Fortinet(R) and SRI Partner for Enhanced Network Security for Industrial Enterprises

Fortinet(R) and SRI Partner for Enhanced Network Security for Industrial 
SUNNYVALE, CA and MENLO PARK, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 12/09/13 -- 
Fortinet(R) (NASDAQ: FTNT) -- a global leader in high-performance
network security -- and SRI International, an independent, non-profit
research and innovation center (, today announced that
they have entered a strategic alliance agreement to collaborate on
research relating to differentiated network security for Supervisory
Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems.  
SCADA systems are specialized computer networks and devices that work
in concert to monitor and control key processes involved in the
management of machinery, equipment, and facilities, particularly in
large enterprises and industrial sector companies, such as nuclear
power plants, electrical distribution stations, water pumping and
waste treatment plants, oil processing facilities, chemical plants
and other critical infrastructure. 
Security for critical infrastructure and SCADA systems is a national
priority, so much so that earlier this year President Obama issued a
Presidential Executive Order on the importance of improving critical
infrastructure cybersecurity (see:
For example, SCADA systems may be used to operate cooling systems
required for critical machinery in large industrial plants and to
initiate emergency shutdowns of nuclear power plants. Security
breaches related to these systems could result in severe physical
damage, disruption and financial loss.  
Fortinet's award-winning FortiGate Network Security Platform delivers
unmatched performance and protection while simplifying the network,
and FortiGates, when combined with Fortinet's FortiGuard security
services, provide defense-in-depth capabilities that "virtually
patch" vulnerable systems to help protect them from security breaches
and help prevent disruption to industrial facilities. Fortinet offers
models for any deployment requirement, from the desktop FortiGate-20
series for small offices and retail networks to the chassis-based
FortiGate-5000 series for large enterprises, service providers, data
centers and carriers. The FortiGate platform leverages FortiOS 5, the
industry's most advanced network security operating system. FortiOS
is a security-hardened, purpose-built operating system that allows
for flexible deployment models within the network such as core
firewall, which provides very high performance firewall with ultra
low latency or edge firewall, which can be used to serve internal or
external communities with varying trust levels using different
firewall personalities, including firewall + VPN, firewall + IPS,
Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW), advanced threat protection and more. 
"Security threats are dynamic and, to be effective, security defenses
have to be dynamic too. We believe that collaborating with Fortinet
can help further the development of scaleable solutions to real-world
security problems involving SCADA networks and systems," said Dr. Ulf
Lindqvist, the SRI Program Director who manages research and
development projects in infrastructure security and leads SRI's
support for the Cyber Security R&D Center of the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security. "We look forward to working together with Fortinet
to help protect our nation's critical infrastructure."  
SRI is a nationally recognized leader in SCADA systems research and
provides technical, managerial, and administrative support for the
Cyber Security Research and Development Center established by the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology
"We are enthusiastic to partner with a world-class research
organization like SRI on this important initiative," said Pete Brant,
Fortinet's VP of Americas Sales. "The expertise of the SRI team
related to industrial security is significant, and the alliance with
SRI is designed to advance the technology in this important area to
better protect SCADA and other critical networks."  
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