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Woking, Surrey, 25th February, 2003 - US company Fortinet and value added distributor Wick Hill are partnering to distribute a new generation of ASIC-based, multi-function anti-virus firewalls in the UK market.

The FortiGate(tm) solution combines an ASIC-accelerated content processing engine for firewall and VPN anti-virus scanning of email and Web traffic, with content filtering, intrusion detection and traffic shaping - all in one dedicated hardware system.

Because they are ASIC-based, FortiGate anti-virus firewalls provide very high performance at a very reasonable cost and are suitable for a wide range of companies, from SMEs to large corporates. The multi-functionality means that FortiGate systems are easier, less time consuming and less costly to install and maintain than separate products.

Ian Kilpatrick, chairman of Wick Hill Group, commented: "These devices are ideal for organisations from SME to enterprise who want to centralise their management and security environment."

Jens Andreassen, Fortinet's managing director for EMEA, added: "We're pleased to team up with Wick Hill to jointly attack the UK anti-virus firewall market. We believe this market will rapidly migrate from security software to hardware-based solutions that leverage the sophisticated anti-virus scanning performance and automatic, instantaneous update abilities of the Fortinet technology platform."

Product details:

FortiGate products employ Fortinet's Accelerated Behavior and Content Analysis System (ABACAS(tm)) technology, which takes advantage of breakthroughs in chip design, networking, security and content analysis. The unique, ASIC-based
architecture analyses content and behaviour in real time, enabling key applications to be deployed right at the network edge, where they are most effective at protecting enterprise networks. The FortiGate series complements existing solutions, such as host-based anti-virus protection, and also enables new applications and services while greatly lowering costs for equipment, administration and maintenance.

Price and Availability

FortiGate appliances are available through Wick Hill accredited resellers and prices start from around GBP600 to over GBP16,000 SRP.

About Wick Hill

Wick Hill is a leading international value added distributor of secure infrastructure solutions for ebusiness. Users of products sourced through Wick Hill include most of the Times Top 1000 companies in addition to many non-commercial organisations and government departments. Based in Guildford, Surrey, the company has been established for over 25 years and has delivered IT solutions to more than a million users world-wide through its channel partners.

About Fortinet

Fortinet's award-winning FortiGate series of ASIC-accelerated anti-virus firewalls are the new generation of real-time network protection systems. They detect and eliminate the most damaging, content-based threats from email and Web traffic such as viruses, worms, intrusions, inappropriate Web content and more in real time - without degrading network performance. The FortiGate systems deliver a full range of network-level services - firewall, VPN, intrusion detection and traffic shaping - as well as application level services such as anti-virus and content filtering, in dedicated, easily managed platforms. Fortinet is privately held and based in Santa Clara, California.


For further press information and pics of FortiGate appliance, contact Annabelle Brown on 0191 252 8548, email For reader queries contact Wick Hill on 01483 227 600, email, web

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