Fortinet Security Honored with Technology Leadership Awards

By David Delony

Frost & Sullivan has given Fortinet two awards: the 2014 Global Cyber Threat Analysis and Reporting Enabling Technology Leadership Award, and a Market Leadership Award for the Managed Security Service Provider Market.

"Fortinet has done a tremendous job in elevating its threat research capabilities, as well as leveraging their threat intelligence into solutions for their enterprise customers and MSSP partners," said Frank Dickson, industry principal at Frost & Sullivan. "Both of these awards demonstrate Fortinet's leadership, innovation and ability to provide best practices that benefit all users, ranging from midsize businesses to global service providers."

The research firm cited Fortinet’s advanced security threat research. The company employs 200 analysts, engineers and forensic specialists at its FortiGuard Labs. They discovered 18 critical zero-day vulnerabilities last year, which means the researchers discovered them before attackers could use the vulnerabilities to do major damage. The company also discovered more than 140 smaller zero-day vulnerabilities.

Services like these are important to Managed Service Providers because they run a complex collection of hardware and software. Small errors can cause big problems, such as the recent Heartbleed and Shellshock bugs that affected SSL and the Bash shell, respectively. Frost & Sullivan said the company had a dominated position with MSPs with its FortiGate firewalls and Unified Threat Management devices.

Fortinet claims that it thwarts 15,000 malware programs, 55,000 spam emails, 600,000 network intrusion attempts, 94,000 botnets, and 150,000 malicious website each minute.

The company is obviously happy with the recognition.

"We are pleased to receive this best practices award from Frost & Sullivan, which reflects the success story our world class threat research team has forged for well over a decade on the front lines of cyber security," Derek Manky, global security strategist for FortiGuard Labs, said. "Our dedicated research benefits not only all Fortinet customers through 24x7 advanced threat protection, but the industry as a whole as we strategically fight cyber crime."

Edited by Maurice Nagle

Contributing Writer

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