F-Secure and Deutsche Telekom Announce New Security Services

As announced earlier by Deutsche Telekom , F-Secure Corporation (HEX: FSC) and Deutsche Telekom (DAX:DTE), Europe’s largest telecommunications company, announced a partnership to offer antivirus and firewall services to small businesses in Germany. While Deutsche Telekom markets, sells and provides technical support for the services, F-Secure provides the security applications as well as the back-end technology to manage subscriptions, and hosts the service on behalf of Deutsche Telekom.

This service is being offered by the T-Com division of Deutsche Telekom to its small business customers as of November 1, 2002. The Personal Security Service combining anti-virus and personal firewall services is offered initially to T-Com’s 350,000 small to medium-sized businesses with web-based downloads available in November. During 2003 the offering is also available at all T-Punkt retail stores to all customer segments across Germany.

Market demand for pre-packaged security solutions in Germany is anticipated to be of interest as there are approximately 2 million small companies in Germany, with 60% utilising business applications on-line. In conjunction to the large number of small and medium size businesses looking to secure their IT-environments with antivirus and personal firewall solutions, IDC expects subscription based security services to grow at an annual compounded growth rate of 90% over the next three years.

“F-Secure has been a pioneer in creating the technology needed to provide security as a remotely managed service. We have signed partnerships with many of the world’s leading teleoperators and ISPs. After announcing a partnership with Deutsche Telekom, we are very proud to now have Europe’s two largest teleoperators/ISPs as our partners and believe we will continue rapidly increasing our marketshare. In this market our award winning applications, unique back-end delivery platform and easy to use approach are an unbeatable combination”, says Risto Siilasmaa, President and CEO of F-Secure Corporation.

Small companies are looking for increased support and services from teleoperators and ISPs to link their businesses to the internet. Managed security services enable companies to concentrate on their core businesses while turning to industry experts in securing the data infrastructure. Network attacks and rapidly spreading new viruses pose a serious threat to businesses and home users. The F-Secure solutions allow the computer users to focus on their daily business while their computers are being automatically protected from viruses and hacking. Small businesses get the best value of both expertise and customer service by turning to teleoperators/ISPs for their network and security services.

F-Secure’s security solutions as a subscription service are provided by the leading teleoperators/ISPs across Europe: Wanadoo in France, Telia Ab and Telenordia in Sweden, Lietuvos Telekomas in Lithuania, Sonera Oyj and Elisa Communications Oyj.

About Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Telekom AG is Europe’s largest telecommunications group. It occupies a leading position in several business areas both in Germany and internationally with its products and services. Deutsche Telekom’s core business areas are Internet services, mobile telephony, IP-data communication/systems solutions and fixed line services for the mass market. Around 207,000 employees worldwide generated group sales of 30 billion euro in the first three quarters of 2000. Against the backdrop of the increasing consolidation of technologies and markets, Deutsche Telekom aims to become one of the leading integrated TIMES providers – with footholds in the business fields of telecommunications, information technology, multimedia, entertainment and security services.

About F-Secure

F-Secure Corporation is the leading provider of centrally managed security solutions for the mobile enterprise. The company’s award-winning products include antivirus, file encryption and network security solutions for major platforms from desktops to servers and from laptops to handhelds. Founded in 1988, F-Secure has been listed on the Helsinki Exchanges since November 1999. The company is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, with the North American headquarters in San Jose, California, as well as offices in Germany, Sweden, Japan and the United Kingdom and regional offices in the USA. F-Secure is supported by a network of value added resellers and distributors in over 90 countries around the globe. F-Secure provides data security services to major Finnish, Swedish, French and German teleoperators.




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