F-Secure Provides Security As Service to the Canadian Cogeco Cable

Cogeco Cable (TSX: CCA.SV) and F-Secure® Corporation (HEX:FSC), a worldwide leader in antivirus and intrusion prevention, today announced a partnership to provide Cogeco Cable customers with Internet Security Services including anti-virus, personal firewall, parental control and anti-spam with anti-spyware coming soon. Cogeco Internet Security Services, powered by F-Secure’s managed security service, will be made available to approximately a quarter of a million Standard and Pro High Speed Internet customers as of December 15th, 2004. With this deal F-Secure enters the Canadian service provider market.

By providing Internet Security Services powered by F-Secure to Cogeco customers as part of their High Speed Internet packages, customers will now have access to the most secure and the fastest High Speed Internet service. Cogeco Security Services will automatically check for updates on an hourly basis; ensuring that customers are always protected against the latest threats.

“This addition to Cogeco Cable’s offering positions Cogeco as the fastest and most secure Internet service in Canada adding significant value to our High Speed Internet service,” declared Mr. Ron Perrotta, Vice President Marketing and Sales at Cogeco Cable. “Our customers can now be protected with the best in class security products.”

“Educating computer users about security threats and making it easy for them to find the tools they need to protect their systems while online are essential steps to Internet safety,” said Travis Witteveen, Vice President of US operations for F-Secure. “We make it easy for customers to have the most secure computer environment available. Most of the time, customers have neither the time nor the expertise to keep up with security products development. F-Secure maintains and upgrades the security software for customers once they’ve installed it, so they don’t need to worry ever again about being protected from the latest virus attack or spam schemes, as they are backed by F-Secure’s award-winning antivirus lab.”

More and more service providers are gradually acknowledging the benefits of partnering with F-Secure. F-Secure is constantly entering new territories successfully, while reinforcing the position in the existing markets at the same time. During the last six months service providers in 6 new countries, including Canada, Turkey, USA, Greece, Switzerland and Liechtenstein,have chosen F-Secure as their security partner. Overall, 39 service provider partnerships have been announced and 15 of those during the last six months. This makes F-Secure the fastest growing company in the world in offering security services through service providers.

F-Secure’s strategic business concept of offering cutting-edge security solutions through outsourced services to Internet users is gaining in popularity. For the future, F-Secure envisages increasing opportunities for those service providers wishing to expand their end user service offering with cutting-edge security solutions. F-Secure is partnering with Charter Communications and Insight Communications in the US, Deutsche Telekom in Germany, France Telecom, TeliaSonera in Sweden and Finland, com hem and Glocalnet in Sweden, Elion Enterprices in Estonia, TDC Cable TV in Denmark, BlueCom in Norway, Czech Telecom in Czech Republic and Elisa Oyj in Finland.


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.


Cogeco Cable is the second largest cable operator in both Ontario and Québec, and ranks fourth in Canada in terms of the number of basic service customers it serves. Cogeco Cable provides about 1,227,000 revenue generating units to about 1,423,000 households passed within its service territory. Through its two-way broadband cable infrastructure, Cogeco Cable provides its residential and commercial customers with analog and digital video and audio services, as well as high-speed Internet access. Cogeco Cable’s subordinate voting shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CCA.SV).

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