SSH Licenses VPN Hardware Technology to Mitsumi Electric

Mitsumi manufactured VPN gateway product to be released in September

HELSINKI, FINLAND; PALO ALTO, Calif. and TOKYO – August 26, 2003 – SSH Communications Security (HEX:SSH1V), a world-leading developer of managed security middleware, today announced that they have licensed SSH’s IPSec and PKI technology to Mitsumi Electric Co., Ltd. headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Based on SSH’s IPSec and PKI related technologies, Mitsumi Electric will manufacture VPN (Virtual Private Network) gateways that will be available this September in the Asia Pacific region.

Features in Mitsumi Electric’s VPN gateway products will have turnkey features using PKI technology, resolving central management issues, and offering service providers and enterprises a truly scalable, manageable and easily deployable VPN solution.

Mitsumi Electric’s VPN gateway will allow customers to setup or add new VPN gateway devices quickly and easily with pre-configured smartcards. The central manager will allow IT staff to manage and monitor the network from a central location, easing deployment burdens.

“We are pleased that Mitsumi Electric has licensed SSH’s IPSec and PKI technology for their new enterprise class VPN gateway”, said Jean-Bernard Dumerc, VP, Asia Pacific of SSH Communications Security Corp. ” Mitsumi Electric meets the demands of their customers by introducing their VPN that is not only scalable, but easy to deploy and manage.”

VPNs are an attractive, cost effective alternative to leased lines or frame relays. IP-VPNs are highly flexible, and have gained recent popularity in the United States within organizations’ Intranet. IP-VPNs have had complicated management, deployment and scalability issues, creating higher costs of implementations. Also, using IP-VPNs required having special technical skills for deployment and management.

Mitsumi Electric’s VPN gateway will solve these issues for service providers and enterprises by creating a truly scalable, manageable and easy to deploy VPN solution for secure site-to-site and remote access connectivity. Mitsumi Electric’s VPN gateway allows data to be transmitted over inexpensive broadband lines such as ADSL or FTTH. Mitsumi Electric’s VPN can be used in large networks and also within SOHO environments.

Product related inquiries:
Mitsumi Electric’s new VPN gateway is only available in the Asia Pacific region. For more information, please contact SSH Marketing Department in Finland at +358 20 500 7470 or press-jp@ssh.com.

About Mitsumi Electric Co., Ltd.
Mitsumi Electric Co., Ltd., established in 1954, is a manufacturer of general electronic components listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange (Code: 6767). Mitsumi develops and provides electronic devices such as coils, switches, connectors, motors, magnetic heads, semi-conductors, various unit components such as electronic tuners, optical pick-ups, GPS antennas, AC adapter, chargers, power supplies, and other unit products such as CDRW drives, DVD drives, floppy disc drives, DDS drivers, and computer mice.

In the European countries, Mitsumi’s unit product, such as CDRW drives, DVD drives, floppy disc drives and computer mice are widely used. Mitsumi’s CDRW drives are highly regarded in the market.

About VPN Gateway
By utilizing the communication technology such as CATV set top box and wireless LAN (products for the North American market), and by incorporating SSH Communications Security’s IPSec and PKI technology, Mitsumi has developed a new VPN Gateway that is first in its history. For more details, please visit http://www.mitsumi.co.jp/english/index.html.

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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