Handheld security management easier than ever

F-Secure Corporation (HEX:FSC) today introduced F-Secure Key Manager, an advanced management tool for administrators who need to manage F-Secure content encryption products in corporate environments. The main advantages of F-Secure Key Manager are centralized key creation, secure storage of key backups and easy key and backup passphrase delivery to all company devices.

The traditional concept of IT security was designed to safeguard fixed office systems against outside threats. Today, companies are investing in mobile business applications in order to stay competitive. Handheld devices are already being used, among others, by bankers to process financial data, by doctors and social security workers to make home visits, by field service people to access the inventory of spare parts, and by insurance inspectors to report damages on location. 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.

“The burden of installing, updating and managing security should be taken out of the employee’s hands. The only real way to accomplish this is to make the security applications as automated as possible. Automation should also be expanded to cover the support and back-up services that the end-user need. With F-Secure Key Manager this is now happening also with handheld device management,” said Kimmo Alkio, Chief Operating Officer of F-Secure Corporation.

F-Secure Key Manager is an advanced management tool for managing the encryption keys of the F-Secure FileCrypto product family. With F-Secure Key Manager, the administrator can create secure key delivery packages and protect them with specific installation passphrases, which are requested during the FileCrypto installation. The key package can be distributed to the target devices by email or using any enterprise management system.

In case the end user forgets the device passphrase, F-Secure Key Manager provides an easy mechanism for recovering the encrypted data. The administrator simply authenticates the user according to the company security policy and then provides the oblivious user with the backup passphrase, which allows the user to access the device securely, no matter where the user or the device is.

F-Secure FileCrypto is a family of full-featured content encryption applications that provides the strongest available protection for mobile and handheld devices against unwanted data disclosure. When combined with F-Secure Key Manager, the encryption keys and backup passphrases that allow the administrator to access the devices protected by F-Secure FileCrypto can be stored in an integrated secure database together with the user information.

F-Secure Key Manager is demonstrated with Pocket PC devices at CeBIT exhibition in Hannover, Germany, in Hall 6, E42 (F-Secure) and Hall 1, 4h2 (Compaq Computer): Go Mobile, Stay Secure.

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.

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