Nokia ensures safe connections for Victoria-Volksbanken Insurance


August 7, 2001 - Victoria-Volksbanken, an international insurance company, a subsidiary of Victoria International, Duesseldorf and Oesterreichische Volksbanken AG, responsible for its own subsidiaries in Eastern Europe, has successfully deployed Nokia's virtual private networks (VPN) and IP network security solutions as a critical element of their network infrastructure. With the deployment, Victoria-Volksbanken ensures safe communications between the head office, foreign subsidiaries and mobile employees.

Victoria-Volksbanken is using Nokia's IP Network Security Appliances as firewall platforms. Additionally, the company has deployed Nokia's dedicated VPN gateways to securely connect their subsidiaries located in Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, with the headquarters in Vienna.

"Connectivity requirements between offices and increased need for mobility made us turn to Nokia. During a comprehensive evaluation period, it became apparent that Nokia was an obvious choice for us in regard to quality, cost-effectiveness and performance," says Mr. Harbalik of Victoria-Volksbanken.

"Another important factor was that Nokia's solution will grow with the company. Scalability is a must because more and more business processes are carried out over IP networks. Nokia demonstrated to us that their VPN system can be extended without interruption, hassle or downtime," Mr. Harbalik continues. He is equally impressed by the ease-of-deployment of the Nokia solution.

"Installation was extremely smooth and quick. We managed to successfully implement and deploy the Nokia VPN solution into a branch office and have it up and running in less than one working day."

With the Nokia IP330 platform, Victoria-Volksbanken was able to create a secure tunnel from the headquarters in Vienna through the Internet via a fixed connection of over 500 Kbs to their subsidiaries. In remote offices, the dedicated Nokia CC500 VPN gateways help users leverage the company's administration applications running on a server located in the Vienna headquarters.

Nokia is committed to delivering the highest of standards in security, reliability, performance and confidence for its customers' needs. The Nokia IP network application platforms are designed to serve as critical network components. They deliver Internet access including virtual private networks and network security applications, such as firewall, in a high-performance package. Nokia's dedicated end-to-end VPN solutions are based on IPSec specification and patented IP Clustering technology. These award-winning appliances (December 12, 2000 Network World Fusion Reviews) provide high performance, unlimited network scalability and bulletproof reliability through Active Session Failover and Dynamic Load Balancing within a cluster of VPN Gateways. All solutions are fully backed by Nokia's global support "First Call-Final Resolution".

"Today, enterprises demand secure, reliable, and scalable communications. They are fundamental for network deployments of all sizes, and become even more critical for large data corporations or financially associated network environments", says Ernie Jones, vice president of sales, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Nokia Internet Communications. "Nokia is pleased to support Victoria-Volksbanken in building a comprehensive network security and VPN infrastructure which meets their highest demands and ensures rapid pay-back versus leased lines."

The Victoria-Volksbanken VPN and IP security platform deployment was undertaken by My PC Service GmbH, Nokia Internet Communications' value added reseller in Austria. My PC, located in Vienna, was established in 1995 and is a pioneer in Internet Security Applications and operates an Internet Security Center for managed firewall services.

About Victoria-Volksbanken
The Victoria-Volksbanken VersicherungsAG liaises closely with the Oesterreichischen Volksbanken AG in Austria and in other countries. The company is a specialist in the occupational and private pension insurance. A subsidiary company - the Victoria-Volksbanken Pensionskassen AG - offers additional occupational retirement pension insurances. The Victoria-Volksbanken VersicherungsAG offers its customers comprehensive coverage in different lines of insurance.

About Nokia
Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications. Backed by its experience, innovation, user-friendliness and secure solutions, the company has become the leading supplier of mobile phones and a leading supplier of mobile, fixed and IP networks. By adding mobility to the Internet, Nokia creates new opportunities for companies and further enriches the daily lives of people. Nokia is a broadly held company with listings on six major exchanges.

About Nokia Internet Communications
Nokia Internet Communications, headquartered in Mountain View, California, provides world class Network Security and Virtual Private Network solutions that ensure the security and reliability of corporate enterprise and managed service provider networks. Nokia is committed to enhancing the end user experience by bringing a new level of security and reliability to the network, enabling an Internet transaction that is personal and trusted -- each and every time. For more information, please visit http://www.nokia.com and click on Secure Network Solutions.


Further information:

Victoria-Volksbanken Versicherungsaktiengesellschaft
A-1013 Vienna, Schottengasse 10
Tel. +43 1 313 41-0
www.victoria.at

My PC Service GmbH, Vienna
Tel. +43 1 7963 58812
www.mypc.at

Nokia Internet Communications Europe, Middle East & Africa
Tel. +358 40 830 1108 and +44 7788 145460