F-Secure Corporation [HSE: FSC] today announced it has joined the Network Admission Control (NAC) program, a Cisco-led industry initiative designed to help prevent malicious attacks by using the network infrastructure to enforce endpoint security policy compliance on devices looking for access to networks. F-Secure will develop features supporting the Cisco Trust Agent (CTA), technology delivered thru the NAC program, into its upcoming version of F-Secure Anti-Virus Client Security. The product is scheduled to be released in 2Q/2005.
F-Secure Anti-Virus Client Security product is designed to protect company desktops and laptops against today’s complex threats. The product offers unique protection against viruses, hackers, network worms as well as the use of networking software that violates corporate security policies.
F-Secure will integrate CTA into F-Secure Anti-Virus Client Security, allowing IT departments to deny network access to end users who are out of compliance with corporate security policy. Using F-Secure Anti-Virus Client Security with CTA, companies can help ensure their network health level by helping to automatically isolating hosts with out-of-date security settings. NAC is a critical component of Cisco’s Self-Defending network security strategy which helps customers utilize their network to help identify, prevent, and adapt to security threats.
“Cisco is pleased to have F-Secure Corporation participating in this collaborative industry program,” said Russell Rice, director of product marketing in the Security Technology Group at Cisco Systems, Inc. “F-Secure Anti-Virus Client Security enhances the NAC program, by helping to bring an integrated and collaborative approach to endpoint security. This collaboration within the NAC effort will help provide IT organizations with the ability to defend against a variety of threats including malicious attacks, adware, system intrusion and spyware.”
“Cisco’s Network Admission Control program underlines importance of the service aspect in antivirus business. It is not enough that you have antivirus software installed; the software will need to be kept up to date before accessing the network. F-Secure has been constantly ranked as industry’s fastest provider of virus definition updates.”, says Ari Alakiuttu, Director, Corporate Business. “By working together with companies like Cisco, we can help our joint customers to assure the health of devices before connecting them to their networks.”
For more information about NAC, visit www.cisco.com/go/nac.
About F-Secure Corporation
F-Secure Corporation is the fastest growing publicly listed company globally in the antivirus and intrusion prevention industry with more than 50% revenue growth in 2004. F-Secure services and software protect 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, antispam and antispyware solutions. Our key strength is our proven speed of response to new threats. For businesses our solutions feature a centrally managed and well integrated suite of solutions for workstations and servers alike. Focused partners offer security as a service for those companies that do not wish to build security expertise in-house. 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 service partners, value added resellers and distributors in over 50 countries. F-Secure protection is also available through mobile handset manufacturers such as Nokia and as a service through major Internet Service Providers, such as Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom and Charter Communications. The latest real-time virus threat scenario news are available at the F-Secure Antivirus Research Team weblog at http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/