F-Secure goes global with new service centric solution for managed and security service providers

F-Secure today announces general availability of its F-Secure(r) Service Platform(tm) for Enterprises – a solution enabling a complete variety of security services offered to companies to outsource their security needs. F-Secure(r) Service Platform(tm) for Enterprises is an all-inclusive solution for service providers such as managed security service providers, hosting companies, data centres, application service providers and other outsourcing companies.

F-Secure(r)’s Service Platform(tm) for Enterprises is a tailor-made solution including F-Secure’s award-winning technologies combined with subscription based pricing, flexible licensing and additional Service Partner specific value add services. These include such services as access to product roadmaps, service partner support, sales-, marketing and support tools and other resources enabling security to be delivered as a service to the end user companies.

For its part, F-Secure provides a carefully crafted, flexible and user-friendly solution that covers all the latest threats. In addition to the industry’s fastest updated anti virus provision, service providers choosing the F-Secure solution will gain access to 24/7 support and be able to offer their customers such tailorable features as content scanning, antispyware, anti-spam, personal firewall protection, intrusion prevention and application control. All these services can be deployed, managed and maintained cost efficiently through a centralized management system from the service providers operation centre.

Equally, F-Secure Service Partners will be able to build their own customized value added services based on the F-Secure Service Platform solution, including monitoring and security management services, remote scanning for viruses and spyware, security incident monitoring and reporting and incident response.

Speaking about the offering widely to a global audience, Risto Siilasmaa, CEO of F-Secure said: “This is effectively a revolution in the provision of corporate security. The philosophy of offering security as a service has long been talked about but never fully implemented in the industry until now. This offering effectively completes the IT services business value chain. We at F-Secure have been piloting and developing the solution and business model for years with selected partners and now we are confident that the F-Secure Service Platform for Enterprises answers a very real need and is a timely offering to all service partners. With this solution they can now offer a multitude of high value security services very flexibly, either as a best-of-breed approach or as part of a larger managed services offering.”

This scalable solution now ensures that service providers can offer their customers a highly comprehensive security service with up-to-date protection and automatic virus updates working transparently in the background for their desktops, remote users, servers and gateway traffic.

Speaking about the solution, Business Development Manager, Jimmy Ruokolainen said: “With companies both large and small under extreme pressure to handle their security requirements with a decreasing budget, they often turn towards professional service providers for their security needs. Service providers must in turn be in the position to offer a variety of models to end user organisations drawing on security professional expertise and access to enterprise level security technologies,” adding: “We believe that F-Secure’s Service Platform for Enterprises is a perfect fit for improving and facilitating the service providers need for technologies and business models for their respective operations. The mere fact of having a trusted security vendor as a partner, willing and ready to support their efforts and need to compete in the services business has proved to be a relief for partners and service providers all over the world.”

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 of antivirus revenues 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 France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, the United Kingdom and USA. 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/