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StoneGate secure connectivity solution provides comprehensive security with centralised management

Reading, UK – 4 December 2007 - Stonesoft, an innovative provider of integrated network security and business continuity solutions, introduces the new StoneGate 4.2 secure connectivity solution comprising of StoneGate Firewall/VPN, IPS (Intrusion Prevention System) and IPSec VPN Client, centrally managed by StoneGate Management Centre (SMC). The solution allows managed service providers (MSPs) to offer their customers services which allow them to see directly and securely how their security policy is enforced, while at the same time offering visibility into the customer’s own network.

Particularly, small to mid-sized organisations are struggling with the challenge of handling network security and IT infrastructure with in-house staff. The StoneGate 4.2 product family allows MSPs to provide SME organisations with reliable and secure, yet transparent network security services.

“We at Stonesoft are proud to provide a solution that ideally serves the needs of MSPs and their customers. MSPs appreciate the advanced centralised management offered by StoneGate Management Centre 4.2, as well as the ability to offer new, advanced services to their customers”, said Klaus Majewski, product marketing manager at Stonesoft.

“Few SMEs have the budget or competence required to maintain their network security at the level it should be”, highlights Klaus Majewski. “Instead, they rely on the competence of MSPs to guarantee the security, scalability and high availability of their IT solutions. StoneGate not only provides excellent reporting services, but also allows MSPs to offer customers visibility into their own alerts, logs and security policies. This makes customer change requests to MSPs easier and virtually error-free, which saves time and money on both sides.”

StoneGate products help MSPs to provide all security services like firewall, site-to-site highly available VPN connectivity and Intrusion Prevention Services (IPS) using one centralised management system. This provides significantly reduced total cost of ownership (TCO) and value for money for both MSPs and their customers.

While the trend towards outsourced network security is growing, organisations still appreciate the possibility of seeing what is happening in their network. With StoneGate Management Centre 4.2, including unique support for serial IPS clustering for additional throughput, MSPs can provide their customers visibility into the network. MSP can provide additional pre-emptive services, for example informing customers when there is a laptop or a server on the network that has a network card that is likely to break down soon. This enables MSPs to move towards a more pre-emptive customer service mode, from being simply reactive.

Key features and enhancements

The key features of the new StoneGate 4.2 product family include

• Restricted configuration and log view – allows MSPs to offer new services
• Inline serial clustering – scales IPS throughput in MSP or enterprise environment
• SOHO firewall support – centrally managed small WLAN firewall for remote offices
• Instant reports from log view and vice versa – easy to find trends and drill down to the cause of any issues
• New Multi-Link functionalities – cost effective Internet and VPN high availability
• Management centre high availability – disaster recovery site service

Learn more about StoneGate 4.2 solution for Managed Service Providers at http://www.stonesoft.com/en/products_and_solutions/solutions....

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 Centre 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
tiru@prompt-communications.com / sforge@prompt-communications.com

Or

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

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