F-Secure Protects US Taxpayers’ Data at IRS

Helsinki, Finland, November 20, 2002 – F-Secure Corporation announces that it has signed an agreement to provide encryption to the US Internal Revenue Service. The F-Secure FileCrypto product is used to protect and encrypt confidential data such as taxpayer information on laptops and desktops.

The proliferation of computer hacking and cracking as well as loss and theft of laptops and other equipment have made file level security even more critical. F-Secure FileCrypto is the first and only cryptographic solution based on a FIPS 140-2 certified module. The product is part of F-Secure’s comprehensive security portfolio protecting against data theft, intrusions and viruses. F-Secure’s products are centrally managed, policy based and transparent to the end user. This enables administrators to enforce organizational security policies and insures that critical information will be protected at all times.

GovConnection Inc. partnered with F-Secure to deliver F-Secure FileCrypto to the IRS. “We feel confident in recommending F-Secure to provide FIPS 140-2 certified security products for our government customers’ needs,” says Gary Sorkin, President of GovConnection, Inc. “The IRS technology implementation will give taxpayers and corporations absolute assurance that their tax information in the IRS’s possession remains intact and unreachable by outsiders.”

“At F-Secure, we are very proud of the fact that an organization with high security demands such as IRS has chosen F-Secure as their encryption provider,” says Ilkka Starck, Executive VP of the Americas at F-Secure Corporation, San Jose, CA. “Automatic content security solution enables people to work in a more flexible manner without compromising security and confidentiality.”

F-Secure was the first company in the world to be granted FIPS 140-2 certification for its security technology. The certification is necessary for successful dealing with US and Canadian governments and agencies. For more information on the certification, see
http://csrc.nist.gov/cryptval/140-1/140crt/140crt237.pdf

FIPS-140-1 and FIPS-140-2 are security requirements for cryptographic modules and algorithms. The Computer Security Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) maintains a number of cryptographic standards, and coordinates validation programs for many of those standards.

About F-Secure Corporation

F-Secure Corporation is a leading developer of centrally managed security solutions for the mobile enterprise. The company’s award-winning, integrated antivirus, 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 headquarters 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.




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