SSH Certifier Authenticates Users for Siemens, Finnish Defence Forces

6/5/2003 - SSH Communications Security, a world-leading developer of managed security middleware, announced that Siemens Finland has licensed SSH CertifierTM. Siemens Finland will issue certificates to be used with the SAP Business Suite service center of The Finnish Defence Forces, providing accurate electronic authentication for all ERP users.

Siemens Finland has signed a service agreement with The Finnish Defence Forces to host SAP Business Suite ERP solution. Under this agreement, Siemens Finland can issue and manage digital certificates with SSH Certifier. SSH Certifier will help ensure that all ERP users are authenticated using the highest level of Certification Authority (CA) and Registration Authority (RA) components available today. The SAP Business Suite solution was first implemented in January 2003 by the Finnish Navy to provide digital certificates for 3500 users.

Electronic personalization of employee smart cards, and enrolment of digital certificates is carried out with SSH Token MasterTM software. Additionally, SSH AccessionTM desktop software will be integrated to the SAP Client software enabling the smart card based sign-on to other applications.

“SSH Certifier offers The Finnish Defence Forces the highest level of authentication to secure their ERP environment”, said Arto Vainio, CEO of SSH Communications Security Corp. “This will allow Siemens to easily deploy and scale their PKI by using strong, cutting edge authentication technology.”

“IT security creates trust, and SSH Certifier brings strong, customized levels of authentication for various user needs”, said Jukka P Sormunen, Key Account Director of Finnish Defence Forces at Siemens Finland. “Siemens can meet those authentication needs using adaptable security offerings.”

About SSH CertifierTM
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 SSH Communications Security
SSH Communications Security, a world-leading supplier of managed security middleware, 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 SentinelTM, a feature-rich remote access VPN “smart” client are ideal solutions for securing wireline and wireless networks. The SSH CertifierTM 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 is traded publicly on the Helsinki Exchanges under HEX:SSH1V. For more information, please visit

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