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A: Email is totally insecure. Despite this fact, it is relied upon for some of our most critical personal and business communications. Circa 1980, The Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) was designed without even a glimmer of what the internet would become. Security was not as paramount a concern as it is now; it never made it into the protocol. Changing this has been an uphill struggle due to the sheer number of mail servers and users who rely on them. Even today, by default, email is sent in plain text (if both servers do not already use... [Read More]
by RSS Carl Windsor  |  Nov 14, 2013  |  Filed in: Security Q & A
In light of new and sophisticated network security technology that stretches from Next Generation Firewalls to Unified Threat Management devices, the blogosphere has turned its attention to the importance and relevancy of an age old technology: the firewall. Opinions undoubtedly run the gamut, with not just a few concluding that firewalls in general are within throwing range of obsolescence. In actuality, nothing could be further from the truth. Firewalls, like anti-virus and spam filters, are esteemed as a cornerstone of any security arsenal -... [Read More]
by RSS Stefanie Hoffman  |  Oct 02, 2013  |  Filed in:
As you may know, Fortinet will be at Hashdays 2012. And the reverse naM and I have designed a challenge for you. As it is a difficult challenge [subtle sentence to pique your curiosity] we will be opening the contest a few days before the conference. Check our blog on Monday October 29, 2012. The first person to come at Fortinet's stand at #days with the right code wins a top notch small office / home UTM Firewall: a Fortigate 60C, full bundle for 12 months! Prize for #days challenge: a personal UTM firewall FortiGate 60C -- the Crypto Girl PS.... [Read More]
by RSS Axelle Apvrille  |  Oct 23, 2012  |  Filed in: Security Research
In the following video, IT-Harvest's Richard Stiennon interviews John Maddison, Fortinet's vice president of marketing on how Fortinet views itself in the security market. Topics covered include network security performance, the depth and breadth of the company's product line and the company's technology innovation. [Read More]
by RSS Rick Popko  |  Jul 30, 2012  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
UPDATED Apr 17 with new information Today NSS Labs, an independent security testing organization, issued a report which states it found holes in five of six network firewalls. Fortinet was named as one of these firewalls, and we want to address some misperceptions around this report. NSS Labs tested the FortiGate-3950B platform using equipment supplied by an NSS customer. We have been working with NSS Labs over the last two months to remediate the issues raised in the test. NSS Labs incorrectly states that Fortinet does not currently provide customers... [Read More]
by RSS Patrick Bedwell  |  Apr 12, 2011  |  Filed in: Security Research
The recent widespread DoS attacks directed at a number of sites in the wake of _l’affaire Assange _has prompted several of our customers to ask how Fortinet can help them reduce the effects of a DoS attack. The news has been full of examples of how participants in the so-called “Operation Payback” were able to affect operations for some financial services companies and payment processors in the wake of the Wikileaks document drops. Although it is difficult to prevent a widespread DoS or DDOS attack from affecting your network operations,... [Read More]
by RSS Patrick Bedwell  |  Dec 17, 2010  |  Filed in: Security Research
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by RSS Rick Popko  |  May 12, 2010  |  Filed in: Security Research
People frequently ask me about certifications and what they all mean. Here at Fortinet, we realize that looking at marketing specs or documentation isn’t always enough when you’re looking for the ideal security solution. After all, just because it looks good on paper doesn’t mean it’s the right product for you, right? So, we invest a lot of time getting our firmware and hardware products certified on a regular basis. This is why we know it’s important to invest in third-party certifications, and make it a regular part of our development... [Read More]
by RSS Langley Rock  |  Apr 29, 2010  |  Filed in: Security Research
When it comes to antivirus, how much coverage do you need? Everyone has different concerns when it comes to antivirus coverage. Some people want to circle the wagons and let very little into their networks, while others need some basic protection but prefer speed, speed and more speed. In this article I'll discuss the new antivirus features in the FortiOS 4.0 MR2 for the FortiGate family and how your device can be configured for your preferred level of coverage versus performance. Malware Lifecycles All malware have a life cycle. Some are like... [Read More]
by RSS Jeff Crawford  |  Apr 05, 2010  |  Filed in: Security Research
With all of the features available in the FortiGate operating system, such as our antivirus, web filtering, IPS and antispam, together with the newer additions such as SSL VPN, DLP, WAN Optimization, etc., it is easy to overlook some of the lesser known features our solution provides. I wanted to mention our load balancing capability as another one of those surprising Fortinet free features. Of course in the current economic climate, consolidation, something Fortinet has pioneered for the past decade, is always being sought and the more features... [Read More]
by RSS Carl Windsor  |  Mar 04, 2010  |  Filed in: Security Research