Fortinet Inc, a maker of ASIC-based anti-virus firewalls set up by two founders of NetScreen Technologies Inc, claims to have added more than 50 new features and enhancements to its FortiGate range of network-based anti-virus firewall appliances.
Fortinet’s firewall scans applications like email, web and FTP traffic to stop threats at the network edge in near real time. The in-built proprietary FortiASIC chip is designed to provide high-speed firewalling, processing packets up to six times faster than software-based systems.
Version 2.8 of the base FortiOS includes IPv6 support, virtual domains for high-end systems, and provides a real-time link into an extensive URL database maintained by Draper, Utah-based software developer Cerberian Inc to provide content filtering of web sites. The latest format is also said to improve the quality of email filtering and builds on more extensive messaging filters for detecting spam, such as reverse DNS lookup, subject line checking, and checking in real-time against databases of known spammers.
The Santa Clara, California-based vendor is following a market trend among security appliance vendors to build more features into a single platform. It targets its seven models at telecommuters and small offices/home offices, small and medium-sized businesses, enterprises, and service providers.
This article is based on material originally produced by ComputerWire.