F-Secure strengthens its handheld security leadership

At the ongoing CeBIT 2002 exhibition in Hannover, Germany, F-Secure Corporation (HEX: FSC) further strengthened its leadership in handheld data security by announcing new cooperation agreements with the leading global mobile device manufacturers.

F-Secure and Fujitsu Siemens Computers have signed a software license and distribution agreement to provide data protection for the new Pocket LOOX 600 handhelds. With Compaq Computer, F-Secure introduced the next generation of Pocket PC content encryption products. F-Secure also starts cooperation with Hewlett-Packard to enhance the security of HP Jornada Pocket PC devices. In addition, F-Secure announced F-Secure Key Manager, an advanced management tool for administrators who need to manage F-Secure content encryption products in corporate environments.

In 2001 F-Secure announced that it has signed a software license and distribution agreement with Compaq Computer Corporation to provide data protection for the new Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC H3800 Series handheld PC. Compaq is distributing F-Secure FileCrypto for Pocket PC Personal Edition content encryption product as part of the standard package on all Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC H3800 models. Earlier in 2001 F-Secure signed a license agreement with Nokia. The scope of the agreement is to provide content security applications and service updates for devices using Symbian operating system.

The fast growth of the number of mobile devices in business use affects the basic corporate security requirements in two fundamental ways. Firstly, the information moves when the workforce moves. Creating, storing, carrying and transmitting confidential data has never been easier. This puts the emphasis in mobile security on protecting the device and the information it contains. Secondly, the management of the mobile IT fleet becomes more demanding. Secure deployment of mobile device requires security applications on every device. These applications need to be managed and updated automatically to avoid the risk of human error.

Today’s workplace is no longer the corporate local area network – it is wherever the employees move and wherever the corporate information is handled. It is an exciting change in the way we do business, but it also makes protecting corporate data more challenging than ever. This shift towards mobilility is probably the biggest change we have seen in the history of corporate security.

About F-Secure Corporation

F-Secure Corporation is a leading provider of centrally managed security for the mobile enterprise. The company offers a full range of award-winning, integrated anti-virus, file encryption and network security solutions for handhelds, laptops, desktops, servers, mail servers and firewalls. Founded in 1988, F-Secure Corporation is listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange [HEX: FSC]. The company is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, with North American head office in San Jose, California, as well as offices worldwide.

F-Secure is the world leader in content security solutions for handheld devices. For more information about protecting your handheld terminals with F-Secure handheld security solutions, please visit http://www.F-Secure.com/wireless.

Come and visit us at CeBIT in Hall 6, E42 (F-Secure) and Hall 1, 4h2 (Compaq Computer): Go Mobile, Stay Secure.

Don't miss