Paris, June 6th, 2013 - Stonesoft, the specialist in cyber security, and ESIEA, French state-recognized Graduate Engineering school, have signed an ETS (Educational Training Site) agreement to include Stonesoft ANSSI-qualified solution certification in the education curriculum of the school.

Stonesoft Firewall and IPS are highly effective in protecting IT systems against advanced cyber-attacks and have both been qualified by ANSSI, the French Security Agency:

• Firewall qualification dating to 22 December 2011 under the reference No. 3431/ANSSI/SR/RDL
• Certification for IPS ANSSI-CSPN-2013/01, followed by qualification on March 26th, 2013.

Leonard Dahan, the Director of Stonesoft France, believes that educational contracting with ESIEA is of prime importance: "We have an ongoing mission to strengthen relationships between business and education. Community-building is favored by this initiative, and we endorse the need for recognized experts to emerge on the national front, in accordance with recent government directives. Two technical schools, Velizy and Sophia Antipolis, already train dozens of future professionals annually, with skills they then carry directly over to industry. The agreement with ESIEA is an important milestone for us."

ESIEA Graduate School has built its reputation over a period spanning more than 50 years by providing high-level engineering training. The establishment offers two specialized Masters degrees (6-year courses), one on IT security taught in French in Paris, the other, "Network & Information Security", taught in English in Laval. Researchers of the school certified by Stonesoft will roll out the Stonesoft modules during the fifth course year.

Eric Filiol, ESIEA Research and Scientific Director, explains the objectives and benefits of the ETS agreement with Stonesoft: "At ESIEA we aim to reconcile the issues of cyberspace with business imperatives and theoretical teaching. At least 10 graduates in computer security each year will address market needs armed with practical knowledge on relevant products approved by the ANSSI. This venture provides both the operational and strategic opportunity to expand the skills of our youth. "
ESIEA N&IS 2014 alumni will hence include the first Master's graduates to possess Stonesoft certification.

About Stonesoft Corporation

Stonesoft Corporation (NASDAQ OMX: SFT1V) delivers software based, dynamic, customer-driven cyber security solutions that secure information flow and simplify security management. Stonesoft serves private and public sector organizations that require high availability, ease-of-management, compliance, dynamic security, protection of critical digital assets, and business continuity against today's rapidly evolving cyber threats. Stonesoft leads research into advanced cyber threats and the advanced evasion techniques (AETs) used in stealth, targeted cyber-attacks.

The company's product portfolio is based on one unified Security Engine software platform that is the power behind Stonesoft's next generation firewalls, intrusion and evasion prevention systems, and SSL VPN solutions. The Security Engine back-end is augmented by the Stonesoft Management Center front-end, which enables efficient management of entire networks and brings excellent situational awareness and operational cost savings.

Stonesoft's customer base covers more than 6,500 mid and large-sized organizations across various industries and geographical markets. Stonesoft has the highest customer retention rate in the industry due to low TCO, a flexible licensing model, and overall customer service excellence. Founded in 1990, the company's track record is well recognized and visionary by certifiers, industry analysts and demanding customers. The company's corporate headquarters are based in Helsinki, Finland.


ESIEA is an institution of higher education which provides a five-year course towards the French bac+5 "Ingénieur" degree (equivalent to a Master of Science or Master of Engineering and recognized as such by most international graduate schools).This degree is accredited by the CTI (Commission des Titres d'Ingénieurs / the official accreditation body of the French Ministry of Education).ESIEA has been providing excellence in education in the fields of Information Technology, Computer Science, Electronics and Automated Systems since 1958. There are now more than 6600 graduates worldwide. Our graduates are open to other cultures and able to work in globalized contexts. All students need to master English and are strongly encouraged to study another language. All students must perform a mandatory mission abroad (studies or work placement) to receive their degree.

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