09-29-2009 09:28 PM CET - IT, New Media & Software

Helsinki University of Technology chooses Outpost24’s OUTSCAN to conduct study on network security in Finland

Press release from: Outpost24 AB
The Technology Leader in Vulnerability Assessment and Management
The Technology Leader in Vulnerability Assessment and Management
KARLSKRONA, Sweden – September 25, 2009 – Outpost24, The Technology Leader in Vulnerability Assessment and Management, today announced that the Software Business Research Unit (SBL) of the Helsinki University of Technology (TKK) has begun a study on the state of network security in businesses in Finland using Outpost24’s OUTSCAN solution. The study is conducted by the SBL during autumn 2009 in cooperation with the BIT research center.

The Helsinki University of Technology has selected Outpost24’s OUTSCAN to conduct the scans for the study. OUTSCAN is an automated service used to discover vulnerabilities in a network, providing a report with identified vulnerabilities that are rated and combined with a recommended remedy. OUTSCAN has an extensive vulnerability database which is updated on a daily basis and is aligned with the CVE (Common Vulnerability and Exposures) standard for information security vulnerability names. OUTSCAN also has several mechanisms in place to ensure an effective yet non-intrusive scan towards the targeted networks, minimizing any possible network interruptions.

During the study, OUTSCAN will be run on all the participating company’s networks as authorized. At the end of the study an anonymous summary of the results will be published by TKK. All participating companies will also receive an individual network perimeter security assessment by OUTSCAN. The Finnish national Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-FI) recommends that Finnish companies participate in the survey.

“All company-specific information will be held strictly confidential. Each participating company receives a report which contains information on how to effectively patch the identified vulnerabilities and how to improve their IT network security.” says SBL Project Manager, Christian Frühwirth.

The research project is being conducted to help Finnish companies improve their IT security level and practice taking the appropriate measures to protect their sensitive data. The results will be available by the end of 2009 with a plan to review the Finnish network security status annually.

The TKK Software Business Laboratory is one of the leading research units in Finland in the area of software business and headed by Prof. Jussi Autere. Among other things, SBL is well known for its annual Finnish software industry survey OSKARI. The Laboratory also provides undergraduates education and postgraduate education leading to a Doctoral degree. www.sbl.tkk.fi

Outpost24 is the technology leader in on-demand vulnerability assessment and management solutions with over 1,000 corporate and government customers, including Travelex, Delta Lloyd Group, ING Life Limited and Deloitte. Outpost24 is headquartered in Sweden with a global network of local sales offices. Outpost24 delivers security solutions in a Software-as-a-Service (OUTSCAN® & OUTSCAN PCI®) or Appliance (HIAB®) form factor. Outpost24’s solutions provide fully automated network vulnerability scanning, easily interpreted reports, and vulnerability management tools. OUTSCAN PCI® is the ideal tool for businesses of all sizes to achieve and demonstrate PCI DSS compliance. www.outpost24.com

Public Relations Contact:
Anders Persson
Outpost24 AB

Campus Gräsvik 24

SE-371 75 Karlskrona

+46 (0)455 61 23 00


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