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EAL 4+ certification for FortiOS 3.0

Fortinet : 10 December, 2008  (New Product)
Government level accreditation received for FortiGate firmware after receiving certification in line with Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 4
Fortinet has announced the company's FortiOS 3.0 firmware received certification for Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 4 Augmented (EAL 4+). This certification assures Fortinet's enterprise and government customers that FortiGate systems have gone through a long and rigorous testing process and conform to IT security standards sanctioned by the International Standards Organization.

FortiOS 3.0 certification covers the FortiGate family of appliances' firewall, antivirus, intrusion protection and IPSec VPN functionalities and is relevant to customers worldwide. In addition to achieving Common Criteria EAL 4+ certification for FortiOS 3.0, Fortinet has also achieved this prestigious certification for its flagship family of FortiGate integrated security appliances.

"Common Criteria EAL 4+ is one of the most respected certifications in the industry and our achievements in this area show our continued commitment to providing enterprise and government customers with the security solutions that meet their stringent and specific requirements," said Michael Xie, founder and CTO of Fortinet. "We are very happy that our FortiOS 3.0 firmware, in addition to our previously-certified FortiGate solutions, has earned this prestigious and critical certification."

Common Criteria evaluations involve formal rigorous analysis and testing to examine security aspects of a product or system. Extensive testing activities involve a comprehensive and formally repeatable process, confirming that the security product functions as claimed by the manufacturer. Security weaknesses and potential vulnerabilities are specifically examined during an evaluation.

"The EAL 4+ certification demonstrates Fortinet's commitment to Common Criteria testing which benefits Fortinet's worldwide customers," said Erin Connor, director of the EWA-Canada Common Criteria Test Lab. "The Common Criteria certification of Fortinet's FortiOS 3.0 firmware technology is a significant accomplishment because Fortinet has met the rigorous EAL 4+ security standard for multiple FortiGate appliance functionalities."

The Common Criteria for IT Security Evaluations, also known as ISO standard 15408, was developed by the national security organizations of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and The Netherlands. It provides a broad range of evaluation criteria for many types of commercial and nationally-sensitive government-use IT security products. EAL 4+ is the highest mutually recognized certification level.

Fortinet's FortiGate systems are ASIC-accelerated network security platforms designed to deliver a broad suite of integrated security services in real-time including antivirus, firewall, VPN, intrusion detection/prevention, native content filtering, anti-spam and traffic shaping. The FortiGate family of systems spans the full range of network environments - including all-sized businesses from small offices to large enterprises, managed security service providers (MSSPs) and carriers -- and offers cost effective systems for a best in class suite of ICSA-certified applications.

FortiOS 3.0 is the latest version of Fortinet's firmware for its market-leading FortiGate integrated security appliances. FortiOS offers powerful features such as spyware and antivirus protections combined with intrusion detection/prevention (IDP) and stateful firewall capabilities to deliver broad network and content threat protection. The FortiOS 3.0 firmware also includes antivirus heuristic support to help prevent widespread zero-day attacks for previously unknown viruses, new anti-spam capabilities and enhanced Web content filtering through Fortinet's FortiGuard® Web Filtering Subscription Service.
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