CNN Money on Fortinet signing a collaborative research and development agreement with DHS:

Fortinet, the global leader in high-performance cyber security solutions, today announced that it has signed a Collaborative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). With the CRADA in place, Fortinet can now share and gain access to new threat information in order to help improve threat detection and prevention for users of Fortinet security solutions.

The CRADA will allow Fortinet to participate in the Cyber Information and Sharing and Collaboration Program (CISCP), which entails sharing cyber threat, incident, and vulnerability information in near real-time, drawing on data of observed threat activity submitted by CISCP participants.

Fortinet is an interesting choice for DHS because they really are not a true, pure play security company. They peddle high-capacity networking equipment with just enough security capabilities so it appears they are in the cyber security business. However, their entire business model is predicated on their low prices and ability to undercut the competition, not their security prowess.

Their selection makes me wonder how exactly the statement of work was worded and what attracted DHS to Fortinet.

Disclaimer: I work for Intel Security, a Fortinet competitor.