Finland’s Stonesoft first foreign producer to get highest level Russian certification

Stonesoft said its StoneGate firewall/VPN and IPS network security products are now approved for use by Russian government agencies, as well as commercial organizations. The company can now participate in tenders to supply information security products to the Russian government.

Stonesoft is working with its Russian partner, New Security Technologies, to manufacture information security products in Russia.

The FSTEK agency, which is part of the Russian Ministry of Defense, was set up in 2004 by presidential decree. In addition to licensing information security technology, the agency oversees the country’s export control regime, including controlling the export of dual-use technologies that can be used for both civilian and military applications.

The information security market in Russia is expected to grow 10% to 15% per year, according to Groteck Business Media. According to a 2009 survey, 43% of Russian companies said they were increasing their budgets for information security. In addition, more Russian consumers are expected to increase their purchases of information security products from foreign suppliers.

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