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Fortinet Expands Database Vulnerability Assessment with Support for Sun Microsystems' MySQL Enterprise

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - June 24, 2009 - Fortinet® - a market-leading network security provider and worldwide leader of unified threat management (UTM) solutions today announced its FortiDB™ family of database security appliances now provides vulnerability assessment (VA) support for MySQL Enterprise™ from Sun Microsystems. Certification with MySQL Enterprise assures customers that FortiDB appliances have gone through the proper testing requirements for these complex database environments and further extends Fortinets solution to detect and safeguard against todays enterprise data concerns that cross over deeply into open source applications. FortiDB works by identifying the weakness within a database, alerting system administrators of potential threats and offering remediation advice.

MySQL™ is the worlds most popular open source database because of its fast performance, high reliability, ease-of-use and dramatic cost savings. MySQL reduces the total cost of ownership for customers by lowering hardware expenditures and reducing administration, engineering and support costs. Through the MySQL Enterprise Connection Alliance (MECA) partner program, Fortinet extends its database protection for MySQL Enterprises growing subscriber base and provides a stronger line of security support with the FortiDB appliance for vulnerability assessment. With this latest certification, FortiDB now supports heterogeneous environments within MySQL Enterprise, in addition to Oracle, DB2, Sybase and SQL Server.

ÏAs MySQL customers grow and evolve their database management practices, the need for security becomes more important, said Nicolas Pujol, head of MySQL Alliances & Channels, Sun Microsystems. ÏFortinet is a great option for MySQL Enterprise subscribers looking to secure complex heterogeneous database environments from operational and reputational damage that can be inflicted on an improperly protected enterprise.

FortiDB vulnerability assessment solutions provide an automated, cost-effective and centralized solution for database application security, with evaluation and remediation advice for common compliance requirements integrated into the appliance. By identifying weaknesses in databases that can be open for exploitation, the FortiDB family of appliances helps to prevent the theft of proprietary and personal data by hackers that may appear to be legitimate users.

ÏWith growing concerns over the protection of consumer and corporate data combined with the heightened focus on compliance regulations, such as those highlighted by the Payment Credit Card Industry, more and more customers are looking for ways to better protect their databases, said Anthony James, vice president of products, Fortinet. ÏWere pleased to be certified for MySQL Enterprise so that DBAs in these environments can confidently secure important data in their database and do so cost effectively with Fortinet.

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Fortinet is a leading provider of network security appliances and the market leader in Unified Threat Management or UTM. Fortinet solutions were built from the ground up to integrate multiple levels of security protection -- including firewall, VPN, antivirus, intrusion prevention, Web content filtering, spyware prevention and antispam -- designed to help customers protect against network and content level 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 in five programs by ICSA Labs: Firewall, Antivirus, IPSec VPN, Network IPS and Antispam. Fortinet is based in Sunnyvale, California.

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