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Helsinki City Library Selected SSH Tectia for Securing Data Communications in the Customer Workstation Service


September 26, 2006

SSH Tectia Secures All File Transfers and Terminal Connections Throughout the Library Network

SSH Communications Security (HEX:SSH1V), a world-leading provider of enterprise security solutions and end-to-end communications security, and the original developer of the Secure Shell protocol, today announced that the Helsinki City Library has chosen SSH Tectia for securing connections on all workstations in its public library workstation network. With the deployment of the solution, the library’s 500,000 customers in the greater Helsinki area can safely access network services from public customer workstations at the main and branch libraries by using their library card and assigned password for secure login.

Helsinki City Library was looking for a replacement of an existing FTP-based (File Transfer Protocol) file transfer product, which was installed on all of its 350 public Windows-based customer workstations. The goal of the project was to find a security solution that would ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and authenticity of both file transfers and terminal connections throughout the workstation network.

During August, after rigorous technical product evaluation, Helsinki City Library deployed SSH Tectia Client on customer workstations in all of its branch networks. The SSH Tectia solution was provided by a local system integrator partner, Fujitsu Services Oy. At a later stage, Helsinki City Library is planning to support national ID cards, issued by the Finnish Population Register Centre, for stronger user authentication when accessing the library services. SSH Tectia enables the planned integration with its broad support for third-party authentication systems including smart card –based PKI (Public-Key Infrastructure).

“As a significant provider of a public network access through workstations, Helsinki City Library strives for high-quality customer service, placing special emphasis on data security of the users,” says Olli Savonen, IT manager, Helsinki City Library. “Versatility and ease of maintenance were among the key reasons why we chose SSH Tectia for securing the workstation network.”

”Helsinki City Library has been a global pioneer in providing electronic library services based on Internet technologies,” says Arto Vainio, CEO of SSH Communications Security Corp. “We believe that SSH Tectia is a perfect match for the library’s sophisticated applications, ensuring security of data in transit throughout the library network.”

For more information on the Helsinki City Library’s workstation service for customers, please visit:

Helsinki City Library
Helsinki City Library is the central library of the public libraries in Finland. It has 40 branch libraries in Helsinki and close to 500,000 customers in the capital area. Helsinki City Library provides a fundamental service available to all citizens. As a part of the worldwide network of libraries, it offers customers unrestricted access to sources of culture and information. Helsinki City Library was the first library in the world providing Internet services to its customers already in 1994. In 2000, the library was awarded by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation the first annual Access to Learning Award for its outstanding practices in increasing access for all people to computers and the Internet. For more information, please visit

About SSH Communications Security
SSH Communications Security is a world-leading provider of enterprise security solutions and end-to-end communications security, and the original developer of the Secure Shell protocol. The company’s SSH Tectia solution addresses the most critical needs of large enterprises, financial institutions, and government agencies. With SSH Tectia, organizations can cost-effectively secure their system administration, file transfers and application connectivity against both internal and external security risks. As the original developer of the Secure Shell protocol and other key network security technologies, SSH has for 10 years developed end-to-end communications security solutions specifically for the enterprise. Currently more than 100 of Global Fortune 500 companies are using SSH security solutions. SSH shares are quoted on the Helsinki Exchanges Main List. For more information, please visit


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