Collaboration Brings Increased Protection Against Viruses, Hacking, other Security Threats
ESPOO, Finland, Febuary 13, 2001 F-Secure Online Solutions (F-SOS), a leading provider of centrally managed security services, and Elisa Communications today announced the first bundled personal anti-virus and personal firewall services for ADSL users in Finland.
The companies have entered into an agreement whereby F-SOS is the premier Security Service partner for Elisa Communications. The first result of the partnership is the launch of Personal Anti-Virus and Personal Firewall Services for Elisa Communications’ ADSL customers.
Offering automated security services enables end users to receive Anti-Virus signature updates and Personal Firewall software updates transparently when connecting to the Internet. This automated and frequent update mechanism increases protection against viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and malicious attacks.
Scheduled for availability in March 2001, the new services will be delivered through automated distribution technology for provisioning of installation and software updates, coupled with F-SOS support services. Service Providers and their customers are expected to be the first to take advantage of F-SOS’s security services.
F-Secure Online Solutions is a wholly-owned subsidiary of F-Secure Corporation. Established in 2000, F-SOS recognizes the growing need of customers, both consumer and corporate, to outsource their security requirements to a managed security service partner.
Elisa Communications is a leading telecommunications service provider in Finland and has operations in Germany and the Baltic region. Elisa is the market leader in providing connections for high-speed data transmission in Finland.
” Early feedback from end users and Service Providers confirms significant market demand for automated Anti-Virus and Personal Firewall services. We are pleased to partner with Elisa Communications to offer industry leading up-to-date security solutions to their customers” says Kimmo Alkio, CEO of F-Secure Online Solutions.
Juha Malmberg, Senior Vice President of Elisa Communications says “our customers are demanding high speed internet connectivity with the highest level of security. Partnering with F-Secure Online Solutions enables us to serve our customers better, while initiating incremental business opportunity for Elisa. F-SOS is an innovative partner with in-depth expertise – an excellent choice as our managed security services partner”.
About Elisa Communications
Elisa Communications transmits experiences irrespective of time and place. It is a leading communications service provider in Finland. The group offers wireless voice, data and internet services. Network communication competence and internet services range from e-mail to e-business. In Finland, Elisa Communications operates on a local and nationwide basis. It is the market leader in providing connections for high-speed data transmission. In its international activities the group focuses on the Baltic rim. Hitherto, the emphasis has been on Germany and the Baltics. In the areas of selected top know-how the group’s business is global. The group 2000 estimated net sales amounted to 1,27 billion euros and the group employs almost 6,500 people.
The principle group companies are Elisa Communications Corporation, Oy Radiolinja Ab Group, Kolumbus Oy, M?Â¤kitorppa Yhti?Â¶t Oy, Oy Datatie Ab, Direktia Oy, Oy Heltel Ab, Comptel Plc, FinnetCom Oy, EPStar Oy and Elisa Kommunikation GmbH.
About F-Secure Online Solutions (F-SOS)
F-Secure Online Solution is a premier provider of managed security solutions through service providers. The company offers managed services for anti-virus, file encryption, distributed firewall and VPN solutions. F-SOS utilises technology from F-Secure Corporation as well as products from other leading security companies in its solutions portfolio to fill the knowledge gap between demanding customer environments and service providers, enabling much faster rollout and time-to-market for new security services. F-SOS utilises its Security Online Centre concept to deliver highly available and reliable security solutions. F-SOS was established in 2000 and holds its head office in Helsinki, Finland and is owned by F-Secure Corporation [HEX:FSC].