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Fortinet Launches New Wired And Wireless Antivirus Firewalls For Small And Medium Sized Businesses

  • 30 March, 2004 13:02

<p>~ New FortiWiFi™ 60 and FortiGate™ 50A Systems Deliver Complete Content Security at the Network's Edge ~</p>
<p>Sydney, Australia, Mar. 30, 2004: Fortinet -- the only provider of ASIC-powered, network-based antivirus firewall systems for real-time network protection -- today announced its new FortiWiFi™-60 and FortiGate™-50A antivirus firewalls. Designed to meet the complete content security needs of small to medium sized businesses, both the FortiWiFi-60 and FortiGate-50A antivirus firewalls include antivirus protection along with a full suite of network-level and content security functions including antivirus, firewall, intrusion detection/prevention, content filtering, VPN, and traffic shaping functions.</p>
<p>Based on Fortinet's revolutionary FortiASIC™ Content Processor chip, the FortiWiFi-60 and FortiGate-50A antivirus firewalls are the only systems that can detect and eliminate viruses, worms, and other content-based threats without reducing network performance -- even for real-time applications like Web browsing. Hailed as ideal, all-in-one Internet security solutions, Fortinet's antivirus firewalls deliver a wealth of security measures in compact, easily configured and managed security appliances ideal for the small to medium sized business. Most importantly, both devices can be kept up to date automatically through Fortinet's FortiProtect™ Network, which provides continuous updates that ensure protection against the latest viruses, worms, Trojans, and other threats -- around the clock, and around the world.</p>
<p>"Small businesses, telecommuters, home offices and corporations with networks of small branch offices, have the same security concerns and face many of the same dangers as large enterprises, however, they don't have the resources to implement numerous complex and often expensive security solutions that require constant upkeep and attention," said Peter Sandilands, Country Manager for Australia and New Zealand at Fortinet. "Both our FortiWiFi-60 and FortiGate-50A antivirus firewalls are meeting an important need for this market by providing comprehensive, real-time content security for the wired and unwired worlds in dedicated platforms that are not only cost-effective, but easy to manage."</p>
While protocols such as Wireless Equivalent Privacy (WEP) and Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) have brought new levels of security to wireless connections, the fact remains that even with first-rate encryption technologies in place wireless networks remain vulnerable to content-based threats. Organisations often believe that these types of content-based threats are addressed by existing antivirus, firewall and content screening applications at the edge of the wired network, but overlook the fact that in many instances wireless access originates within the local area network and may never pass through the external gateway. In these instances an employee could infect the entire network with a virus such as MyDoom that was brought in from outside the network and spread behind the firewall.</p>
<p>Fortinet's FortiWiFi 60 antivirus firewall provides an all-in-one solution that ensures secure mobile connectivity by combining a wireless access point with a complete suite of network security functions, so wireless users can enjoy worry free, high-performance access without compromising the integrity of company networks. The FortiWiFi-60 unit features an integrated 802.11b and 802.11g WLAN access point and allows administrators to apply antivirus, firewall, VPN, and intrusion detection and prevention services to wireless connections. In addition, the FortiWiFi-60 system provides advanced wireless security features, including WEP, enforced IPSec encryption for WLAN connections, rogue access point detection and the ability to upgrade to WPA protocols. The FortiWiFi-60 antivirus firewall provides dual WAN link support for redundant Internet connections, and an integrated 4-port switch that eliminates the need for an external hub or switch, giving multiple wired devices a direct connection to the FortiWiFi-60. Two USB ports offer support for connections to dial-up modems. Ideally suited for small businesses, remote offices, retail stores, broadband telecommuter sites, the FortiWiFi-60 is unmatched in capabilities, speed, and price/performance.</p>
The FortiGate-50A antivirus firewall is a complete content security solution targeted at small offices and telecommuters that protects against the growing virulence of content-based threats at the network's edge, while delivering the highest possible performance. With increased memory and processing power, the FortiGate-50A system builds on the strengths of the original FortiGate-50 antivirus firewall to deliver enhanced network performance and throughput at a rate of 50 megabits (Mbps) for firewall, 10 Mbps for VPN and 8 Mbps for antivirus screening. While sized and priced to meet the needs of smaller offices, the FortiGate-50A system delivers the same enterprise class, network-based antivirus, content filtering, firewall, VPN, and network-based intrusion detection/prevention features supported by all FortiGate models. The FortiGate-50A system supports an unrestricted number of users, provides one WAN and one LAN connection and also includes 2 USB ports for future expansion.</p>
Both the FortiWiFi-60 (RRP from A$2500 inc. GST) and FortiGate-50A (RRP from A$1150 inc. GST) are available now via Fortinet's Australian and New Zealand network of authorised distributors and resellers.</p>
Fortinet's award-winning FortiGate™ series of ASIC-accelerated antivirus firewalls, winner of 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 email and Web traffic such as viruses, worms, intrusions, inappropriate Web content and more in real time -- without degrading network performance. FortiGate systems the only security products that are quadruple-certified by the ICSA (antivirus, firewall, IPSec, NIDS), deliver a full range of network-level and application-level services in integrated, easily managed platforms. Named to the "Visionaries" category in the 2003 Gartner Enterprise Firewall Magic Quadrant, Fortinet is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California.</p>
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Chris Bowes
Bowes Communications Pty Ltd
Phone: +61 (0)2 9387 2332

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