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Fortinet provides mobile operators with industry's first unified multi-layered security agent for mobile devices

  • 29 June, 2006 15:00

<p>Sydney, June 29, 2006 – Fortinet, the pioneer and leading provider of multi-threat security solutions, today announced FortiClient Mobile, an integrated security software agent for Microsoft Windows Mobile and Symbian OS-enabled mobile smart phones and PDAs.</p>
<p>Extending the capabilities of Fortinet's FortiClient endpoint security software, FortiClient Mobile allows mobile operators and handset manufacturers to offer subscribers increased security. The software is the first mobile endpoint security solution on the market to integrate full anti-virus, MMS/SMS anti-spam, personal firewall and address book protection and IPSec VPN capabilities to protect mobile subscribers against constantly evolving and sophisticated mobile threats.</p>
<p>FortiClient Mobile secures the growing number of smart phone subscribers that leverage standard operating systems such as Windows Mobile and Symbian. These operating systems provide powerful access to mobile enterprise applications, such as Microsoft Office Mobile, as well as rich 2.5G and 3G value-add services that include messaging, web browsing, VoIP and video.</p>
<p>The stakes are increasing: mobile threats hit mainstream</p>
<p>Both mobile carrier value-add services and mobile applications are vulnerable to an array of security attacks. Doombot, a significant mobile virus attack recognised last year, provided tangible evidence that mobile devices, smart phones and PDAs are fast becoming the new frontier of targeted cyber attacks. Doombot, a Denial of Service (DOS) attack, was developed to infect mobile devices via Web, MMS/SMS and Bluetooth with the intent to increase battery power consumption and prevent handset reboot, thereby disabling subscribers from accessing mobile carrier services and mobile enterprise applications. This not only affected the subscribers' ability to access services and applications, but had a strong impact on mobile operator revenue models as subscriber satisfaction took a dive while call centre traffic reached new heights.</p>
<p>Evolving carrier Market Equals Evolving Security Needs</p>
<p>The evolution from proprietary to standard-based mobile handsets is driven by mobile carriers evolving their service offerings to achieve higher ARPU (Average Revenue per User) as well as the mobile workforce requirement to access enterprise applications on the go. With this mobile handset evolution, mobile carriers are under even more pressure to secure their networks, their investments and the investments of their subscribers. This additional responsibility requires that mobile carriers protect against the following:</p>
<p># Cyber threats that could compromise mobile phone operating systems and potentially lead to high tech support costs, subscriber service downtime and issuance of credit, thus impacting revenue.
# Mobile application viruses that can lead to fraudulent service charges.
# MMS/SMS spam that can lead to phishing scams.
# Vulnerabilities between mobile smart phones to corporate resources, which should require encryption</p>
<p>"Today's sophisticated and criminal oriented blended threats cannot effectively be combated by yesterday's point product security technologies, such as the standalone anti-virus software, that currently resides on millions of mobile phone devices," said Freddy Mangum, vice president of product marketing for Fortinet. "Smart mobile phone devices require a multi-layered and integrated security approach that can fully protect the mobile subscriber."</p>
<p>FortiClient Mobile is available for evaluation on and will be available through key mobile carriers and selected phone set manufacturers. FortiClient Mobile runs on Windows Mobile 5.0 and Symbian OS versions 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 for specified smart phones.</p>
<p>About Fortinet (</p>
<p>Fortinet is the pioneer and leading provider of ASIC-accelerated multi-threat security systems, which are used by enterprises and service providers to increase their security while reducing total operating costs. Fortinet solutions were built from the ground up to integrate multiple levels of security protection -- including firewall, antivirus, intrusion prevention, VPN, spyware prevention and anti-spam -- providing customers a way to protect multiple threats as well as blended threats. Leveraging a custom ASIC and unified interface, Fortinet solutions offer advanced security functionality that scales from remote office to chassis-based solutions with integrated management and reporting. Fortinet solutions have won multiple awards around the world and are the only security products that are certified eight times over by the ICSA (firewall, antivirus, IPSec, SSL, IDS, client antivirus detection, cleaning and anti-spyware). Fortinet is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California.</p>
<p>Media Contact</p>
<p>Yvonne Cheong
(65) 6838 5226</p>

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