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Fortinet targets large enterprises & service providers with new FortiMail secure messaging appliance

  • 09 March, 2006 15:14

<p>SYDNEY, Mar. 9, 2006 - Fortinet - the pioneer and market leader of Unified Threat Management and only provider of ASIC-accelerated, network-based multi-threat security systems for real-time network protection - has expanded and enhanced its family of FortiMail™ secure messaging appliances with the announcement of FortiMail-2000, a new secure messaging appliance targeted at very large enterprises, universities and managed security service providers (MSSPs), and unveiling of FortiMail 2.2, a major new firmware release for its FortiMail systems.</p>
<p>FortiMail systems are purpose built secure messaging appliances that offer anti-spam defence-in-depth at the network perimeter and the mail server - maximising mail traffic performance by eliminating global spam at the network gateway, before it enters the corporate network. The systems include an antivirus detection engine for virus and spyware protection and complete email scanning. They seamlessly integrate with Fortinet's award-wining FortiGate™ security appliances and FortiGuard™ Anti-spam Service, which provides automatic updates to both FortiGate and FortiMail systems to reduce "obvious spam" at the network perimeter.</p>
<p>FortiMail 2.2 firmware adds the following to FortiMail systems:</p>
<p>* Enhanced Spam Detection: Includes the following email content inspection features that bring antispam detection accuracy up to 97 percent.
* Checksum Blocklist: Integrates with Fortinet's FortiGuard Antispam Service, which inspects all content within an email, including attachments and graphics, and applies a checksum against the content to determine whether it is spam.
* Greylist: Checks "reply to," "from" and "IP" headers for new email senders that FortiMail does not recognize and delays response to suspicious email servers to determine the legitimacy of the sender.
* Heuristics: Includes more than 600 rules that are indexed by a heuristics filter to inspect and score all parts of an email for spam characteristics.
* Spam URI Real-time Blocklist: Monitors Universal Resource Identifiers (URIs) that are embedded in emails as another content-based technique to detect spam.
* New Regulatory Compliance Features:
o Archiving and Quarantining: Allows administrators to archive, store and quarantine any email coming into and leaving the network.
o Customizable and Granular Spam Reports: Provides administrators with detailed spam summary reports, down to the individual user.
o Inbound and Outbound Email Filtering and Reporting: Catches and provides full reports for spam coming into and leaving the network.
* High Availability - Provides full data replication from one FortiMail system to another in active-passive mode to ensure data availability and redundancy.</p>
<p>FortiMail -2000 System: Solving the Large Email Security Challenges of Large Enterprises</p>
<p>Adding to its existing FortiMail-400 system designed for medium to large enterprises and remote branch offices, the new FortiMail-2000 system delivers scalable capacity, performance and enhanced 2.2 firmware features to secure messaging for high-volume, mission-critical infrastructures such as large enterprises, universities and MSSPs.</p>
<p>The FortiMail-2000 system includes four gigabit Ethernet ports to meet the robust anti-spam requirements of large enterprises and MSSPs without adversely affecting network performance. The FortiMail-2000 system has six 120 GB hot-swappable hard disk drives, supports configurable RAID-based storage (RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 or 50) and includes the performance capability to scan 6.8 million emails per day.</p>
<p>For flexible enterprise deployment, all FortiMail systems offer users three protective modes of operation: transparent mode, gateway mode and server mode. In transparent mode, the FortiMail system is placed in front of the existing email server without any changes to the existing email topology to provide seamless integration into existing network environments. In gateway mode, the FortiMail system is placed in front of the existing email server providing in-bound and out-bound email relay services, which allows for scanning of both in-bound and out-bound email messages. In server mode, the FortiMail system provides complete email server functionality in addition to antivirus and anti-spam functionality, which is ideal for medium sized companies and remote branch office locations.</p>
<p>"Unwanted email or spam continues to present serious security and regulatory compliance challenges for networks of all sizes - including large enterprises, universities and MSSPs," said Chris Roeckl, vice president of corporate marketing for Fortinet. "Our new FortiMail 2.2 firmware and new FortiMail-2000 system give customers greater functionality and choice in deploying the solution that best suits their email security capacity and performance needs while dramatically and rapidly decreasing the spam problem for network of all sizes."</p>
The new FortiMail 2.2 firmware and FortiMail-2000 system are available now. The firmware upgrade is available to all FortiMail customers with valid support contracts for free. FortiMail retails in Australia for $US19,500. For more information, please visit:</p>
<p>About Fortinet (
Fortinet is the confirmed leader of Unified Threat Management market. The company's award-winning FortiGate™ series of ASIC-accelerated multi-threat security systems, winner of the 2004 Security Product of the Year Award from Network Computing Magazine and the 2003 Networking Industry Awards Firewall Product of the Year, are the new generation of real-time network protection systems. They detect and eliminate the most damaging, content-based threats from e-mail and Web traffic such as viruses, worms, intrusions, inappropriate Web content and more in real time - without degrading network performance. Fortinet's solutions are the only security products that are certified seven times over by the ICSA (firewall, antivirus, IPSec, SSL, IDS, client antivirus detection and cleaning), and deliver a full range of network-level and application-level services in integrated, easily managed platforms. Named a Light Reading Top 10 Private Company and #4 on Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal's "Fast 50" list, Fortinet is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California.</p>
<p>Media contacts</p>
<p>Yvonne Cheong David Frost
Fortinet PR Deadlines
(65) 6838 5226 (02) 4341 5021</p>

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