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Local authority updates IT security and business continuity infrastructure by installing Stonesoft’s secure connectivity technology

Reading, UK – 23rd October 2007 – Stonesoft Corp. (HEX: SFT1V), an innovative provider of security and business continuity solutions, has supplied Arun District City Council with its high-performance IT security system, StoneGate.

Arun District Council supports a population of 144,500, and is committed to creating greater electronic access by the public to all council services. The council recently tendered for a cost-effective replacement IT security system, resulting in the staged deployment of Stonesoft’s StoneGate appliances and services to provide perimeter security, business continuity, intrusion detection and VPN connectivity.

A recent outage of internet services across the council highlighted the danger of single points of failure and enforced Arun District’s Council decision to deploy Stonesoft’s fail-safe network security and redundancy systems.

Mark Slade, head of the network management team at Arun District Council, explains, “The outage would have meant the loss of our major link to the Internet. Fortunately with StoneGate firewalls in place connectivity failed over to our secondary link with no problem at all”.

Ash Patel, UK and Ireland country manager for Stonesoft says: “Traditionally, connections provided by Internet Service Providers have been a single point of failure for public sector bodies just as they are for private companies. The StoneGate Firewall provides organisations with a degree of network security and business continuity not previously possible. Stonesoft's Multi-Link Technology also overcomes a number of availability and latency issues sometimes associated with public networks, especially the Internet.”

Slade is already considering upgrading StoneGate appliances and services with an eye to future expansion. “Ultimately it’s about minimising any future downtime for our users. Nobody likes to be without services they rely on every day,” says Slade.

About Stonesoft Corporation

Stonesoft Corporation (OMX: SFT1V) is an innovative provider of integrated network security solutions to secure the information flow of distributed organisations. 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 Tiru Thiruvilangam or Sally Forge
Prompt Communications on behalf of Stonesoft
Tel: 020 8996 1646 / Out of hours: 07780 687813
Email: tiru@prompt-communications.com / sforge@prompt-communications.com



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