SSH and eracom Partner To Provide High-Speed Cryptographic Processing With Digital Certificate Management
Posted on 20 November 2002.
Helsinki, Finland and Krefeld, Germany - Nov. 19, 2002 - SSH Communications Security (HEX:SSH1V), a world-leading developer of Internet security solutions, and eracom, a leading manufacturer and supplier of cryptographic hardware and software products, today announced a technology partnership that integrates eracom's protectserver orange Intelligent Cryptographic Adaptor with SSH Certifier(TM) to provide a critical layer of security for Certification Authority (CA) signing keys. SSH Certifier and protectserver orange will provide a scalable and manageable security solution for issuing digital certificates in heterogeneous environments ensuring strong authentication and encryption.

"We are pleased to partner with eracom to provide customers with scalable, manageable standards-based IT security solutions with strong authentication and encryption without compromising processor performance critical to high-speed applications," said Arto Vainio, president and CEO of SSH Communications Security Corp. "SSH Certifier's unique flexibility can be implemented by enterprises as a standalone CA, or by OEMs needing the added benefit of strong authentication and key management within their products with faster time to market, as well."

eracoms new generation of PCI Bus adapter and open standard software Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) enable robust security and management for servers and workstations with high-speed cryptographic capabilities without burdening the host's central processor, allowing optimal performance for faster transaction throughput. The private keys of the CA are accessed securely through the firmware on protectserver orange, based on the security architecture protectcore orange.

"We are pleased to work with SSH in offering our customers strong cryptography and the added benefit of authentication with SSH Certifier, overcoming the technological challenge of a robust security solution without performance degradation that can hinder the benefits of high speed networks," said Dr. Wolfgang Klemm, Chief Operating Officer of eracom. "Taking advantage of the technological synergies our companies share enabled a smooth integration of SSH Certifier into the eracom protectserver orange."

About SSH Certifier
SSH Certifier is an application software package for issuing and managing digital certificates in an enterprise or service provider environment. SSH Certifier is an ideal platform for hosting a managed multi-CA service environment with strong authentication and identification. SSH Certifier also features Web-based configuration tools, allowing network administrators to easily install and manage digital certificates from a central or remote location.

About eracom
For over 20 years eracom has been the international manufacturer and supplier of cryptography-based hardware and software products for uncompromising security systems. As a pioneer in the IT security industry, eracom offers worldwide security solutions for the growing IT security market, in areas such as banking, finance, government, military, stock exchange and the media. eracom is represented on three continents by a network of national subsidiaries. Forming long-term relationships, eracom has been looking after the global security needs of over 100 international blue chip customers together with its partners in Europe, Asia, Australia as well as North and South America.

About SSH Communications Security
SSH Communications Security, a world-leading supplier of Internet security solutions, offers a broad range of award-winning products designed to address the most critical security issues for businesses, financial institutions and governments worldwide. SSH's award-winning remote access software, SSH Secure Shell, the de facto standard for secure remote access and data transfer, and SSH Sentinel(TM), a feature-rich remote access VPN "smart" client are ideal solutions for securing wireline and wireless networks. The SSH Certifier(TM) product family provides a robust certification authority for flexible and strong authentication through digital certificates and tokens. The market-leading, award-winning SSH IPSec family of toolkits for OEMs and software developers enables fast time-to-market and reduced in-house development costs. SSH's customers include market leaders Compaq, Ericsson, Intel, Lucent Technologies, Nokia, RSA, and Sun Microsystems, among others. SSH is traded publicly on the Helsinki Exchanges under HEX:SSH1V. For more information, please visit www.ssh.com.





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