SRI International Licenses EMERALD Network Intrusion Detection Patents to Fortinet

Dec 17, 2013, 12:48 ET from SRI International

MENLO PARK, Calif., Dec. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SRI International and Fortinet® — a global leader in high-performance network security — announced today that they have entered into a license agreement under which SRI will non-exclusively license to Fortinet SRI's "EMERALD" network intrusion detection patents. The patents relate to sophisticated network security technology originally developed by SRI for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in the late 1990s. The financial terms of the license are confidential.

"SRI is gratified that an industry-leading security firm such as Fortinet has chosen to license the EMERALD technology," said William Mark, vice president of SRI's Information and Computing Sciences Division. "As a nonprofit research institute, SRI's public benefit mission, as well as its long-term financial security, depend on its ability to transition technologies to the marketplace. The current license to Fortinet further demonstrates the importance of SRI's network intrusion detection architecture to the world's leading computer security firms."

"Fortinet is a leading security innovator, laser focused on making the best security products and services, and we have great respect for the work that has been done by our nearby neighbor SRI in the field of network security," said Peter Brant, Fortinet's vice president of Americas Sales.  "We look forward to collaborating with SRI to continue to innovate network security going forward."

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About Fortinet
Fortinet helps protect networks, users and data from continually evolving threats. As a global leader in high-performance network security, we enable businesses and governments to consolidate and integrate stand-alone technologies without suffering performance penalties. Unlike costly, inflexible and low-performance alternatives, Fortinet solutions empower customers to embrace new technologies and business opportunities while protecting essential systems and content. Learn more at

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