F-Secure Introduces Security Appliance for Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses

San Jose, Calif. – September 12, 2005 – F-Secure® Corporation, a worldwide leader in antivirus and security technology, today announced its first hardware-based product, an all-in-one messaging security device called the F-Secure Messaging Security Gateway. F-Secure’s first appliance model called the X200, which is targeted at small-and medium-sized businesses, will be generally available in September 2005.

The new F-Secure Messaging Security Gateway™ delivers the industry's most complete and effective security for e-mail. It combines a robust, enterprise-class messaging platform with perimeter security, antispam, antivirus, secure messaging and outbound content security capabilities in an easy-to-deploy, hardened appliance.

The F-Secure Messaging Security Gateway X-Series appliance uses technology from Proofpoint, Inc., a leader in large-enterprise messaging security solutions. Together, F-Secure’s Anti-Virus and Proofpoint's advanced anti-spam capabilities (powered by Proofpoint MLX™, a patent-pending machine learning technology) provide the industry's best protection against all e-mail borne threats including viruses, spam, phishing and outbound e-mail policy violations.

“Many organizations have serious difficulties dealing with the increasing amount of attacks via e-mail, spam, viruses, phishing etc. F-Secure Messaging Security Gateway provides an out-of-the-box, easy to use solution to their problems. With this latest introduction we are able to offer an unparalleled solution for e-mail security”, said Risto Siilasmaa, CEO of F-Secure Corporation.

“F-Secure’s industry-leading virus protection combined with Proofpoint’s advanced machine learning techniques for fighting spam, delivered as an easy-to-install and easy-to-administer appliance is an unbeatable combination for small and mid-sized enterprises,” said Gary Steele, CEO of Proofpoint. “It’s the ideal e-mail security solution for organizations that want enterprise class e-mail protection, with zero administration and an extremely low total cost of ownership.”

"The number, frequency, and sophistication of threats such as spam, phishing, spoofing, viruses, worms, blended threats, as well as compliance issues have increased significantly over the past many years and will continue to do so," says Thomas Raschke, Program Manager for IDC's European Security Products & Strategies research. "F-Secure's Messaging Security Gateway appliance addresses the growing messaging security concerns in small- and medium-sized business environments. This bodes well with the market opportunity as IDC forecasts a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 54% in revenue terms and 62% in unit terms for the Western European messaging security appliance market from 2004-2009."

The X-Series appliance offers small and medium sized enterprises all the right tools for complete messaging security:

  • Perimeter security: The integrated E-mail Firewall provides complete perimeter security, defending against denial-of-service, directory harvest and other forms of network-based attacks. The unique machine learning and SMTP traffic control features constantly monitor connections at the IP address level, looking for malicious activity. Malicious connections are automatically blocked or throttled based on fully customizable mail traffic policies -- keeping networks and e-mail users safe while preserving valuable network bandwidth.

  • Virus protection: F-Secure’s award winning anti-virus technology provides the industry’s most accurate protection against viruses. In antivirus, where speed is of utmost importance, F-Secure maintains record response times and sets the pace of development.

  • Spam detection: Patent-pending Proofpoint MLX machine learning technology provides unrivalled protection from spam and phishing attacks and analyzes more than 200,000 structural and content attributes in every message to accurately and decisively classify messages as either spam or valid e-mail.

  • E-mail policy enforcement: The included Content Compliance module makes it easy for administrators to define and enforce e-mail acceptable use policies.

  • Secure messaging support: The X-Series appliance supports digital certificates and enables gateway-to-gateway secure transfer and receipt of e-mail using the Transport Layer Security (TLS) standard. The appliance also supports optional authentication of senders and receivers via TLS.

  • A platform that maintains itself: The X-Series appliance is built on a secure runtime environment, fine-tuned for messaging applications. The industry standard Message Transfer Agent (MTA) makes the product more reliable than other appliances and the Dynamic Update Service feature ensures that virus definitions, spam engine updates, software, firmware and operating systems are automatically kept up-to-date.

  • Easy to install and use: The X-Series features an administration interface optimized for small enterprises with “plug and play” setup wizards that enable installation in just minutes and minimize ongoing maintenance requirements.

The first X-Series appliance model, the X200, packages all these features in a hardened, easy-to-install 1U rack-mount server that delivers performance high enough to meet the needs of any SME installation with all spam, virus and e-mail policy features enabled.

About F-Secure Corporation

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.

Up-to-the-minute security news is available at the F-Secure Antivirus Research Team weblog at http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/. Additional company information may be found at http://www.F-Secure.com or by calling (408) 938-6700.