Skanska Orders Comprehensive Security Solution for 8,500 Workplaces from Utimaco Safeware

World-leading Construction Company protects its IT infrastructure with Utimaco Safeware’s Security Solutions

Oberursel 10 December 2002 – Skanska one of the world’s leading companies in construction services and project development, has signed a contract with Utimaco Safeware to secure 8,500 workplaces including a sophisticated maintenance package. The agreement includes a combination of Utimaco Safeware’s security solutions to guarantee protection against unauthorized access, entire hard disk encryption and personal firewall functionalities on the PC.

Skanska was looking for a solution which meets both their requirements according to the corporate wide Baseline Security Controls and high performance encryption on notebooks in a decentralized, global organisation. Skanska chose SafeGuard® Easy and SafeGuard® Advanced Security from Utimaco Safeware. SafeGuard® Easy is the world’s most popular program for hard disk encryption, certified according to Common Criteria, while the modular concept of SafeGuard® Advanced Security offers enhanced authentication and enterprise policy defence. Skanska integrates the IP filter module of SafeGuard® Advanced Security to control all incoming and outgoing IP traffic on all workstations to realize the distributed firewall concept.

Thomas Keisu, IT-Security Manager of Skanska, stated: “Utimaco Safeware and its products impressed with their ability to meet our security demands. They outperformed all other solutions in initial encryption speed and the number of platforms they support. With Utimaco Safeware we established a “one point-of-contact” which is especially very important concerning security issues within a global network of operations like ours.”

“Skanska is one of our first customers to benefit from the new modular concept of SafeGuard® Advanced Security. Together with SafeGuard® Easy they can enforce a consistent company wide security policy. Furthermore, we as well benefit from working together with Skanska, because they spur us on in developing our solutions to suit the market,” said Rolf Wassermann, Vice President of Utimaco Safeware AG.

Utimaco Safeware AG is one of the leading European technology manufacturers of professional IT security solutions. The security technology and solutions developed by Utimaco Safeware protect the electronic data of companies and government bodies against unauthorized access and guarantee that business processes and administrative procedures in the electronic world are binding and confidential. The business area Device Security provides technologies and solutions for information security in the fields of strong authentication, biometric procedures included, encryption and integrity control. The products and solutions secure data on PC, notebook and PDA both at the workstation and while travelling.

Skanska AB with its headquarters in Sweden, is a global provider of construction related services and project development. Since its founding in 1887, Skanska has established a global network of operations in 23 permanent markets. The Skanska group has approximately 75,000 employees. Net sales in 2001 were approximately 18,3 billion Euro, an increase of 53 percent compared with 2000. Earnings after net financial items were approximately 122 Mio. Euro.

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