Daily Archives: February 7, 2013

Fortinet Launches New Network Security Appliance with Class-Leading Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) Performance and Security


Fortinet®, a world leader in high-performance network security – today announced the newest addition to its next-generation firewall (NGFW) appliance family, the most intelligent and powerful NGFWs on the market. The feature-rich FortiGate®-3600C offers large enterprises and MSSPs the most advanced network security appliance in the industry.

“As advanced, blended threats become the norm, the consolidation of security applications onto multi-function appliances becomes even more important in order to ensure complete visibility into all traffic,” said John Grady, Research Manager at IDC. “However, organizations need to consider platforms that not only provide the necessary security functionality, but also support high performance metrics at a reasonable cost – both upfront and throughout the lifespan of the appliance.”

The FortiGate-3600C runs FortiOS 5, the most powerful network security operating system in the world and includes next-generation firewall capabilities that feature:

–       More control with network, user and device defined policy

–       Integrated security with firewall, IPS, application control and VPN functionality with advanced behavior inspection for improved advanced threat detection

–       Enhanced performance for every customer environment

Thanks to the appliance’s FortiASIC™ custom processors, the new FortiGate-3600C delivers up to 60 Gbps of firewall performance, 28 million concurrent sessions per second, 17 Gbps IPSec VPN and up to 14 Gbps intrusion prevention (IPS) to protect high volume enterprise environments from today’s advanced threats. In addition to its high performance, the FortiGate-3600C is highly scalable and features 12X 10 GbE ports, 16X GbE ports and 2X GbE copper management ports to give enterprise customers maximum deployment flexibility.

Use Cases for the FortiGate-3600C

As a next-generation firewall (NGFW) at the perimeter, the FortiGate-3600C can be deployed as an ultra-low latency firewall for enterprise networks, datacenters, campus and wireless networks. MSSPs or distributed enterprise networks have the option of deploying the FortiGate-3600C with more security services enabled as a unified threat management (UTM) device. The platform is fully integrated with Fortinet’s FortiManager and FortiAnalyzer, providing central policy and reporting.

“Large enterprise customers that require granular visibility into and control over thousands of applications, users and devices operating across their network infrastructure will find the FortiGate-3600C an ideal solution,” said Patrick Bedwell, vice president of products for Fortinet. “While it delivers outstanding next-generation firewall functionality with breakthrough price/performance, this new platform’s versatility is equally impressive when deployed as a multi-threat security platform for large distributed enterprises. Once again, Fortinet is providing our enterprise customers with the highest performing, most versatile network security solutions to meet the constantly evolving threat protection requirements of today’s most demanding environments.”


The FortiGate-3600C is available now.

The FortiGate Performance Advantage Verified by NSS Labs

In addition to today’s FortiGate-3600C product launch, Fortinet announced that NSS Labs has published a comprehensive benchmark test report in which the FortiGate-800C and has earned perfect scores in the categories of overall protection, stability & reliability, firewall enforcement and security effectiveness. In addition, NSS Labs verified the FortiGate-800C is able to sustain 9.7 Gbps throughput without compromising security effectiveness. The full NSS Labs FortiGate-800C report can be found here:

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LTE deployment quicker compared to 3G, says Smart

The deployment of Long Term Evolution (LTE) service for leading wireless services provider Smart Communications is progressing at a much quicker pace compared to when it first rolled out 3G services in 2006 a company official said.

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IBM Brings Big Data and Cloud Computing Capabilities to the Masses

IBM announced that it is accelerating its strategy to make big data and cloud computing a reality for  small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) and emerging markets with newPower Systems and Storage Systems that provide deep insights into big data, simplify data storage in the cloud, and can reduce costs through consolidation.

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A Fresh Start: Setting Chinese New Year’s Resolutions with the Intel Ultrabook

With February 10 fast approaching, new beginnings are upon us once again. While some see the Chinese New Year as a chance to reunite with family and friends, others see it as an opportunity to set new goals for the coming year. Whatever the reason behind their personal celebrations, people look forward to the Chinese New Year with hopes of change, good luck and prosperity.

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Globe warns customers: Don’t interact with fake customer service reps on Twitter

Globe Telecom recently issued a public advisory on Twitter to interact only with its authorized Globe Community Managers.  The warning came after the telco giant uncovered the proliferation of impostor Twitter accounts posing as its customer service representatives that impersonate Globe Community Managers and try to elicit personal data from Globe subscribers or urge them to switch to its rival network.  The fake accounts went up in the popular networking site a few days after Globe made public its new service team to support Talk2Globe, the official Globe service channel on Twitter and Facebook.

“It’s a shameful act that certainly does not have the best interest of the public in mind,” said Peter Bithos, Globe Senior Advisor for Consumer Business. “We would like to assure our customers that Globe has taken the necessary steps to curb this and protect them from fraudsters.  We filed a report to Twitter and have successfully brought down and removed the fake accounts,” added Bithos.

The impostors will pose as Globe online specialists @PeejOfGlobe and @KenOfGlobe, copying the official Globe Twitter handles or layouts, and misleading Globe subscribers into transacting with them through Twitter for customer service requirements.  The fake accounts would even encourage Globe subscribers to avail of rival network services instead.

The impostor @PeejGlobe for example, tweets to Globe subscribers “We suggest to shift to the rival network as they have more stocks than us,” or “hi maybe kulang ka sa dokumento we suggest you try sundroid or iphone 5 (name of other network).”  @KenOfGl0be on the other hand tries to obtain personal information from subscribers through messages like “What is your location so we can refer this issue to our technical teams.”

Impersonating a Twitter account is tantamount to stealing personal information which is a violation of the provisions under Republic Act 10173, otherwise known as the Data Privacy Act of 2012. The law was specifically created to protect the fundamental human right of privacy of communication while ensuring free flow of information to promote innovation and growth.

Bithos said, “Aside from violating an existing Philippine law, this unethical act also goes against the self-regulatory discipline that allowed social media and social networking sites to flourish.  Die-hard Netizens will not tolerate this.”

Despite these attempts to undermine customer assistance in Globe, Bithos was confident this will not have an impact on the company’s growth momentum. “We continue to focus in taking up market share despite a very challenging market.  Particularly for our Postpaid business, our numbers are fantastic – double-digit growth in subscribers year on year.  Globe Postpaid subscribers are now over 1.7 million, increasing 19% as of end 2012. We keep the momentum strong and continue to come up with even better product offerings in true challenger spirit,” Bithos explains.

Globe recently reported record gains in consolidated service revenues with P82.7B as of December 31, 2012, 6% above previous year’s level. Its mobile revenues were placed at P67.2, up 6% YoY while yearend subscriber base was at 33.1 million.

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Typhoon survivors turn debris into works of art

Photo shows Smart Community Partnerships Head Darwin Flores in front of the Banglos Project installation at the Ayala Museum Plaza

At the Ayala Museum Plaza in Makati City sits a sculpture of 500 fish in a net, the product of a collaboration between Australian designers and Quezon-based sculptors who used to fish for a living.

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It’s a great time to be a geek, telco founder tells students

A student of Philippine Science High School (PSHS)–Central Luzon presents his Rubik’s cube solver to [rightmost] Smart chief wireless advisor and Digitel president and CEO Orlando Vea, [from L-R] DOST Usec. Fortunato dela Peña, Rizal Gov. Casimiro Ynares III, and PSHS System executive director Josette Biyo, during the 1s Philippine International Science Fair.

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