Fortinet FortiMail Receives VBSpam+ Certification Topping List for Malware Detection

For the eighth consecutive time, Fortinet’s FortiMail spam filtering solution as passed the Virus Bulletin test and has been awarded VBSpam+ Certification. The test confirms that the solution is highly effective at blocking malicious messages and ensuring they are not delivered to end users’ inboxes.

Over the 19 days, 218,231 messages were sent, out of which 209,468 were spam. The remainder consisted of newsletters and legitimate emails. In addition to standard spam emails, 1958 malware samples hidden in email messages.

In the latest round of tests, FortiMail received top marks for blocking malicious messages, stopping 100% from being delivered. FortiMail also received top marks for false positives with no false positives in the latest tests.

FortiMail received an overall score of 99.997%, just short of the full 100% due to 7 false negatives. The solution was one of eight products to be awarded the Spam+ certification. A further six solutions passed the test, and 8 failed to make the grade and were not certified.

Three solutions stood out in the latest round of tests, each missing fewer than ten spam emails, although Fortinet’s email gateway solution was the only product in the test that did not block any legitimate emails. Fortinet FortiMail had the highest overall score in the test out of any solution.

Fortinet notes that email is the number one delivery mechanism for malware and ransomware. An effective email gateway solution is therefore essential if companies want to improve their security posture and ensure malware and ransomware are not installed on their networks.

Fortinet’s email security gateway is fully integrated with the Fortinet Security Fabric, which enables the sharing of threat intelligence between FortiMail and other solutions in its Advance Threat Protection Framework. This approach means the solution is able to block new threats that it has not yet encountered in addition to known threats, helping to prevent financial losses and the loss of sensitive data.

Author: Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson is the Editor-in-Chief of