Fortinet unveils 'fastest' firewalls, warns of new mobile cyber threats

Network security provider and worldwide leader of unified threat management solutions, Fortinet has launched in India, what are claimed to be the Industry’s fastest enterprise-class firewall and intrusion prevention systems. The new FortiGate-3950B appliance delivers up to 120 Gbps of low-latency firewall inspection performance to help secure the most demanding enterprise environments, including high-speed data centers and network perimeters.

Also announced, is the FortiGate-3951B appliance, which incorporates internal storage and can scale up to 100 Gbps of firewall performance.

With these products, security graduates from simple firewall “permit/block” functionality to ultra high-performance threat identification and prevention, with the added benefit of policy enforcement down to the application level, says Fortinet. This is made possible through the integration of security technologies into the firewall that threats within “trusted” communications.

Speaking to IndiaTechOnline, Vishak Raman, Fortinet’s Regional Director for India and SAARC, said the company was cooperating closely with the Indian Computer  Emergency Response Team (CERT) in an environment where 535 Indian sites were victims of defacement in one month – March 2010—alone and where 225 India-based proxy servers left themselves open and vulnerable ( in Feb 2010).

Cyber crime landscape in India

Raman added that cybersecurity trends seems to suggest that the Next Wave would be along three lines:

- Growing threat to national security from Web espionage

- Increasing threat to online services affecting individuals and industry

- Emergence of a sophisticated market for software flaws that can be used to carry out espionage and attacks on government and critical information infrastructure.

New mobile threat loomsWith 3G roll out imminent, the return of dialler botnets – that is ‘herders’ offering to have bots ( or robot malware) make unauthorised ring tone and other downloads to phones without their owners’ knowledge – is a real possibility, Raman warns. At $ 2 ringtone, this is a million dollar business, he says. May 24 2010