGate® family of multi-threat network security appliances.

According to the "Fortinet FortiGate Security Appliances" profile report:

--  The Fortinet FortiGate family of enterprise security appliances is
    very threatening in the enterprise firewall and VPN market.
--  Fortinet is well positioned to compete across multiple markets, from
    SOHO to enterprise and MSSP, and against far larger and more entrenched
    competitors.
--  Fortinet's FortiGate security solution rivals the best multi-service
    devices in the advanced firewall/VPN market.
--  Fortinet has received strong marks in enterprise-class product reviews
    for the flexibility and robustness of its policy engine.
--  Fortinet offers a suite of logging and policy-based provisioning tools
    for large enterprise deployments. These tools centralize logging functions
    and configuration, policy, device management and security event analysis
    functions on dedicated management appliances.
    

"Fortinet has solidified its position with a combination of products and services that have generated strong customer momentum and have raised the company's profile across the market, putting growing pressure on incumbents from a feature, functionality and security services perspective," said Andrew Braunberg, research director, Current Analysis.

The product focus for the report, Fortinet's FortiGate line of new generation secure gateways marry the integration of network and content security with the high performance, leveraged through custom-designed ASICs, to provide real-time protection against an array of external and internal threats. The appliances include eight core security functions, including firewall, antivirus, intrusion prevention (IPS), VPN, spyware prevention, antispam, Web content filtering and traffic shaping. Customers can choose to purchase FortiGate appliances for some or all of these functionalities, and a scalable path to address future requirements. This consolidated approach provides improved security through integration and reduced CapEx and OpEx by eliminating the need to purchase, manage and maintain multiple point solutions.

"Fortinet's vision for high-performance multi-threat security solutions continues to be validated by increased global enterprise customer adoption of our FortiGate solutions and premier independent research and recognition," said Ken Xie, founder, president and CEO of Fortinet. "Current Analysis' five-star rating of our FortiGate family highlights our market leadership and further underscores that we have the right vision and technology in place to meet the needs of enterprises."

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About Fortinet (www.fortinet.com)

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 in six programs by ICSA Labs: Firewall, Antivirus, IPSec VPN, SSL VPN, Network IPS, and Antispam. Fortinet is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California. Fortinet is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California.

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