F-Secure Corporation and Glocalnet AB, which is the 3rd largest Telecom service provider in Sweden, have signed an agreement to bring F-Secure’s information security products to Glocalnet’s Internet connection clients. The service offers antivirus and firewall solutions.
While Glocalnet markets, sells and provides technical support for the services, F-Secure provides the security applications, the back-end technology to manage subscriptions, as well as hosts the service on behalf of Glocalnet. The service will be available to the Swedish consumer market including Glocalnet’s existing 430,000 customers from the beginning of June.
The exponential growth of Internet security threats, such as new viruses, worms and Trojans, as well as intrusions continue to increase the demand for Internet security. Home users and small offices in particular need security, but do not have the time nor the resources to keep their systems up-to-date and protected. In addition, the rapid increase of broadband access further increases market demand for always-on and easy-to-use security services.
Through these outsourced security services, Glocalnet is able to protect their on-line customers against Internet threats in an automated and easy-to-use manner. End users do not have to worry about outdated virus signature databases or actual security software updates. After the simple installation procedure, daily use is automatic and updates take place transparently regardless of the time and place of the Internet connection.
“As information security is an essential part of today’s Internet world, it is important that the service providers consider the needs of the end users, and offer them an easy way to secure their Internet use”, says Mr. Juha Saksi, Director of Service Provider Business Unit at F-Secure Corporation.
“The ability to protect our online customers against Internet threats is an essential component in our product portfolio. Glocalnet contacted F-Secure with the request to be able to offer an easy-to use service that eliminates the hacking attacks and viruses to our customersÃ‚Â´ computers”, says Jan Edholm, CEO of Glocalnet.
F-Secure is in a leading position in Europe for offering value-added security services with ISPs. F-Secure offers a business model to its ISP partners which is in full support of their objectives for increasing Average Revenue per User (ARPU) by offering automated Internet security services to their customer base. In conjunction with incremental revenue drive, F-Secure’s unique partnering strategy further enables ISPs to co-brand the service offering and launching these services without capital investments. F-Secure’s key ISP partners include many leading European Internet Service Providers, such as Deutsche Telekom, TeliaSonera, France Telecom’s ISP Wanadoo and Elisa Oyj, who have successfully implemented security services for their customers with F-Secure’s applications and platform.
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. Through licensing and distribution agreements, the company’s security applications are available for the products of the leading handheld equipment manufacturers, such as Nokia and HP.