SSH Partners With Fujitsu Invia to Provide SSH Certifier to the Healthcare Industry

Hospital District of Varsinais-Suomi Implements SSH’s Digital Authentication Technology

HELSINKI, FINLAND; PALO ALTO, Calif. and TOKYO – August, 12, 2003 – SSH Communications Security (HEX:SSH1V), a world-leading developer of managed security middleware, today announced a partnership with Fujitsu Invia to provide SSH Certifier(TM) PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) solution to healthcare organizations in the Nordic countries. The Hospital District of Varsinais-Suomi is the first healthcare organization to purchase and deploy the SSH Certifier solution through Fujitsu Invia.

Providing highly specialized healthcare services such as cardiac surgery, neurosurgery and radiotherapy to patients in the southwest region of Finland, Hospital District of Varsinais-Suomi needed a comprehensive, reliable security solution to enable the use of smart cards and digital certificates for strong, two-factor authentication to health-care applications and secure network login. The hospital district selected SSH Certifier as part of a comprehensive healthcare IS solution from Fujitsu Invia because of its robust security, strong standards-based authentication and ease of configuration and scalability capabilities.

“We chose SSH Certifier among a number of other digital authentication solutions based on the flexibility and scalability we needed, along with the assurance and peace of mind in knowing that our company and patient files would be protected from unauthorized access.” said Yrj?¶ Koivusalo, Hospital District of Varsinais-Suomi. “We needed to secure confidential patient data over public networks, and as industry leaders, Fujitsu Invia and SSH assured us of a best of breed solution to fit our needs.”

Hospital District of Varsinais-Suomi worked closely with Fujitsu Invia, a Nordic service provider and operator of advanced information systems, in the selection and implementation of SSH Certifier. A subsidiary of the third-largest IT service provider in the world, Fujitsu Invia implements and develops systems that bring business benefits for the needs of the networked economy, assuming responsibility for the customer’s entire IT infrastructure from design to maintenance.

“We are delighted to partner with a company with such a strong commitment to developing world-class Internet security solutions”, said Bj?¶rn-Eric Svensson, Fujitsu Invia. “The unique demands of healthcare providers require strong, reliable solutions that are feature rich and easy to customize and configure; SSH Certifier more than meets these requirements.”

“Healthcare providers are facing a growing challenge to ensure that the access to highly confidential patient data is protected from internal and external threats”, said Arto Vainio, CEO of SSH Communications Security Corp. “SSH Certifier is a scalable, robust solution that enables the use of digital certificates with smart cards or hardware tokens for secure, two-factor authentication login procedures that can be critical to various enterprise and healthcare applications. We are confident that Hospital District of Varsinais-Suomi will find SSH Certifier to be an invaluable element of its IS infrastructure.”

About Hospital District of Varsinais-Suomi
The Hospital District of Varsinais-Suomi, situated in South-western Finland, is a federation of municipalities, which includes 58 municipalities and cities and the University of Turku. Within the hospital district, there are 26 municipal health centres and a population of 453 000 residents. There are nearly 5 400 permanent employees in the service of the Hospital District. Annually, the district hospitals handle approximately 560 000 treatment visits and approximately 440 000 inpatient treatment days. The annual operational expenses for the whole district average at about 330 million euros. The Hospital District offers specialised health care services at the Turku University Hospital (TYKS) and four regional hospitals. These hospitals can accommodate a total of 1 540 patients.

About Fujitsu Invia – A Nordic IT service provider
Fujitsu Invia is a Nordic service provider and operator of advanced information systems, implementing and developing systems that bring business benefits for the needs of the networked economy. We assume responsibility for the customer’s entire IT infrastructure from design to maintenance. Fujitsu Invia’s net sales for financial year 2002/2003 were EUR 282 million. The company employs 2,200 people in Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

About SSH Certifier
SSH Certifier is an application software package for issuing and managing digital certificates in an enterprise or service provider environment. SSH Certifier is an ideal platform for hosting a managed multi-CA service environment with strong authentication and identification. SSH Certifier also features Web-based configuration tools, allowing network administrators to easily install and manage digital certificates from a central or remote location.

About SSH Communications Security
SSH Communications Security, a world-leading supplier of managed security middleware, offers a broad range of award-winning products designed to address the most critical security issues for businesses, financial institutions and governments worldwide. SSH’s award-winning remote access software, SSH Secure Shell, the de facto standard for secure remote access and data transfer, and SSH Sentinel(TM), a feature-rich remote access VPN “smart” client are ideal solutions for securing wireline and wireless networks. The SSH Certifier(TM) product family provides a robust certification authority for flexible and strong authentication through digital certificates and tokens. The market-leading, award-winning SSH IPSec family of toolkits for OEMs and software developers enables fast time-to-market and reduced in-house development costs. SSH is traded publicly on the Helsinki Exchanges under HEX:SSH1V. For more information, please visit www.ssh.com




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