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Stonesoft provides grid network security for CERN openlab Flagship CERN project provides unique, invaluable research experience
for Stonesoft in securing highly sensitive data across grid environments
London, UK – 01 June, 2006 - Stonesoft, an innovative provider of integrated network security and business continuity solutions, has established an enviable research partnership with CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research), the world’s largest particle physics laboratory and the birthplace of the world wide web. This rare opportunity will enable the security specialist to evaluate the performance of its award-winning security technology across grid networks of an unprecedented scale.
Stonesoft will provide network security products and licences to the CERN openlab – a framework CERN has created for testing and integrating innovative technologies or services in partnership with leaders in the IT industry, focusing on potential applications for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) Computing Grid. The openlab invites a very few select partners to contribute systems with which CERN can oversee high-performance evaluations across its unique advanced integrated environment.
As part of the latest phase of openlab, CERN has launched a specific computer security initiative, investigating the fields of malware protection, anti-spyware, intrusion detection, and intrusion prevention. The NetGate project, coordinated by the Helsinki Institute of Physics, was instrumental in ensuring Stonesoft was chosen to be the sole contributor of network security products, with another Finnish company, F-Secure, providing interoperable client security software.
Francois Grey, communications manager for IT at CERN explained further the motivation behind the CERN openlab framework, and Stonesoft’s involvement: “The LHC being built at CERN will record petabytes of data each year that must be securely stored and accessed by more than 7000 scientists worldwide. This represents a sizeable computing challenge, employing grid technology to distribute data at high rates to other computer centres strategically placed around the globe, with around a dozen major centres backing up data and over 100 centres further processing and analysing that information.”
Although considerable effort has gone into ensuring this grid is a secure computing environment, the weakest link in the chain remains local security on any given site open to visiting scientists and other staff. For this reason CERN is always looking for ways to add robust security and test and validate new security technologies and methods. Stonesoft will be involved in CERN’s testing environment over the next two years, and will be able to see how its products perform in the context of a huge global grid effort, in what is essentially an R&D partnership.
This project represents an extremely prestigious and exciting opportunity for Stonesoft. The LHC will become the largest scientific instrument on the planet when it begins operation in 2007. Over 1GB of data per second, or roughly 15 petabytes per year will be created by the outcome of particle collisions around the 27km underground facility in Geneva, due to run for around a decade. The LHC Computing Grid will build and maintain a storage and analysis infrastructure for this huge repository of data to be accessed by thousands of users in parallel, benefiting the entire high energy physics community and revealing information related to the fundamental structure of the universe.
Ilkka Hiidenheimo, CEO of Stonesoft said: “We are very proud to collaborate with CERN on this project. It is a huge opportunity to deploy and observe our technology in a unique open grid network environment. Stonesoft will gain invaluable experience of the challenges of next-generation networking. Our new insights and key findings will help us to develop our technology even further to respond to tomorrow’s network security challenges. This partnership proves that StoneGate technology is spearheading innovation and adaptability at the forefront of the network security industry.”
Stonesoft’s StoneGate Security Platform blends in-depth network security and end-to-end availability into a unified and centrally managed system for distributed enterprises where security, uptime and ease of use are key. It seamlessly unifies firewall, VPN and IPS. The Management Center allows users to manage and administer all these components remotely through a single console. Security gateway clustering, load-balancing and Stonesoft’s patented multi-homing technology Multi-Link, which ensures continuous internet availability and fault-tolerant VPN tunnels, are all standard features within the StoneGate family of solutions. StoneGate is available as a family of security appliances as well as a software solution supporting a range of hardware platforms.
For additional information about the StoneGate Security Platform, please visit: www.stonesoft.com/products
Stonesoft Corporation (HEX: SFT1V) is an innovative provider of integrated network security and business continuity. Stonesoft is a global company focused on enterprise level customers requiring advanced network security and always-on business connectivity with low TCO, best price-to-performance ratio, and highest ROI.
StoneGate™ Security Platform unifies firewall, VPN and IPS, blending network security, end-to-end availability and award-winning load balancing into a unified and centrally managed system for distributed enterprises.
Founded in 1990, Stonesoft Corporation has corporate headquarters in Helsinki, Finland; Americas headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia; and Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore.
About CERN openlab
CERN is the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, the world's largest particle physics centre. It sits astride the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva. CERN is a laboratory where scientists unite to study the building blocks of matter and the forces that hold them together. CERN exists primarily to provide them with the necessary tools. These are accelerators, which accelerate particles to almost the speed of light and detectors to make the particles visible. Founded in 1954, the laboratory was one of Europe's first joint ventures and includes now 20 Member States.
The CERN openlab is a collaboration between CERN and industrial partners to develop data-intensive grid solutions to be used by the worldwide community of scientists working at the next-generation Large Hadron Collider. These experiments will generate enormous amounts of data - several million gigabytes a year - and will require a computing environment thousands of times more powerful and functional than anything running on today's internet.
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