SSH Communications Security Unveils SSH User Key Management Solution

Solution is first new extension of its SSH Information Integrity Platform

April 26, 2012

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London, UK – April 24th, 2012: SSH Communications Security, known the world over as the inventors of the SSH protocol, unveiled today at Infosec 2012, London the first new extension of its SSH Information Integrity Platform, SSH User Key Management. The module will serve to provide enterprises the ability to identify, organise and maintain trust relationships of applications, user and service accounts to their respective target SSH and OpenSSH servers through the management of public and private keys.

In a separate announcement, SSH Communications has appointed HANDD, the International Security and Compliance specialist, as its distribution partner in Europe, Middle East and Asia. HANDD will operate an SSH centre of excellence that provides 24/7 global support to over 50 enterprise customers, including four of the UK’s largest banks.

“Enterprises most critical data and applications are often transported and housed on SSH and OpenSSH servers. Those enterprises using public key authentication to manage access to those servers are faced with a significant challenge today in terms of knowing who and what may access those servers. This is not only a major security and compliance risk, however it is also a cost issue, whereas many organisations manage this function manually with little or no oversight,” states Tatu Ylönen, CEO of SSH Communications Security.

The Universal SSH Key Manager will function as an extension of SSH’s ability to control and manage another facet of the SSH infrastructure already prevalent in today’s enterprises. SSH already has the ability to centrally manage configurations, deployments, policies and host keys for its own commercial Tectia SSH variant as well as OpenSSH.

“We are excited to work closely with our key customer pilots to ensure that we address the primary problems they face today in managing their SSH environment. We have approached solving this problem from the perspective that any solution we provide must improve process, decrease operational costs, mitigate the current risks they face in managing their SSH user keys and finally ensure that they are compliant under PCI-DSS, SOX and HIPAA standards,” summarised Matthew McKenna, Head of Sales and Marketing.

On the SSH Communications and HANDD partnership, Anthony Hodges, CEO HANDD commented: “Today SSH is one of the most widely used security protocols in the world with over 3000 global organisations using the data-in-transit solution for moving information. While organisations have enjoyed a robust security solution preventing both internal and external data losses, managing the SSH key overhead has become a colossal task.”

Continued Hodges: “Enterprises are facing huge manpower and cost implications as auditors demand regular host SSH key rotation as part of their security policy and a FTSE company is estimated to typically spends over $2 million a year managing this overhead. The arrival of SSH in the market will provide enterprises with a solution to manage the SSH overhead and significantly mitigate security risks.”

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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 Integrity 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 holds 15 patents and its shares are quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki.

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HANDD Business Solutions

HANDD are Independent Experts in the Provision of Data Centric Security and Compliance Solutions for some of the largest public and private sector companies across Europe, Middle East and Asia.

In partnership, with the world’s leading MFT software vendors HANDD offers its customers optimum visibility and control of their data exchanges and the best solution to meet business requirements. HANDD has a team of Data Security experts that provide design and installation project management, training, professional services and 24/7 technical support.

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