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Fortinet wins security deal with Swisscom Mobile

  • 26 September, 2006 09:46

<p>SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 25, 2006 - Fortinet - the pioneer and leading provider of multi-threat security solutions - today announced that Swisscom Mobile AG, the leading provider of mobile communications services in Switzerland, has purchased Fortinet's FortiGate™-5000 Series carrier-class security systems, FortiGuard subscription services, and management and analysis systems.</p>
<p>Fortinet solutions will serve as a cornerstone for Swisscom to build a state-of the art defence platform to protect its base of 4.5 million customers from an array of mobile cyber threats.</p>
<p>Swisscom Mobile chose Fortinet over competing offerings, based on the comprehensive security, scalability and deployment flexibility the FortiGate-5000 Series systems provided. Swisscom Mobile is taking a proactive approach to securing its customers against the proliferation of mobile malware that could reach end users through an array of communication vectors such as MMS, email or web traffic. The mobile operator is using Fortinet's FortiGate-5000 chassis based systems and FortiGuard Antivirus, Intrusion Prevention (IPS) and Web Content Filtering subscription services.</p>
<p>"Swisscom Mobile's ongoing commitment to security is greatly benefited from Fortinet's technology, which continuously protects our customers from mobile malware and helps safeguarding the continuity of subscriber services," said Marcel Zumbahl, Head of Security Swisscom Mobile. "Fortinet's FortiGate-5000 carrier security platform -- with its advanced, flexible capabilities -- is a cornerstone of Swisscom Mobile's security infrastructure and, along with necessary mobile client protection, helps us ensure that our customers can safely enjoy mobile services today and in the future."</p>
<p>Fortinet has had a targeted effort under way to address the growing network and content security needs of mobile operators. The company's investments in development, sales and marketing have resulted in new products -- including FortiGate-5000 Series blades tailored for mobile operators and FortiClient Mobile end-point security software -- and numerous sales wins with leading mobile operators around the globe.</p>
<p>Comprehensive Security Platform for Secure Mobile Communications</p>
<p>FortiGate-5000 chassis-based security systems are the industry's first and only security solutions to comply with the Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA) standard for next generation of carrier grade communications equipment. Mobile operators, telecommunication carriers, service providers and large enterprise customers can configure FortiGate-5000 systems in a variety of ways to offer unmatched performance, reliability, scalability and security.</p>
<p>All FortiGate systems deliver comprehensive network and content protection through the integration of eight essential security applications and services - antivirus, 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 ensure protection against the latest viruses, worms, Trojans, and other threats - around the clock, and around the world.</p>
<p>"As users increasingly leverage mobile devices as mainstream business tools, the stakes of security become even higher and the challenges placed upon mobile operators even greater," said Andre Stewart, Fortinet's vice president of sales, EMEA. "Swisscom Mobile represents one of a number of mobile operators who are using Fortinet's security platforms to safeguard their infrastructures and deliver an array of value-added security services to their customer base."</p>
<p>About Swisscom Mobile</p>
<p>With a market share of 63.5% of business in force, Swisscom Mobile is the market leader in the Swiss mobile communications sector. In the fiscal year 2005 Swisscom Mobile generated net revenue of around CHF 4.2 billion and now has some 4.5 million NATEL subscribers. Swisscom Mobile is a public limited company with Swisscom Ltd holding a 75% equity stake and the Vodafone Group Plc the remaining 25%. The company operates several state-of-the-art wireless networks, which are the basis for a comprehensive mobile broadband network that enables high-quality mobile communication services. The innovative character of Swisscom Mobile is among others reflected in the development of the Mobile Unlimited PC card, which offers an automatic, seamless and fast way to make mobile connections to the Internet. In 2005, Swisscom Mobile won the GSM Award for this innovation.</p>
<p>About Fortinet (</p>
<p>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, Web content filtering, VPN, spyware prevention and anti-spam--providing customers a way to protect 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 the ICSA (firewall, antivirus, IPSec, SSL, IDS, client antivirus detection, cleaning and anti-spyware). Fortinet is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California.</p>
<p>For more information</p>
<p>Yvonne Cheong
Tel: +65 6838 5226</p>

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