F-Secure to stop network abuse with new technology

F-Secure today announced a new weapon in its arsenal to help its ISP customers tackle network abuse, the F-Secure Network Control(tm) solution. F-Secure Network Control(tm), a network-level appliance will target such zero-day network threats as spam bots and Denial of Service zombies, which typically cause ISPs bandwidth disruption, loss of revenue and over-burdened helpdesks. Using advanced pattern recognition technology and industry-leading deep packet inspection, the enterprise-grade appliance offers a highly effective tool against the unexpected threats that zero-day attacks pose.

In the present situation, ISPs are under pressure to maintain network integrity by manually monitoring computers that cause bandwidth disruption and closing these connections before starting a dialogue with the customer in question. This is both time-consuming and labour-intensive and fails to stem the influx of disruption-related calls to the helpdesk environment.

With network abuse continuously on the rise from such sources as targeted malware assaults to the use of dubious peer-to-peer network software, the challenges to ISPs are clear. The only true solution to the problem is a network-level solution that monitors traffic from end-users at the network edge automatically denying offending computers access to the network.

Using F-Secure Network Control(tm), users identified as being the source of disruption receive a web page message guiding them to clean up their computer using an on-line scanner and Windows update. At the same time they are offered subscription to a security service thus increasing potential revenue streams to the ISP. At the point when the selected computers are no longer a source of disruption to network traffic, Internet access is automatically restored with the additional benefit that another customer is both aware of security threats and protected against further assaults.

The new technology comes through the acquisition of Finnish-based company, ROMmon. This small but fast growing and highly profitable company is presently the technology leader in its segment and already boasts a large client base in Finland with its technology monitoring a total of some 500, 000 subscriber lines. ROMmon has been in business since 2001 and is presently based in Finland’s technology hub, Espoo.

Chief Technology Officer at F-Secure, Ari Hypp?¶nen said: “We are delighted with the acquisition of ROMmon and this new technology. We recognized ROMmon for their ISP expertise, advanced process automation and the impressive list of their existing satisfied customers. With their expertise on board, we believe that F-Secure can now address typical ISP headaches such as network abuse and helpdesk overload. At the same time ISPs choosing this solution will be able to increase potential revenue streams through the provision of security services to end users and defend them against zero-day threats.”

“I’m excited that through F-Secure Network Control(tm) we will be able to take the solution that has been successful in Finland to help ISPs worldwide. We believe that the solution will generate a lot of interest in many markets, ” said Petri Helenius, CEO of ROMmon.

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/

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