Nokia acquires security business from TeamWare

Nokia has agreed to acquire the security software business from Fujitsu subsidiary TeamWare Group, Nokia announced yesterday.

The acquisition will close in about a month, according to Nokia. The company hopes the purchase will strengthen its ability to develop secure network access for its wireless LAN (local area network) service.

"The main issue that we acquired is the security knowledge," said Jyrki Rosenberg, communications manager for Nokia Ventures Organisation. The move also adds 30 TeamWare employees to Nokia, he added.

In the deal, Nokia will acquire TeamWare security technology including TeamWare Intranet Security Server (TWISS), secure client and smartcard handling technologies. TWISS provides remote and mobile users with a secure connection to intranets through encryption and authentication. The technology supports both LANs and WANs (wide area networks).

"Our customers will gain an increased level of expertise," Rosenberg said. "This technology allows encryption between a remote user and the office, so he can connect with his intranet securely."

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