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Fortinet Wins Significant Deals in North Africa and DOM-TOM with Distribution Partner Telio

Major Government, Telecommunication Carrier, Banking, Healthcare and Recreation Customers Adopt Fortinet's FortiGate™ Network Security Platforms

SUNNYVALE, Calif., February 22, 2005 - Fortinet - the confirmed market leader in Unified Threat Management (UTM) and only provider of ASIC-accelerated, network-based antivirus firewall systems for real-time network protection -today announced its collaboration with leading Information Technology (IT) distributor Telio has enabled the company to rapidly increase its presence in the North African and French overseas departments and territories (DOM- TOM) markets and win significant deals with dozens of major customers in the region, including:

  • Algérie Télécom,
  • La Banque d´Algérie,
  • The Tunisian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific esearch
  • The Tunisian Post Office,
  • The Moroccan Department of Social Security
  • Arobase Telecom on the Ivory Coast
  • The State of Burkina Fasso
  • Comptoir Français d´Afrique et d´Outre-mer (CFAO)
  • TELECEL Benin
  • The Conseil Général de la Guyanne
  • Eurapharma and the central hospitals in Martinique and Guadaloupe
  • The World Handball Championships in Tunisia

Kaïs Ouerfelli, President and CEO Telio said: "Over the last few months we have seen demand for the best in class security applications of Fortinet systems increase constantly in the region. Companies here want to limit operational expenses and demand a reliable, easy to manage and high performance system that virtually eliminates network downtime."

Unified Threat Management for Combating Attacks
Both enterprises and service providers throughout North Africa and the DOM-TOM regions face similar network and content security issues as businesses around the world - threats that are increasing in sophistication, number, virulence and speed of propagation. Combating these threats requires a unified threat management approach which tightly integrates critical security functions on a single hardware platform.

Fortinet addresses this problem with its flagship FortiGate family of integrated network security platforms. With a range of systems to meet the needs of customers of all sizes, from small businesses to enterprises to MSSPs, FortiGate systems deliver real-time complete content protection through the integration of a broad range of security functions -- including antivirus, firewall, virtual private networking (VPN), intrusion detection and prevention, content filtering, traffic shaping, and anti-spam. All of Fortinet's FortiGate systems are ICSA-certified in four distinct applications areas, offer easy to manage and provide cost-effective network-level and content-level protection at the network edge. FortiGate systems are kept up to date automatically through Fortinet's family of FortiGuard™ subscription updates, which ensure 24x7 protection against the latest viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware and other threats.

"Major customers throughout North Africa and DOM-TOM - and around the world - are increasingly adopting Fortinet's FortiGate family of systems as a result of recognizing the superior security, performance and value they provide," said Andre Stewart, Fortinet's vice president, EMEA. "We are very pleased with the success we've had with Telio, an established distributor in these regions, and believe they are well poised to continue to take our products out to the market through a highly developed network of value added resellers and systems integrators."

Telio distributes Fortinet's family of market-leading high-performance integrated network security appliances in French-speaking North Africa and French overseas departments and territories (DOM- TOM), including Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, The Ivory Coast, Burkina Fasso, Guiana, Martinique and Guadeloupe. The company works with high profile resellers and Systems Integrators like Unisys, IBM GS, CFAO, Bull, Netcom, Alcatel, and Dimension Data.

About Fortinet (

Fortinet is the confirmed leader of Unified Threat Management market. The company's award-winning FortiGate™ series of ASIC-accelerated multi-threat security systems, winner of the 2004 Security Product of the Year Award from Network Computing Magazine and the 2003 Networking Industry Awards Firewall Product of the Year, 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. Fortinet's solutions are the only security products that are certified seven times over by the ICSA (firewall, antivirus, IPSec, SSL, IDS, client antivirus detection and cleaning), and deliver a full range of network-level and application-level services in integrated, easily managed platforms. Named a Light Reading Top 10 Private Company and #4 on Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal's "Fast 50" list, Fortinet is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California.



Working with Fortinet, Verizon Business is giving customers an all-in-one solution that eases the burden associated with managing the complex security risks of the extended enterprise. In our pursuit to provide customers with excellent technologies to meet their specific needs, we are pleased to include Fortinet in our line-up for unified threat management.

Kerry Bailey
Vice President
Verizon Business Security Solutions