SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 29, 2002–
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F-Secure (HEX: FSC), a leading provider of centrally managed security for today’s mobile, wireless enterprise, and CyberGuard (OTC: CYBG), a leading vendor of enterprise and electronic commerce security solutions to Fortune 1000 companies and governments worldwide, today announced that the F-Secure’s anti-virus technology will be integrated with CyberGuard’s family of firewall/VPN appliances.
Products developed under the new partnership will provide networks with unparalleled protection at the gateway, or intended point of entrance, against viruses, worms, Trojans, and other forms of threat that attack enterprises.
By incorporating F-Secure’s Anti-Virus for Firewalls technology into its CVP-compliant solution, CyberGuard is developing what is believed to be the only integrated anti-virus bundle that is sold, certified and supported by one vendor and that incorporates both gateway and firewall protections. The content vectoring protocol (CVP) is a mechanism for integrating anti-virus gateway solutions with firewalls.
“We were looking for an anti-virus solution that was proven, and with off-the-shelf interoperability with CyberGuard’s own technology. Equally important, we required a partner with a reputation for excellent support,” said Pat Wheeler, vice president of business development at CyberGuard. “F-Secure’s technology stands above all the others, and combined with its frequent anti-virus signature updates, the decision was an easy one. We are pleased to be bringing this gateway solution to our customers.”
Increased Internet connectivity has enabled viruses and other malicious code to spread faster than ever before, causing a huge amount of damages and untold costs. “In addition to protecting individual end devices using local anti-virus products, many problems may be avoided if the threats are removed already at the gateway level. This gateway protection is core to our strategy, and personifies CyberGuard’s leading-edge solutions,” said Ilkka Starck, Executive Vice President of North American operations for F-Secure. “We are delighted to be partnering with CyberGuard, it’s a win-win for our companies and our customers.”
F-Secure estimates that 90 percent of computer viruses arrive via email. Additionally, new kinds of complex and destructive viruses, worms and Trojans spread through Web surfing and file downloading. If a virus enters the corporate network, fighting against it can be very costly, difficult and time consuming. Virus infections often cause big financial losses because of network disruptions, decreased productivity, corrupted data and leaks of confidential information. Also, companies’ reputations can be in danger if they spread viruses to business associates.
To minimize the costs and damages stemming from virus infections, scanning should ideally be performed at the perimeter of the corporate network. F-Secure Anti-Virus for Firewalls is a gateway level solution ensuring that viruses, worms and Trojans hidden in Web and file transfers and email attachments do not access or leave the corporate network. If a virus is found while employees transfer and receive files, use email, or even browse the Web, the files can be automatically disinfected before they are allowed to traverse through the firewall.
CyberGuard’s firewall/VPN appliances incorporate multilevel security, which treats each layer of the secure operating system discretely, maintaining complete separation of network traffic from system components. This design removes access to the operating system from would-be hackers, creating a virtually impenetrable firewall environment. In December 2000, CyberGuard’s appliances became the world’s first to earn the Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 4 certification, a rigorous security standard that is recognized by 15 countries around the world.
About CyberGuard Corporation
CyberGuard Corporation, the technology leader in network security, provides enterprise and electronic commerce security solutions to Fortune 1000 companies and governments worldwide. CyberGuard’s high-security, high-performance integrated firewall and VPN appliance products and services protect the integrity of data and applications from unauthorized access. CyberGuard’s appliances are the world’s first to receive the rigorous information technology security certification Common Criteria EAL4, plus the first to enroll in Common Criteria evaluation assurance maintenance. The company has world headquarters in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, regional offices in Europe and Asia, and a worldwide reseller network. More information on CyberGuard Corporation can be found at www.cyberguard.com.
F-Secure Corporation is a leading developer of centrally managed security solutions for the mobile enterprise. The company’s award-winning, integrated anti-virus, file encryption and network security solutions for handhelds, laptops, desktops, servers, mail servers and firewalls provide centralized policy based management of widely dispersed user communities. Founded in 1988, F-Secure is listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange [HEX: FSC]. Corporate headquarters is in Helsinki, Finland with North American main office in San Jose, California. The company maintains offices in Germany, Japan, Sweden and the United Kingdom, and is supported by a network of VARs and Distributors in over 90 countries around the globe.
CyberGuard is a registered trademark of CyberGuard Corporation. All other marks are the property of their respective owners, and are used for identification purposes only.