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TMCNet:  Stonesoft announces the world's first all-terrain, military-grade next generation firewall

[December 11, 2012]

Stonesoft announces the world's first all-terrain, military-grade next generation firewall

(Thomson Reuters ONE via COMTEX) -- The rugged and portable MIL-320 appliance is military level certified for high performance in extreme temperatures, wet, mud and dust Press release Helsinki, Finland - 11 December 2012 - The network security vendor Stonesoft today announced the new Stonesoft MIL-320 Next Generation Firewall/VPN appliance that provides military-grade network security in a rugged go-anywhere unit. Today's information security is more and more deployed outside controlled datacenters and other stable environments and needs to function also in extreme conditions. The MIL-320 utilizes Stonesoft's thorough data stream-based normalization and deep inspection across all protocols and network layers to detect and prevent cyber attacks, including those delivered by Advanced Evasion Techniques.


The MIL-320 appliance packs AET-resistant, high performance network security into a tough and compact form, certified for high performance operations in extreme temperatures, wet, mud and dust. Each unit is small, heavy duty, resistant to bumps and shocks, and available in black or military green. The MIL-320 is highly portable, quick to configure, and ready for planned or rapid deployments.

Secure communication with MIL-certified battlefield readiness Armed forces have a particular, life-saving need for the rapid mass deployment of security appliances in hostile conditions. Modern military operations increasingly demand secure networks for the command, control and administration of deployed forces.

Signals and network defense specialists in the modern military are required to facilitate distributed operations with robust, secure, high-performance networks that enable situational awareness, reliable communications, and even collaborative working and office tools in the field. The Stonesoft MIL-320 is straightforward to deploy in mechanized forces, infantry or in fixed installations.

MIL-320 offers industry-leading protection against sophisticated attacks and includes a WLAN and ad-hoc mesh network support for resilient, strongly encrypted local communication links and data transfer between deployed units. The solution provides also unique features like the capability for using custom encryption ciphers from a connected USB stick.

Securing critical networks can save lives Industrial digital networks, especially those of utilities, like power generation and water supply, or transport infrastructure, are vital to our way of life. Securing these critical networks in the face of increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks can save lives.

With the Stonesoft MIL-320, robust military-grade cyber security is possible - and easy to configure and manage - even in the most hostile environments, where freezing temperatures, sand or moisture renders lesser appliances useless. In storm force conditions on the dockside, at temporary border crossings, in law enforcement, remote depots, major events, underground rail links, on land and sea, intelligent network security is vital to protect the data flow, safety and wellbeing of businesses and societies.

Efficient protection against Advanced Evasion Techniques (AETs) Stonesoft has pioneered world-leading research into Advanced Evasion Techniques (AETs) - the sophisticated exploit delivery methods used by hackers, cyber criminals and nation states to stealthily bypass conventional network security appliances.

All Stonesoft products utilize thorough data stream based normalization and inspection across all protocols and network layers - to detect AETs and prevent perimeter penetration. Tests of rival security products easily reveal their fundamental flaws and failure to detect AETs. The network security industry is still relying on "fingerprint" analysis of known exploit signatures -putting lives and businesses at risk. The Stonesoft MIL-320, like all Stonesoft solutions, is AET-ready. The MIL-320 offers superb network throughput performance and is ready for any environment - in single or mass deployment.

"With the MIL-320, network security can now be made available at locations and conditions where this has never been possible before", said Antti Kuvaja, Director, Product Management at Stonesoft. "The appliance differs from traditional enterprise next generation firewall/IPS solutions through its water and dust shielding capabilities, resistance to bumps, shocks and vibrations and wide operating temperature range. You can drop it from the helicopter or drive over it with a tank and you will stay secured. Moreover, the solution beats traditional military solutions with its unseen combination of the latest network security, centralized management and better performance. It offers also much better environmental protection, security and strong inspection capabilities and performance than traditional industrial solutions. In short, the MIL-320 is first of its kind and unbeatable, literally." Availability The Stonesoft MIL-320 is available for shipping in the beginning of 2013.

Images: Stonesoft MIL-320 appliance Images: www.stonesoft.com/en/press_and_media/brand_place/appliance_photos/ Contact For more information, please contact: Antti Kuvaja Director of Product Management Stonesoft Corporation Tel. +358 9 476 711 E-mail: antti.kuvaja (at) stonesoft.com About Stonesoft Stonesoft Corporation (NASDAQ OMX: SFT1V) delivers software based, dynamic and customer driven network security solutions that secure the information flow and simplify security management. The company's product portfolio consists of the industry's first transformable Security Engine, standalone next generation firewalls and intrusion prevention systems, and SSL VPN solutions. At the core lies Stonesoft's Management Center which unifies the management of entire networks.

Stonesoft serves private and public sector organizations requiring high availability, ease of management, compliance, dynamic security and protection of their critical digital assets and business continuity against today's rapidly evolving cyber threats. Stonesoft is a recognized researcher of advanced evasion techniques used in targeted cyber attacks to bypass security.

Stonesoft has the highest customer retention rate in the industry due to low TCO, ease of management, and overall customer excellence. Stonesoft's customer base covers more than 6,500 mid- or large-sized organizations across various industries and geographical markets.

Founded in 1990, the company's track record is well recognized by certifiers, industry analysts and demanding customers. The company's corporate headquarters are based in Helsinki, Finland and North American headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit www.stonesoft.com.

This announcement is distributed by Thomson Reuters on behalf of Thomson Reuters clients.

The owner of this announcement warrants that: (i) the releases contained herein are protected by copyright and other applicable laws; and (ii) they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.

Source: Stonesoft Oyj via Thomson Reuters ONE HUG#1664018

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