SOURCE: Fortinet

May 29, 2007 12:00 ET

Subaru Drives Optimal Security at 600 Dealerships Nationwide With Fortinet

Leading Unified Threat Management (UTM) Vendor Teams With Nuspire Networks to Customize Security for Each Subaru Location

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - May 29, 2007) - Fortinet® -- the pioneer and leading provider of unified threat management (UTM) solutions -- today announced that Nuspire Networks has deployed FortiGate™ multi-threat security systems at 600 Subaru dealerships nationwide to help secure its Subaru Service Diagnostic Systems (SDS) project, a laptop-based diagnostic system that delivers rapid, on-the-spot service to its customers.

Subaru developed its Subaru Service Diagnostic Systems to increase the productivity and efficiency of its service technicians. The system runs on rugged notebooks that can be used anywhere in the repair shop or vehicle to obtain service information, check vehicle diagnostics or to reprogram the vehicle's electronic control unit. These laptops are connected to each dealership's wireless network; therefore it was critical that Subaru find an efficient method to help secure sensitive service information, i.e. vehicle identification numbers (VIN), owner address and contact information, or even vehicle history.

To achieve this, Subaru worked with Nuspire, a managed network services provider, specializing in large corporations with a distributed network footprint, to develop network security and broadband services configured specifically to each dealer location. Nuspire chose to deploy Fortinet's FortiGate-60 systems to protect each of the dealer's service networks using firewall, anti-virus, anti-spam and Web content filtering. Using Fortinet's FortiGuard™ Web Filtering subscription service, Nuspire is further utilizing their FortiGate solutions to help ensure technicians can only access specific, Subaru-authorized Internet sites needed for diagnostics and vehicle service. URL updates are pushed directly to the FortiGate devices, thereby improving security and reducing administrative headaches.

"To meet Subaru's requirements for accelerated and secure service, we chose Fortinet's FortiGate systems combination of performance and security they provide," said Saylor Frase, president at Nuspire. "Dealers want to spend time helping customers, not managing multiple single-function security devices. For a project the scope of Subaru's, we needed a vendor to deliver the best protection while being easy to manage and cost effective."

Fortinet's FortiGate multi-threat security appliances provide comprehensive network and content protection through the integration of eight essential security applications and services -- including anti-virus, firewall, VPN, intrusion prevention (IPS), anti-spam, anti-spyware, Web filtering and traffic shaping. The systems are 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.

About Nuspire (www.nuspire.com)

Nuspire Networks is an industry leading MSSP. Some customers include: General Motors, Subaru, SPX Corporation, InkStop, Ford Motor Company, etc. Nuspire is dedicated to designing and providing state of the art network management and security solutions, coupled with technical development, installation, integration, and support throughout North America. For more information please visit www.nuspire.com or call 248-896-6150.

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 help to protect against 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.

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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