Middle East, April 11, 2010 – Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT) – a leading network security provider and worldwide leader of unified threat management (UTM) solutions – today announced its latest operating system software update – FortiOS™ 4.0 maintenance release 2 – which is designed to help customers achieve better security, flexibility and performance from their FortiGate® multi-threat security platforms.


The net benefit to customers is a more robust set of tools that allows
them to customize FortiGate platforms to better meet the security and
performance needs of their organizations. FortiOS 4.0 MR2 adds the
following new functionalities:

  • More security through more comprehensive antivirus engines,
    expanded application control enforcement and improved integration with
    Fortinet’s FortiClient endpoint security solution for better security
    controls;
  • More flexibility with the ability to balance antivirus inspection
    levels to better suit customers’ security/performance requirements;
  • More visibility and control into network activity through the
    monitoring of application and bandwidth usage, user activity and
    associated threat trends to help create and enforce security policies
    customized for each customer’s unique environment;  
  • More performance for a range of security technologies, including
    application control policy performance when using accessory modules and
    antivirus inspection when using the new flow-based antivirus engine.

FortiOS 4.0 MR2 Deep Dive

  • More Security

    • Support for a new antivirus signature database, the “Extreme”
      database, which provides robust protection against an extensive array of
      possible threats
    • Improved integration with FortiClient for better endpoint security
      controls – including enforcement of required applications and assessment
      of host vulnerabilities;
    • Integrated VoIP security features give end-users ability to better
      enforce VoIP security in the mid-enterprise and distributed
      enterprise/ROBO/SOHO segments; provide additional security for
      enterprises using an IP PBX, Unified Communication and SIP trunking to
      lower costs and consolidate network infrastructure;
    • Support for the new FortiMobile SSL VPN client for the iPhone and
      iPod touch devices helps protect sensitive data stored on new mobile
      devices.
  • More Flexibility, Visibility and Control

    • Improved flexibility — customers can choose from four total
      options for malware protection to best suit their security and
      performance requirements: “Standard” – wild list database, “Extended” –
      Extended signature set, “Extreme” – our broad database of threats, and a
      new flow-based virus scanning engine which offers significant
      performance improvement in real-time environments where performance is
      valued over security;
    • Improved visibility of network activity – new firewall policy
      enhancements enable organizations to create and define policies that
      monitor and measure application usage and user patterns with more than
      100 pre-defined reports;
    • Improved control of network activity – traffic shaper enables
      monitoring and control of bandwidth consumption on a per-application
      basis; allowing the ability to prioritize bandwidth per user,
      application, or group of users or applications.
  • More Performance

    • New hardware-acceleration for application-based policies through
      the use of Fortinet AMC modules to deliver throughput increases for IPS,
      application policies and IP multicast applications when used with
      supporting FortiGate platforms;
    • Allocates resources dynamically to enable more efficient use of
      memory, optimized to meet the security policy and traffic requirements,
      increasing security performance.

“With our roots in innovation and our security focus, Fortinet is
continuing to expand and extend our FortiOS feature set to meet the
evolving security and performance needs of our customers,” said Michael
Xie, CTO and founder, Fortinet. “The advancements in our FortiOS 4.0 MR2
release improve the security of a variety of applications, enable
customers to better manage and control complex security with ease, and
flexibly leverage our solution to best meet the security/performance
needs of their organization.  We believe this is a step forward in
security innovation.”

Availability
FortiOS 4.0 MR2 is now available for FortiGate appliances as a free
upgrade to existing FortiGate customers with active maintenance
contracts.

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