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Research discusses most effective technologies and best practices to protect networks, systems, applications and data

Reading, UK – 19 September 2007 – Stonesoft, an innovative provider of integrated network security and business continuity solutions, today announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Niche Players Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls.

The Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls provides an overview of the enterprise firewall markets and its development, positioning vendors in the field based on their ability to execute and completeness of vision. The primary key issue of the research is finding the most effective technologies and best practices to protect networks, systems, applications and data.

Gartner regards the enterprise network firewall market as a mature yet significantly dynamic market. While the demands on network firewalls are changing, firewalls need to interoperate as part of the larger security ecosphere.

According to Gartner, “there are many viable firewall providers, but the leading vendors provide a path to more inspection and blocking capabilities at higher speeds and at lower price points. Product selection decisions should be driven by organisation-specific requirements in areas such as the relative importance of firewall capabilities, ease and speed of deployment, acquisition cost, the IT organisation's support capabilities, and integration with existing security and network infrastructure.”

“We are pleased that Gartner has evaluated Stonesoft and we believe this is a recognition of our competence and success in providing enterprises integrated network security and business continuity solutions”, says Ilkka Hiidenheimo, founder and CEO of Stonesoft. “Moreover, Stonesoft has a distinct enterprise focus and support for clustering and high availability. These are among the things we have invested a lot of effort in and which our customers genuinely value. It is rewarding to notice we have made the right choices and succeeded in our mission to secure the information flow of our customers.”

About Gartner Magic Quadrant

The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2007 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner’s analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the “Leaders” quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Stonesoft Corporation

Stonesoft Corporation (OMX: SFT1V) is an innovative provider of integrated network security solutions to secure the information flow of distributed organizations. Stonesoft customers include enterprises with growing business needs requiring advanced network security and always-on business connectivity.

StoneGate™ secure connectivity solution unifies firewall, VPN, IPS and SSL VPN blending network security, end-to-end availability and award-winning load balancing into a unified and centrally managed system. The key benefits of StoneGate secure connectivity solution include low TCO, excellent price-performance ratio and high ROI.
StoneGate Management Center provides unified management for StoneGate Firewall with VPN, IPS and SSL VPN. StoneGate Firewall and IPS work together to provide intelligent defence all over the enterprise network while StoneGate SSL VPN provides enhanced security for mobile and remote use.

Founded in 1990, Stonesoft Corporation is a global company with corporate headquarters in Helsinki, Finland and Americas headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit www.stonesoft.com.

For more details, please contact:

Stonesoft Corporation
Ilkka Hiidenheimo, CEO
Tel. +358 9 476 711
E-mail: ilkka.hiidenheimo@stonesoft.com

Or

Tiru Thiruvilangam or Sally Forge
Prompt Communications on behalf of Stonesoft
Tel: 020 8996 1646 / Out of hours : 07780 687813
tiru@prompt-communications.com / sforge@prompt-communications.com

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