State of Washington Selects SSH Tectia for Secure Digital Archiving System

State of Washington Implements Break-through Archiving System to Store and

Retrieve Critical Records

Feb 28, 2005, 00:00 ET from SSH Communications Security

    HELSINKI, Finland and WELLESLEY, Mass., Feb. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
 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
 State of Washington has selected the SSH Tectia(TM) solution to ensure both
 internal and external security for the new digital archiving system to be used
 at the Washington State Digital Archives.
     The system, which is being implemented at the state's new archive
 management center in Cheney, Wash., uses the SSH Tectia client/server solution
 and SSH Tectia Manager to protect tens of thousands of state and local
 documents of multiple formats being accessed by remote locations throughout
 the state -- information that previously could only be found in its original
 form or on microfiche.  The Digital Archiving system also will help preserve
 the state's history while simplifying citizen transactions with state
     The state-of-the-art Digital Archiving system will ensure the authenticity
 of the record and protect the chain of custody by transmitting these documents
 using the SFTP (secure file transfer protocol) in SSH Tectia and x.509 digital
 certificates. This will enable state agencies to send and retrieve records
 such as birth and death certificates, state drivers' and other state documents
 in digital format, dramatically decreasing the time of request to delivery and
 increasing the efficiency of state employees using this system. This is just
 the beginning of other ground-breaking projects of this kind that will be
 implemented in the future with SSH Tectia, making the State of Washington the
 leader in cutting-edge technology and providing their citizens with
 unparalleled service.
     SSH Tectia Manager will allow the State of Washington to easily deploy,
 manage, maintain and perform auditing functions to internal and external
 hosts, easing the burden on IT resources, creating an attractive ROI.
     "Preserving and making valuable electronic public records more readily
 available has been a difficult and elusive service that the State of
 Washington must offer," said Adam Jansen, Digital Archivist for the State of
 Washington.  "With limited resources and tight state budgets, the challenge
 was how to send, retrieve and store millions of documents in an efficient
 manner while maintaining the authenticity of the records and guaranteeing the
 chain of custody. SSH Tectia was the only solution out of many that we
 extensively tested that provided everything we needed. SSH Tectia supported a
 wide variety of platforms, automated scripting and strong encryption and
 authentication ensuring the secure transmission of these critical documents."
    "We are excited to see SSH Tectia Manager and the client/server solution
 being used in demanding applications like the State of Washington's Digital
 Archiving project, along with traditional secure remote administration and
 file transfer," said George Adams, president and CEO of SSH Communications
 Security, Inc. "This is an excellent example of SSH's mission in providing our
 customers with a cost-effective solution in securing mission-critical data
 throughout the network, both internally and externally. We are pleased and
 honored that the State of Washington chose SSH Tectia for this first ever
 Digital Archiving environment."
     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 system administration, secure file transfer and secure
 application connectivity with centralized management throughout the internal
 and external network. SSH Tectia provides transparent strong encryption and
 authentication and easily integrates into heterogeneous, multi-platform
     About SSH Communications Security
     SSH Communications Security is a world-leading provider of enterprise
 security solutions and end-to-end communications security, and 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
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