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SSH/SDS DEBUT SECURE FILE TRANSFER/FTP MANAGEMENT FOR IBM Z/OS.

SSH Communications Security (OMX:SSH1V), a world-leading provider of enterprise security solutions and end-to-end communications security, and the original developer of the Secure Shell protocol, and Software Diversified Services (SDS), a leading supplier of TCP/IP monitoring and file transfer solutions for IBM z/OS mainframes, have debuted a comprehensive encryption and secure File Transfer Protocol (FTP) automation solution for IBM mainframe customers. Through this partnership, SDS will distribute and support a bundled solution combining SSH Tectia* Server for IBM z/OS and the new SDS FTP Manager (SFM) 2.0 product.

Together, SSH Tectia and SFM 2.0 dramatically increase the level of security for enterprises conducting batch file transfers on IBM mainframes by combining robust data security with advanced monitoring and management functionality. The combined solution provides enterprise customers with near-effortless, snap-in SSH protocol-based encryption for FTP file transfers to and from IBM z/OS mainframes, without requiring any changes to Job Control Language (JCL) jobs, data files or application infrastructure. In addition, SFM 2.0 seamlessly integrates an IBM FTP client to the advanced security and encryption services of the SSH Tectia Server for IBM z/OS product.

"Together, SFM 2.0 and SSH Tectia offer the ideal combination of iron-clad secure file transfer and robust, yet easy to use FTP management capabilities for IBM z/OS environments," said Jim Lampi, vice president, SDS. "We are delighted to work with SSH to bring new levels of data security to our joint customers, enabling them to overcome all the security limitations and shortcomings of FTP."

"The SFM 2.0 solution builds upon SDS's strong reputation for delivering world-class IBM mainframe monitoring and file transfer solutions," said George Adams, CEO, SSH Communications Security, Inc. "Combining SSH Tectia with SFM 2.0 offers enterprise customers not only an unmatched level of data security, but also increased visibility into all IT security operations. Together, SFM and SSH Tectia enable IT managers to quickly and easily secure business-critical data in heterogeneous computing environments, while simultaneously ensuring compliance with a wide range of key government and industry data security regulations."

SSH Tectia Server for IBM z/OS is an advanced, cost-effective, secure file transfer and secure data-in-transit solution for IBM z/OS mainframes. It provides transparent FTP tunneling and automatic FTP to SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) conversion for fast, low-cost replacement of unsecure FTP in enterprise networks. Offering state-of-the-art encryption and authentication technologies, SSH Tectia allows enterprises to quickly and easily secure file transfers and data-in-transit between IBM mainframe, Windows, Unix, and Linux systems.

SFM 2.0 enables real-time monitoring of IBM z/OS mainframe batch file transfers, as well as secure traffic through SSH Tectia clients and servers via a single, intuitive GUI interface. SFM 2.0 automates FTP processes, secures individual FTP commands, and provides comprehensive audit trails to ensure compliance with key government regulations. In addition, it provides the FTP Control Language (FCL) for IBM mainframe batch jobs to log and retry failed transfers, while also alerting the attending operator when automated recovery fails. Working together, SSH and SDS will save programmers time and money by eliminating the need to alter JCL code to encrypt file transfers.

SSH Tectia ensures that file transfers being monitored by SFM 2.0 are protected against malicious threats. SFM 2.0 further addresses FTP security shortcomings by integrating the z/OS FTP server with mainframe System Authorization Facility (SAF) security (RACF, ACF2, or Top Secret).

The additional layer of security from SSH Tectia enables SFM 2.0 users to meet the stringent data security standards as required by government and industry regulations, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard), and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). SFM's robust monitoring and auditing of SFTP and Secure Copy (SCP) file transfers - the secure protocols used by SSH Tectia Server for IBM z/OS - provides powerful oversight, diagnostics and proof of regulatory compliance.

For more information, visit http://www.sdsusa.com/sfm/sfmTectia.htm.

About SSH Tectia

SSH Tectia is the leading end-to-end communications security solution for the enterprise. The SSH Tectia solution is based on the SSH Secure Shell and SSH's other industry-leading technologies used by millions worldwide. SSH Tectia enables secure file transfer, secure system administration, and secure application connectivity with centralized management throughout internal and external networks. SSH Tectia products provide transparent, strong encryption and authentication, and are available for all key enterprise platforms including Windows, Unix, Linux, and mainframes to easily integrate into heterogeneous network environments.

About SFM

SFM is the latest software offering from Software Diversified Services, makers of the Vital Signs IP Monitor (VIP) for z/OS - TCP/IP networks. SDS, founded in 1982, is noted for the highest quality software, documentation and technical support in the business.

About Software Diversified Services

Software Diversified Services (SDS), founded in 1982, is noted for the highest quality software, documentation and technical support in the business. SDS is a leading provider of enterprise software to over 1,500 users worldwide. For more than 20 years SDS has built a reputation for superior, affordable products and reliable technical support.

For more information, a free white paper, or a live demonstration by Webcast, see http://www.sdsusa.com/sfm, or write to sales@sdsusa.com.

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 since 1995 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, visit http://www.ssh.com or call 408/369-7200 ext. 1063.
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