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Griffith University selects Fortinet’s Unified Threat Management solutions to secure large wireless network

  • 23 May, 2005 10:02

<p>BRISBANE, May 23 , 2005. Fortinet – the confirmed market leader in Unified Threat Management and only provider of ASIC-accelerated, network-based antivirus firewall systems for real-time network protection – today announced that Griffith University, a multi-campus, university in southern Queensland, has selected multiple enterprise-class Fortinet FortiGate™ solutions to secure a wireless access network for 35,000 staff and students across four campuses.</p>
<p>The technology was supplied by, and is supported by, Brisbane-based reseller Evercom Networks (</p>
<p>Since its foundation in 1975, Griffith University has expanded rapidly and acquired an enviable national and international reputation, specialising in Australian Environmental Studies, Humanities, Modern Asian Studies and Science.</p>
<p>To support the education and research activities of its staff and students, the university required Internet bandwidth to rank among the best in Australia, and a comprehensive, exceptionally high-speed security solution. It needed a strategic approach to secure an ever expanding perimeter to protect against threats introduced into the network by end users at wireless networks.</p>
<p>Seeking the optimum solution, the University’s Network and Communications Services (NCS) team extensively trialled offerings from four leading vendors in a laboratory environment simulating real world performance and threat conditions. The performance, flexibility and comprehensiveness of Fortinet’s integrated FortiGate systems won the university over.</p>
<p>“As the network perimeter fades, email scanning alone is no longer sufficient. Antivirus needs to be complemented to deal with spyware, adware and zero-day intrusions, to protect central systems and individual users’ PCs,” said NCS Network Infrastructure Manager, Bruce Scott.</p>
<p>“The Fortinet technology scales extremely well and we liked the generous bandwidth it permitted, which gives us the high speed data rates we need at the perimeter. Some of the other solutions we evaluated could not match FortiGate’s antivirus and grayware/ spyware features. Another benefit is that peer-to-peer traffic can be identified and tagged to limit bandwidth if we require that in future. This may be necessary considering the exponential growth of this traffic type.”</p>
<p>Scott added: “Fortinet reseller partner Evercom Networks, contributed to the implementation’s success by providing excellent references and superior support options that made it easy to integrate new solutions. Evercom’s background in carrier networks and understanding of the mission critical nature of our extensive data network, allowed them to address the issues of scale that it presents.”</p>
<p>At its network gateway, the University is implementing two carrier-class FortiGate-3600 systems in high availability mode, providing over 1Gbps full duplex performance. To secure its two wireless zones, the University is deploying FortiGate-800 enterprise-class systems in two high availability clusters.</p>
<p>Fortinet solutions provide complete content security to protect against the growing virulence of content-based threats at the network’s edge, while delivering the highest possible performance. The FortiGate-3600 and FortiGate-800 systems deliver antivirus, firewall, VPN, content filtering, intrusion detection/ prevention, anti-spam and traffic shaping on a single, easy to manage and cost-effective unified threat management system. The ASIC-accelerated FortiGate systems are able to scan Internet traffic in real time, which includes Web browsing in addition to email and file transfers, giving customers total protection from today’s rapidly evolving content-based threats. FortiGate platforms are kept up-to-date automatically through Fortinet’s FortiProtect™ Network, which delivers continuous and automatic “push” updates that ensure protection against the latest viruses, worms, Trojans, and other threats ­ around the clock, and around the world.</p>
<p>Jens Andreassen, Fortinet’s vice-president of worldwide sales, said: “Fortinet’s FortiGate systems offer compelling advantages for organisations of all types and sizes, but universities can especially benefit from the affordability, comprehensiveness and ease of management they provide. Griffith University, with its international reputation and science capabilities, represents an important endorsement for our solutions.”</p>
<p>About Griffith University (
Opened in 1975 to the south of Brisbane, Griffith University specializes in Australian Environmental Studies, Humanities, Modern Asian Studies and Science. Serving a demographic area comprising the Brisbane-Gold Coast corridor, the University opened a new $38 million campus at Logan City in the late 90s. Today it has 35,000 staff and students across four campuses. Over the years Griffith University has demonstrated a capacity to innovate continually while adapting to change, and acquired an enviable national and international reputation.</p>
<p>About Fortinet (
Fortinet is the confirmed leader of the Unified Threat Management market. The company's award-winning FortiGate™ series of ASIC-accelerated antivirus firewalls, winner of the 2003 Networking Industry Awards Firewall Product of the Year and the 2004 Security Product of the Year Award from Network Computing Magazine, 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. FortiGate systems are the only security products that are quadruple-certified by the ICSA (antivirus, firewall, IPSec, NIDS), and deliver a full range of network-level and application-level services in integrated, easily managed platforms. Named to the Red Herring Top 100 Private Companies, Fortinet is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California.</p>
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<p>Steve Terry
Evercom Networks
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