SOURCE: Fortinet

November 27, 2007 12:00 ET

San Mateo Credit Union Banks on Fortinet for Network Security

Credit Union Protects Headquarter and Branch Office Network While Enhancing Customer Experience With Fortinet

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - November 27, 2007) - Fortinet® -- the pioneer and leading provider of unified threat management (UTM) solutions -- today announced that San Mateo Credit Union, a financial cooperative located in California, has deployed Fortinet's FortiGate™-800 and FortiGate-60 integrated security appliances to protect in-branch online transactions for more than 61,000 customers as well as the corporate network used by employees.

Looking to increase customer service, San Mateo Credit Union decided in 2005 that they would place computers in their branch offices so that customers could do online banking in-branch and/or surf the Internet. Knowing that securing the computers from network attacks would be crucial, the Credit Union selected Fortinet's unified threat management solution. San Mateo Credit Union is using FortiGate-60 appliances to help protect these computers from malicious Internet-based attacks. Fortinet's FortiGate-60 appliances are equipped with multiple functionalities such as antivirus, anti-spam, firewall and intrusion detection.

San Mateo Credit Union also wanted to upgrade their corporate network with firewall, Web content filtering, antivirus and anti-spam functionality. Additionally, the Credit Union required intrusion prevention functionality to help safeguard corporate information including banking records, customer and corporate information. To get the breadth of security they needed, the Credit Union decided to deploy Fortinet's enterprise-class FortiGate-800 integrated security appliances.

"Since the deployment of the FortiGate appliances, we can now easily see what's traversing the network at any of our branches and are able to see many attacks that are being successfully blocked by the Fortinet solution," said Pete Kneisler, vice president of information systems at San Mateo Credit Union. "Fortinet's FortiGate appliances are the most effective appliances we have ever deployed on our network."

San Mateo Credit Union also centralized management of all distributed Fortinet appliances by deploying the Fortinet FortiManager™ at its headquarters office. The FortiManager system is an integrated management and monitoring platform that enables organizations of any size to easily manage Fortinet products. It minimizes the administrative effort required to deploy, configure, monitor and maintain the full range of network protection services provided by Fortinet products. The robust, hardened FortiManager appliance-based form factor eases deployment and provides increased security and reliability.

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.

"Financial institutions have a huge responsibility to protect customer data and comply with security and audit provisions of federal legislation such as the Gramm-Leach Bliley Act and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act," said Karl Soderlund, vice president of Americas sales and global alliances for Fortinet. "With the deployment of Fortinet's integrated security solutions, San Mateo Credit Union has comprehensively improved security for online banking and protection of customer and business information."

About San Mateo Credit Union (

Founded in 1952, San Mateo Credit Union has grown over the years to keep pace with the evolving financial needs of our member-owners. Since we first opened our doors, each year has marked a growth in assets and an expansion of our member base -- currently more than $600 million and 61,000, respectively -- which is a clear indication of SMCU's vibrant financial health and operational strength. We welcome any individual who lives, works, or attends school in San Mateo County.

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.

Fortinet is a registered trademark of Fortinet, Inc. Fortinet, FortiGate, FortiOS, FortiAnalyzer, FortiASIC, FortiCare, FortiManager, FortiWiFi, FortiGuard, FortiClient, and FortiReporter are trademarks of the Fortinet, Inc. 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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