Oct 15 2012 02:00 pm

SSH Communications Security Inks Enterprise-Wide Deal with Top 10 Insurance Company to Secure Mainframe Infrastructure

Tectia SSH for zOS Selected to Eliminate Unsecure FTP and Solve Compliance and Security Issues Related to Legacy Architecture in the Mainframe Environment

HELSINKI, Finland and WELLESLEY, Mass.– Oct. 15, 2012 –SSH Communications Security, known the world over as the inventor of the secure shell protocol, has signed an enterprise-wide agreement with a top 10 U.S. insurance company to deliver licenses, maintenance and support to secure its entire mainframe infrastructure.

"Facing growing overhead costs and increasing security and compliance issues, this customer made the decision to move away from their existing patchwork of legacy file transfer solutions and select an SSH solution," said David Rivard, z/OS product & channel manager. SSH's mainframe offerings are uniquely positioned to help customers meet compliance and security objectives by eliminating unsecure FTP on the mainframe. The customer found that the product's unique ability to convert FTP to SSH/SFTP on-the-fly was especially critical for resolving its legacy application connectivity security and compliance issues.

"This is the fourth major deal we have signed this year with a top 10 bank or insurance company," said Tatu Ylonen, SSH CEO. "Our many years of experience, knowledge and specialization in this vertical market reinforce our commitment to our customers by helping them achieve better security and compliance – while simultaneously driving down costs – in an ever-evolving data security landscape."

SSH's mainframe solutions, which include Tectia SSH for z/OS and Tectia SSH for Linux on SystemZ, enable customers to automatically encrypt their unsecure clear text FTP transfers to and from their mainframe, Windows, Linux and Unix (AIX and Solaris) environments transparently and with no application or process changes. This ability to interoperate with legacy architecture means customers can quickly close longstanding open audit items and enhance their security posture without having to "rip and replace" existing business critical architecture.

"This new partnership demonstrates strong customer validation that our strategy is driving real value in the areas of cost, risk and compliance," said Matthew McKenna, head of global sales and marketing for SSH. "In addition to an increase in demand for these solutions, our discussions with security teams, auditors and compliance officers reveal that the requirements for secure file transfer on the mainframe are proliferating. Due to increasing cross-platform access to the mainframe from Windows, Unix and Linux environments, we are pursuing our goal of raising awareness of the need to implement best practices-based mainframe key management and audit capabilities among the IT security manager and auditor communities."

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About SSH Communications Security

Founded in 1995, SSH Communications is the company that invented the SSH protocol - the gold standard protocol for data-in-transit security solutions. Today, over 3,000 customers across the globe, including 7 of the Fortune 10, trust our Information Assurance Platform to secure the path to their information assets. We enable and enhance business for thousands of customers in multiple industries in the private and public sectors around the world. We operate in the Americas, Europe, and APAC regions, with headquarters located in Helsinki, Finland. The company shares (TEC1V) are quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. 

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