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Fortinet FortiMail Earns 23rd Consecutive Virus Bulletin Antispam Award
Posted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 01:38:30 PM


Messaging Security Solution Earns Comparative VBSpam Certification Based on High Spam Catch Rate and Low False Positives.

SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 1, 2012 - Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT) - a world leader in high-performance network security – today announced the company’s FortiMail™ messaging security platform has been awarded its 23rd consecutive Virus Bulletin certification in the VBSpam Awards.

Virus Bulletin staff tested FortiMail along with 18 other antispam products from multiple countries for spam catch rates, false positive rates, the ability to accept email sent over IPv6 and the ability to verify DomainKeys Identified Email (DKIM) signatures. For more information on DKIM signatures, please In addition to winning its 23th consecutive award, the report noted that FortiMail had only three false positive out of 84,576 legitimate emails.

“Fortinet’s FortiMail hardware appliance has been active in our lab since the spring of 2009 (the second VBSpam test), and since then the product has never failed to win a VBSpam award. The appliance requires very little maintenance and has always combined good catch rates with low false positive rates,” said Martijn Grooten, anti-spam test director for Virus Bulletin. “The product yet again finds itself with a top-five final score. Performance against phishing emails and newsletters was average, but both the spam catch rate and the false positive rate were above average.”

“Our customers have made it clear that they highly value third party test and measurement results over vendor claims, which makes this Virus Bulletin award win especially meaningful,” said John Maddison, vice president of marketing for Fortinet. “We’re also happy to see FortiMail recognized as one of the top five antispam solutions in the marketplace today.”

The FortiMail messaging security platform delivers proven, powerful messaging security features for any size organization, from small businesses to carriers, services providers and large enterprises. Purpose-built for the most demanding networks, the FortiMail family utilizes Fortinet’s years of experience in helping protect high-volume service provider networks against spam, malware and other message-borne threats.

What sets FortiMail apart from competing email appliance manufacturers are its robust performance, deployment options and its malware detection technology, which is updated by the FortiGuard global threat research team 24/7/365. This is the same, award-winning threat detection technology also found in the FortiClient, FortiGate® and FortiWeb™ product lines.

New Features in FortiMail 5

In March 2013, Fortinet announced the availability of the FortiMail 5 operating system, which delivers three new compelling feature sets to current FortiMail customers with a valid support contract:

  • Groupware functionality: Calendaring and address book capabilities have been added, which enable FortiMail appliances to be deployed as fully functional mail servers with built-in security. The new OS also enables FortiMail appliances to operate in either a transparent and/or gateway mode, either as CPE or in the cloud, to offer customers the greatest deployment flexibility
  • Complete FortiGuard® Category Web Filtering and Content Protection: Designed to protect customers from inappropriate or unwanted Web content, FortiGuard URL Database Categories are based upon Web content viewing suitability. Integrated within FortiMail 5.0, this capability provides real-time updates that enable administrators to apply highly granular policies that filter Web access based on 79 Web content categories and over 100 million rated Websites. Continuous updates are provided via the global FortiGuard distribution network
  • MSSP-specific enhancements: FortiMail appliances running the new FortiMail 5.0 OS deliver a highly scalable, centrally managed, multi-tenant email protection solution for MSSPs seeking value-added secure messaging services that can be deployed quickly with minimal CAPEX and operational costs. The new features also allow greater resource partitioning and protection, which gives MSSPs more detailed analytics to assist in customer billing and resource usage.

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