Fortinet earns top marks in independent comparison of Anti-Spam solutions


FortiMail has again been awarded the VBSpam+ Certification with a 99.99% spam catch rate and zero false positives

Michael Xie, founder, president and chief technology officer, Fortinet
“Email continues to be a primary source for malware, data loss, and other enterprise attacks. As this latest round of testing continues to show, Fortinet’s FortiMail secure email gateway solution delivers world-class enterprise email protection. But beyond that, it is also designed to operate as a critical part of our tightly integrated Fortinet Security Fabric that shares threat intelligence to deliver coordinated responses to attacks anywhere across the distributed enterprise network.”

News Summary:
Fortinet_LogoTag_BlackRed_SmFortinet has announced another VBSpam+ certification in Virus Bulletin’s latest VBSpam comparative review. This marks FortiMail’s fifth consecutive 99.9+ final score with a 99.99% spam catch rate and no false positives.

Fortinet’s Secure Email Gateway, FortiMail, is integrated within Fortinet’s Security Fabric which enables the sharing of both global and local threat intelligence between FortiMail and other advanced security devices including FortiSandbox. This unique approach can stop both existing and previously unseen threats the very first time they reach an organisation or employee, preventing the loss of sensitive and confidential information.

  • The VBSpam test consisted of 187,720 emails. Of these, 94.5% were spam, with the rest comprised of legitimate emails and newsletters.
  • Fortinet’s FortiMail Secure Email Gateway solution received a top score of 99.5%, blocking 99.99% of spam and a false positive rate of 0.0%.
  • This was the 41st time in a row that Fortinet has participated in the VBSpam test, with the FortiMail Secure Email Gateway appliance being awarded VBSpam Verified or VBSpam+ certification each time.
  • Email continues to be one of the primary sources for introducing malware into a network environment, and for the loss of critical and sensitive data. Email security appliances need to provide bidirectional inspection filtering without blocking access to legitimate email communications.

The first line of defense against email-based attacks
Email continues to be the primary form of corporate communication, as well as the leading source for malware, phishing attacks, spam and the loss of critical business and customer data. As a result, secure email gateways and filtering solutions are critical lines of defense for corporate infrastructures; working ahead of other defences, as well as detection and response systems, to analyse and block email before it is delivered to employees or customers.

Fortinet is committed to third-party validation and testing to assure customers of the efficacy and innovation of their security offerings. Fortinet’s FortiMail solution has been part of every VBSpam validation since its inception by Virus Bulletin. Details of this testing reveal that Fortinet’s secure email gateway technology has consistently been certified and validated to provide the highest levels of spam detection and filtering with zero false positives.

A platform of certified security effectiveness
The results of this testing highlight the effectiveness of just one of the many layers of advanced security features that comprise Fortinet’s integrated platform of independently tested and certified security solutions. Fortinet’s FortiMail email security solution is just the latest component to receive Virus Bulletin certification for security effectiveness. It has a perfect record of certification in every Virus Bulletin VBSpam test since its inception, earning a total of 41 SPAM or SPAM+ certifications between 2009 and today. FortiGuard Web Filtering service, received VBWeb’s very first web filtering certification. And Fortinet’s FortiClient endpoint protection has also consistently received dozens of VB100 antivirus certifications dating back to 2005, posting strong scores in proactive zero-day detection tests, and earning certification in all four VB100 tests in 2015.

Protecting today’s evolving digital business networks against the rapidly evolving threat landscape requires an integrated security approach. The FortiMail Secure Email Gateway is designed to work in tandem with FortiClient endpoint security, the FortiGate Enterprise Firewall, FortiWeb Web Application Firewall, FortiSandbox Advanced Threat Detection, and other components of the Fortinet Security Fabric for automated prevention of the very latest threats. These solutions share FortiGuard Lab’s leading global threat intelligence in near real-time, and supplement that with the dynamic local intelligence of FortiSandbox to provide consistent protection against attacks.

When integrated, these technologies form the foundation for the recently announced Fortinet Security Fabric. This architectural approach allows devices to share threat intelligence, management, and orchestration, and to intelligently collaborate to respond to threats located anywhere across the distributed network. And it is based on open standards for enhanced interoperability with existing and future security investments.

Additional Information
Website: FortiMail Email Security, Fortinet Advanced Threat Protection
Blogs: Protecting Email is Essential to Your Security Strategy

About Fortinet
Fortinet protects the most valuable assets of some of the largest enterprise, service provider and government organizations across the globe. The company’s fast, secure and global cyber security solutions provide broad, high-performance protection against dynamic security threats while simplifying the IT infrastructure. They are strengthened by the industry’s highest level of threat research, intelligence and analytics. Unlike pure-play network security providers, Fortinet can solve organizations’ most important security challenges, whether in networked, application or mobile environments – be it virtualized/cloud or physical. More than 270,000 customers worldwide, including some of the largest and most complex organizations, trust Fortinet to protect their brands. Learn more at, the Fortinet Blog or FortiGuard Labs.