F-Secure Introduces World’s First Integrated Security Solution For Linux Systems

F-Secure Corporation (HEX: FSC), is today one of the leading providers of integrated client and server security solutions in the world. F-Secure Anti-Virus Client Security, providing complete security for Windows users, has been praised and rewarded by many magazines and independent tests, including awards such as the PC Plus Editors Choice and The Best in Test by InternetWorld. The new F-Secure Anti-Virus Linux Client and Server Security products introduce this same integrated, automated and easy to use concept to Linux users. With the new solutions, administrators will be able to control and monitor the security of a mixed Linux and Windows server and workstation environment as easily as the have been able to do on the Windows side.

Viruses, worms and Trojans are today seen as the biggest IT security threat to organizations around the world. Hackers are also actively looking for unprotected systems that contain important data or machines that could be easily used for other purposes such as distributing illegal material “There’s really not that many Linux viruses to scan for yet”, says Mikko Hypponen, Director of Antivirus Research, “but in mixed environments, most administrators will want to be able to scan for Windows viruses under Linux. On the other hand with Linux’s growing popularity it is also becoming critical to implement native Linux security with real-time up-dating”, he continues. In any discussion about Linux security and viruses, it is important to note the widespread deployment of Linux in solutions that provide data and services to Windows users. File storage, email and Web services are commonly run on Linux. While Linux itself is relatively unaffected by viruses that does not stop Linux-systems from storing and spreading Windows-viruses. Therefore all Linux machines that are serving Windows hosts should also be protected with an anti-virus solution.

The new F-Secure Anti-Virus Linux Client and Server Security products represent the very best security technology available for Linux today and provide complete security against malicious code as well as intrusion attempts. Automated and transparent to the user, the real time anti-virus scanning ensures that viruses cannot infect or spread through your Linux machines. The firewall component stops hackers and other intruders from entering the servers and workstations. Furthermore, the integrity checking functionality keeps hackers and crackers from entering and opening backdoors, changing important files or saving unwanted files on corporate servers. By integrating with the F-Secure Policy Manager, a centralized security management system, the products will automatically notify the administrators of any security incidents or virus activity. Administrators can also easily change and enforce the security policies via the F-Secure Policy Manager, which now makes it possible to centrally manage both Linux and Windows desktops, servers and gateways.

With the introduction of F-Secure Anti-Virus Linux Client and Server security, F-Secure takes a firm lead in the Linux security market with the most comprehensive security solution available today, says Mr. Ari Alakiuttu, Director of Corporate Business at F-Secure. We want to make the security management as easy as possible for the IT department and provide them with the tools to secure both Windows and Linux machines, says Alakiuttu.

F-Secure Anti-Virus for Linux products are SuSE and Red Hat Ready verified applications. Information about pricing and licensing of F-Secure products is available from authorized F-Secure Channel Partners. A complete list of our partners is available at

For more information about the products, please visit our Website at: www.f-secure.com/products

About F-Secure

F-Secure Corporation protects individuals and businesses against computer viruses and other threats coming through the Internet or mobile networks. Our award-winning solutions include antivirus and desktop firewall with intrusion prevention. Our key strength is the speed of response to new threats. For businesses our solutions feature centralized management. Founded in 1988, F-Secure has been listed on the Helsinki Exchanges since 1999. We have our headquarters in Helsinki, Finland, and offices in USA, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Japan. F-Secure is supported by a global ecosystem of value added resellers and distributors in over 50 countries. F-Secure protection is also available through major Internet Service Providers, such as Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom and Charter Communications.

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