|SAN JOSE -- F-Secure Corporation (HEX:FSC), a
leading developer of centrally managed security solutions for the mobile,
distributed enterprise, today announced an instant alert system that
delivers critical and instant security notifications irrespective of
location. F-Secure Radar will broadcast alerts about viruses, denial of
service attacks, and other critical security issues to a wide variety of
devices, including mobile phones, PDAs, and pagers, ensuring message
delivery when it is most crucial.
The service proved its worth to testers
and pre-release customers last week, who were among the world’s first
computer users to be warned of the Melissa.W worm.
"Time is of the essence when notifying key individuals of critical
security incidents, like virus alerts and denial of service attacks. During
past major virus outbreaks, like Melissa and LoveLetter, hours often meant
the difference in saving millions in lost revenue," said Risto Siilasmaa,
President and CEO of F-Secure Corporation. "In cases like these, response
needs to be immediate. Furthermore, alerts need to be prioritized and easy
to understand. With F-Secure Radar, our world renowned anti-virus experts
make sure that the most critical security alerts get delivered fast."
Christian Christiansen, Vice President of Internet Infrastructure and
Security Software at International Data Corporation (IDC), said, "F-Secure
Radar is filling an important niche in the security market space at a
reasonable cost. Behind F-Secure Radar is an expert threat analysis team
that gives customers the confidence that they will be among the first to
know about, and resolve, issues posed by viruses and other forms of malware."
To help provide the messaging capability required in the security alert
system, F-Secure chose to partner with EnvoyWorldWide. Their core service
offering, EnvoyXpress, offers end-user customization over the Internet
through a browser interface, wide geographical coverage, and an extremely
flexible system with a large number of supported recipient devices. F-Secure
is leveraging EnvoyProfiles, an enhancement to their core messaging service,
that allows recipients to create and maintain their own contact information,
while selecting which security notifications they need to perform their
jobs. The partnership leverages F-Secure’s global threat detection and
analysis team with EnvoyWorldWide’s message delivery service.
"The Internet has empowered companies to create new and to streamline
existing business models. These businesses require a new category of
solution that goes beyond what traditional communication and messaging
applications can provide. EnvoyProfiles offers the only solution that meets
the needs of the increasingly mobile and geographically dispersed world,"
said Alain Daste, president and CEO, EnvoyWorldWide. "With the marriage of
F-Secure Radar and EnvoyProfiles,, F-Secure provides a flexible, scalable
and reliable means of communicating critical security information 24x7 to
their wired and wireless constituencies."
As reported last week, after January 17, 2001, F-Secure started receiving
reports about a new version of Melissa, this time spreading in a file called
Anniv.doc. By January 19, F-Secure had received dozens of infection reports
from various parts of the world, with the rate of infections increasing. A
statement from F-Secure said at that time that "It now appears that this
virus could become very widespread rapidly."
For more information, refer to F-Secure’s Website at:
http://www.F-Secure.com/products/radar/. There, for $200.00, users can
sign up for a year’s subscription to F-Secure Radar, prioritize the security
alerts they wish to receive, and choose which devices (pager, cell phone,
fax, email, telephone, and SMS) they wish to receive those text and audio
Headquartered in Billerica, Massachusetts, EnvoyWorldWide offers
businesses a flexible, scalable and reliable communications service for
distributing time-sensitive and business-critical information. Information
is distributed simultaneously to customers, employees, partners and
suppliers using each recipient's preferred method of communication.
Organizations use EnvoyXpress, the flagship offering from EnvoyWorldWide,
for applications ranging from improved resource scheduling and proactive
customer notification to product delivery and logistical support. The
Web-based service enables organizations to realize lower costs and increased
business-to-business communications efficiency. More information on
EnvoyWorldWide can be found at www.envoyww.com.
About F-Secure Corporation
F-Secure Corporation is a leading developer of centrally managed security
solutions for the mobile, distributed enterprise. The company offers a full
range of award-winning integrated anti-virus, file encryption, distributed
firewall and VPN solutions. F-Secure products and the underlying policy
management framework enable corporate IT departments as well as service
providers to deliver Security as a Service(tm). For the end-user, Security
as a Service is invisible, automatic, reliable, always on, and up-to-date.
For the administrator, Security as a Service means policy-based
management, instant alerts, and centralized management of a widely
distributed user base.
Founded in 1988, F-Secure is listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange [HEX:
FSC]. The company is headquartered in Espoo, Finland with North American
headquarters in San Jose, California, as well as offices in Canada, China
(Hong Kong and Beijing), France, Germany, Japan, Sweden and the United
Kingdom. F-Secure is supported by a network of VARs and Distributors in over
90 countries around the globe.