Fortinet has introduced the first in a family of security appliances dedicated to database vulnerability assessment.


The FortiDB-1000B appliance is a mid-enterprise product designed to “harden” databases by detecting weaknesses in passwords, access privileges and configuration settings.


By identifying weaknesses in databases that can be open for exploitation, the FortiDB appliance helps to prevent the theft of proprietary and personal data by what might appear to be legitimate users. FortiDB works by identifying the weakness, alerting system administrators of potential threats, and offering remediation advice.


It supports heterogeneous environments including Oracle, DB2, Sybase and SQL Server, with each appliance supporting up to 30 concurrent databases. Fortinet is also planning low- and high-end versions of the FortiDB product line later in 2008 and 2009, which will be able to support database instances of 10 and 60, respectively.


Charles Kolodgy, research director at IDC, said: “Much of the world's personal and proprietary electronic data is held in the databases of corporations and businesses, with most of it having an intrinsic monetary value in the criminal underworld.


“So, database security tools, like Fortinet's FortiDB-1000B appliance, are no longer optional. Instead, they are a necessary component to help protect personal information that organizations are obligated to secure.”


Anthony James, vice president of products at Fortinet, said: “Fortinet's introduction of the FortiDB appliance family is a key step in fulfilling our long-term growth strategy to broaden and deepen our portfolio of enterprise network and application security products.


“The FortiDB product line enables Fortinet to help secure deeper layers of the network – up to and including the application layer – and brings a much-needed product to market to help address one of the most critical security issues today - protection of consumer and corporate data.”