F-Secure Corporation

F-Secure Corporation

July 12, 2005 09:16 ET

F-Secure Protects Canadian ISP Customers from the Bad Guys; Signs Shaw, Cogeco, Telebec and Access Communications

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(CCNMatthews - Jul 12, 2005) -

F-Secure® Corporation (HEX:FSC), a worldwide leader in antivirus and spyware protection for ISP customers, today announced its fourth Canadian ISP customer win. F-Secure entered the Canadian market a mere six months ago and is now offering security-as-a-service protection to more than 1.6 million ISP customers throughout Canada, which makes F-Secure the largest outsourced security provider in the country.

F-Secure's four Canadian ISP customers represent approximately 30% of high speed Internet users in Canada, and include Shaw Communications, Inc. (TSX:SJR.NV.B), Cogeco Cable (TSX:CCA.SV), Telebec Internet and Access Communications Co-operative Limited. By providing outsourced Internet Security Services, powered by F-Secure, to Canadian ISP customers as part of their monthly subscriptions, these ISP customers do not need to worry about maintaining and updating their security software. F-Secure's Software-as-a-Service™ automatically checks for updates on an hourly basis, ensuring that customers are always protected against the latest virus attacks or spam schemes. The security service is backed by F-Secure's award-winning antivirus labs located in Finland and California.

ISPs choose F-Secure because of its proven track record in providing outsourced security services to ISPs and because F-Secure is consistently the fastest security vendor to respond to new threats -- which protects both customers and ISP networks from damaging down time. F-Secure's comprehensive Internet Security Services for ISP customers includes anti-virus, personal firewall, parental control anti-spam and anti-spyware.

F-Secure has been providing outsourced Security-as-a-Service to ISPs for more than five years and is the world's fastest growing company in this market. Customers include more than 70 ISPs around the globe.

Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.NV.B) currently delivers its new security services, powered by F-Secure, under the 'Shaw Secure' brand. Shaw Secure is included for all Shaw Internet customers at no charge on up to three PCs.

Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified Canadian communications company whose core business is providing broadband cable television, Internet, Digital Phone, telecommunications services (through Big Pipe Inc.) and satellite direct-to-home services (through Star Choice Communications Inc.) to approximately 3.0 million customers. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is a member of the S&P/TSX 60 index (Symbol: TSX - SJR.NV.B, NYSE - SJR).

Cogeco Cable (CCA.SV) provides its customers and their families with access to a more secure environment, adding significant value to their High Speed Internet service. All Cogeco Standard and Pro High Speed Internet customers have access, at no additional cost, to Cogeco Internet Security Services, powered by F-Secure's. Internet Lite customers have access to this service for a small monthly fee. Cogeco Cable is the second largest cable operator in both Ontario and Quebec, and ranks fourth in Canada in terms of the number of basic service customers it serves. Cogeco Cable provides about 1,344,000 revenue generating units to about 1,435,000 households passed within its service territory. Through its two-way broadband cable infrastructure, Cogeco Cable provides its residential and commercial customers with analog and digital video and audio services, high-speed Internet access as well as digital telephony service. Cogeco Cable's subordinate voting shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Telebec Internet launched "Internet Security Services" for its residential and business customers to protect workstations against viruses, spyware, hackers, spam, pop-ups, and Internet auto-dialers. The service can also allow block access to web sites with inappropriate or offensive content. F-Secure Corporation provides real-time automatic security software updates, without any intervention from the user.

With its some 780 employees, Telebec and its subsidiaries offer integrated and innovative telecommunications and multimedia solutions to customers in 300 Quebec municipalities. Telebec's 750,000 square metre territory is limited to the north by James Bay, to the south by the American border (Venise-en-Quebec), to the west by Shawville and St-Andre-Avellin in the Outaouais and to the east by the Iles-de-la-Madeleine. Web site: www.telebec.qc.ca.

Access Communications Co-operative Limited is the 7th largest cable television provider in Canada. It also provides Internet and wireless cellular services to subscribers across Saskatchewan, and will offer the F-Secure-backed security service as an additional option.

A 100% Saskatchewan-owned non-profit co-operative, Access has a mandate to reinvest 100% of its earnings back in the communities it serves. Combined, the cable company has over 400 employees and volunteers serving 31 communities including Regina, Yorkton and area, Estevan, Weyburn, North Battleford and area, and Meadow Lake.


F-Secure Corporation (HEX:FSC) is the fastest growing company globally in the antivirus and intrusion prevention industry with more than 50% revenue growth in the first nine months of 2004. F-Secure services and software protect individuals and businesses against computer viruses and other threats coming through the Internet or mobile networks. Our award-winning solutions include antivirus and desktop firewall with intrusion prevention, antispam and antispyware solutions. Our key strength is our proven speed of response to new threats. For businesses our solutions feature a centrally managed and well integrated suite of solutions for workstations and servers alike. Focused partners offer security as a service for those companies that do not wish to build security expertise in-house.

Founded in 1988, F-Secure has been listed on the Helsinki Exchanges since 1999. We have our headquarters in Helsinki, Finland, and offices in USA, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Japan. F-Secure is supported by a global ecosystem of service partners, value added resellers and distributors in over 50 countries. F-Secure protection is also available through mobile handset manufacturers such as Nokia and as a service through major Internet Service Providers worldwide.

The latest real-time virus threat scenario news are available at the F-Secure Antivirus Research Team weblog at http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/.

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