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[December 14, 2012]

Stonesoft and Algerian Ministry of Post and Information & Communication Technologies enter cooperation

(Thomson Reuters ONE via COMTEX) -- Helsinki, Finland 2012 - December 14, 2012 - The network security company Stonesoft has signed a cooperation agreement with the Algerian Ministry of Post and Information & Communication Technologies (MPTIC) to raise awareness and knowledge about cybercrime and to provide academic security training in Algeria.

The cooperation agreement covers two aspects: raising awareness in the fight against cybercrime and academic cooperation in the field of network security. Stonesoft and MPTIC will host a seminar for a high-level Algerian delegation in charge of the fight against cybercrime.

In terms of the academic cooperation, three Stonesoft Academies will be established in Algeria to share best practices in network security training. In addition, a virtual classroom will be established at the Research Centre of Information Technology and Communication (CERTIC) of Sidi Abdellah to provide online courses by Finnish security experts. The Stonesoft Academy training will complement the academic training by Algerian universities and include also Stonesoft's certification exams.

"The fight against cybercrime requires awareness, competence and constant development to keep pace with the rapidly evolving technologies and threats. We are proud to provide the Algerian Ministry of Post and Information & Communication Technologies our latest knowledge and expertise in this area", says Ilkka Hiidenheimo, CEO of Stonesoft Corporation.

"Although the number and impact of cyber attacks has been quite minimal in Algeria until now, we must be prepared and make sure out networks are efficiently protected. Awareness in crucial, but it is just the first step. To efficiently fight cybercrime, international cooperation is required. We are very happy to cooperate with Stonesoft, a company with unique understanding, innovations and a long and respectable track record in the demanding area of network security", said Moussa Benhamadi, Minister of Post and Information & Communication Technologies, Algeria.

Contact: For additional information, please contact: Ilkka Hiidenheimo, CEO, Stonesoft Corporation Tel. +358 9 476 711 E-mail: ilkka.hiidenheimo@stonesoft.com Kim Fagernas, Vice President, APAC & Emerging Markets Stonesoft Corporation Tel. +358 9 476 711 E-mail: kim.fagernas@stonesoft.com About Stonesoft Stonesoft Corporation (NASDAQ OMX: SFT1V) delivers software based, dynamic and customer driven network security solutions that secure the information flow and simplify security management. The company's product portfolio consists of the industry's first transformable Security Engine, standalone next generation firewalls and intrusion prevention systems, and SSL VPN solutions. At the core lies Stonesoft's Management Center which unifies the management of entire networks.

Stonesoft serves private and public sector organizations requiring high availability, ease of management, compliance, dynamic security and protection of their critical digital assets and business continuity against today's rapidly evolving cyber threats. Stonesoft is a recognized researcher of advanced evasion techniques used in targeted cyber attacks to bypass security.

Stonesoft has the highest customer retention rate in the industry due to low TCO, ease of management, and overall customer excellence. Stonesoft's customer base covers more than 6,500 mid- or large-sized organizations across various industries and geographical markets.

Founded in 1990, the company's track record is well recognized by certifiers, industry analysts and demanding customers. The company's corporate headquarters are based in Helsinki, Finland and North American headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit www.stonesoft.com.

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Source: Stonesoft Oyj via Thomson Reuters ONE HUG#1664954

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