F-Secure Protects Kabel Deutschland’s Customers Across Thirteen German States

Europe’s largest TV cable network operator, Kabel Deutschland (KDG) is to offer an optimized fast Internet connection via TV cable using a new security package backed by F-Secure’s award-winning security solutions.This will enable all Kabel HighSpeed subscribers among the ten million households in 13 German states that Kabel Deutschland is connecting to enjoy a comprehensive security package called “HighSecure Professional” which includes antivirus, antispam, firewall and parental control. Once installed, the software, which runs in the background and is updated and patched automatically, protects users from viruses, trojans and hackers.

“In F-Secure we found an excellent partner whose Internet security expertise and competence is well acknowledged,” explains Christian Dahlen, head of Kabel Internet. This innovative security package is the result of close cooperation so that HighSecure Professional meets the highest security and convenience requirements. With this offer we add an important service to our broadband connection and one which has often been requested by our customers.”

Those customers buying “HighSecure Professional” will receive the integrated security package for a three-month trial period. After that period, the offer for the fastest Internet connections – Kabel Highspeed Flat Pro 3200 and Flat Pro 5600 remain free of charge while other price models require an additional 3,98 EUR per month fee. Customers of Kabel Deutschland will now be able to enjoy all the benefits of surfing via TV cable using an attractive and secure alternative to DSL offers. The new Security Package will be available starting in April at www.kabeldeutschland.de/csc.

“Surfing unprotected in the Internet will put viruses and worms on your PC after only a few minutes. This is a known fact to users. But most of them don’t want to spend time in protecting their systems,” states F-Secure Country Manager Hans-Joachim Diedrich. “Services such as HighSecure Professional from Kabel Deutschland are an ideal solution for Internet users. They can easily subscribe to the security solution that works in the background and is updated automatically. This enables working with the PC without any worries about security threats.”

Compared to other antivirus vendors F-Secure reacts very quickly to new virus outbreaks. Due to the short reaction time, F-Secure antivirus software is updated very quickly so that viruses, worms or trojans cannot intrude the system. Spam control scans the complete email traffic and filters unwanted messages, junk or spam mails. The personal firewall offers efficient protection from hackers and dialers who will try to dial up to expensive numbers using another’s subscription. The security levels are pre-configured and can be changed when needed. Additionally, parents can protect their children from improper or dangerous Internet content such as gambling, racism, violence, drugs and porn using the parental control feature. In total, the security features of HighSecure Professional result in a comprehensive security package.

F-Secure’s strategic business concept of offering cutting-edge security solutions through outsourced services to Internet users is gaining in popularity. More and more service providers are gradually acknowledging the benefits of partnering with F-Secure. F-Secure is constantly entering new territories successfully, while simultaneously reinforcing its position in existing markets. Overall, 40 service provider partnerships have been announced. This makes F-Secure the fastest growing company in the world in offering security services through service providers. 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.

About Kabel Deutschland

Kabel Deutschland is the largest cable network operator in Europe, connecting almost 10 million households in thirteen German states. KDG owns and operates the network infrastructure, is responsible for the marketing of cable access, as well as other related services, and develops new digital TV and Highspeed internet services. The company’s digital TV service provides a platform that is open to all content providers. In 2003, KDG was acquired from Deutsche Telekom by a consortium of financial investors comprised of Apax Partners, Providence Equity Partners and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners.

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/




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