SUNNYVALE, Calif., 29 Jan. 2008. Fortinet, a provider of unified threat management (UTM) solutions, announced that the U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground has deployed Fortinet's high-end FortiGate-5000 series, FortiWiFi-60B, and FortiAnalyzer to help protect a new wired and wireless outdoor network.
The mission of U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground is to test U.S. and allied biological and chemical defense systems, perform nuclear biological chemical survivable testing of defense material, provide support to chemical and biological weapons conventions, and operate and maintain an installation to support test missions.
Army Dugway Proving Ground (DPG) selected Fortinet appliances to provide security for its new wired and wireless outdoor network. In addition, the need for a single appliance with multiple functionalities was critical due to the limited IT staff at DPG.
For consideration and deployment of the Fortinet systems, DPG worked closely with Secure Network Innovation, a provider of multithreat security systems that enable secure communications.
At the heart of its new security infrastructure solution, DPG deployed Fortinet's FortiGate-5050 carrier-class platform with FortiGate-5001 FA2 and FortiGate-5005 FA2 security blades in high-availability mode for firewall, VPN, antivirus, and intrusion prevention protection. The high-performance of the FortiGate-5000 platform helps provides the bandwidth required to protect DPG's redundant terabyte backbone.
Additionally, 75 FortiWiFi-60B appliances help secure the new DPG outdoor wireless network, which spans more than 40 kilometers of desert terrain. These systems are being used for IPSec VPN, firewall, antivirus, and intrusion prevention.
To easily analyze its Fortinet network security deployment, DPG deployed Fortinet's FortiAnalyzer-2000A to help provide centralized network security logging, analysis and reporting on all the FortiGate appliances.
"The deployment of the FortiGate-5000 has allowed us to meet the stringent standards of the Federal government while also ensuring that DPG's network is secure from malicious threats that could affect network performance and, as a result, defense operations," says Brent Martinez, president of Secure Network Innovation.
Fortinet's FortiGate-5000 series of modular, chassis-based multithreat security systems are the industry's first security solutions to comply with the Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA) standard for next-generation carrier-grade communications equipment. Mobile operators, telecommunication carriers, service providers and large enterprise customers can configure FortiGate-5000 series systems in a variety of ways to offer unmatched performance, reliability, scalability, and security.
All FortiGate systems protect DPG's network 24x7 and are kept up to date automatically by Fortinet's FortiGuard Network, which helps ensure protection against the most damaging, content-based threats from email and Web traffic such as viruses, worms, intrusions, and other unwanted network traffic.
"Fortinet's FortiGate-5000 series systems are designed to have the capacity and speed to provide protection for the core of the largest networks -- including high-traffic, high-bandwidth networks like Army Dugway," says Jeff Lake, vice president of Federal operations at Fortinet. "Fortinet is developing a strong partnership with the Army and other warfighter components so we're extremely pleased to be selected for this mission critical application."