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Press Release -- June 28th, 2011
Source: Verizon
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Siemens Chooses Verizon for Global Identity Authentication

MUNICH – Siemens AG, the German industrial conglomerate, has chosen a Verizon solution to authenticate users of Siemens’ communications systems, and thereby increase the security of its internal and external communications and Web application delivery.

Siemens’ in-house PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) solution and user identity certificates are now fully authorized by Verizon’s OmniRoot certificate chaining services, which are relied on by nearly all internet and phone browsers as well as e-mail clients and applications.

“It is increasingly difficult – but also increasingly important -- for global companies to enable and ensure secure communications,” said Rainer Henkelmann, chief information security officer of Siemens AG.  “A significant part of our business takes place online -- in an increasingly extended enterprise environment, with customers and suppliers, as well as our own employees – and we need to ensure that our data and information is secure. Verizon’s globally trusted solution and expertise have enabled us to build a secure environment that supports our global business needs while simultaneously decreasing our costs.”

The Verizon 2011 Data Breach Investigations Report demonstrates that ineffective, weak or stolen credentials continue to impact enterprise security.  For example, hacking by using stolen passwords and credentials has increased by 10 percent.  The failure of enterprises to change default credentials remains an issue, particularly in the financial services, retail and hospitality industries.

Verizon Business through its Terremark subsidiary offers managed security services; governance, risk and compliance solutions; data loss and prevention solutions; and identity management solutions, all delivered by the company’s more than 1,200 security professionals around the globe. More information is available by visiting http://www.verizonbusiness.com/products/security The company also provides ongoing security insight and analysis via the Verizon Security Blog

Verizon is a global leader in driving better business outcomes for enterprises and government agencies.  Verizon delivers integrated IT and communications solutions via its high-IQ global IP and mobility networks to enable businesses to securely access information, share content and communicate.  Verizon is rapidly transforming to a cloud-based "everything-as-a-service" delivery model that will put the power of enterprise-class solutions within the reach of every business.  Find out more at www.verizonbusiness.com

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the industry, energy and healthcare sectors. For over 160 years, Siemens has stood for technological excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality. The company is the world’s largest provider of environmental technologies. More than one-third of its total revenue stems from green products and solutions. In fiscal 2010, which ended on September 30, 2010, revenue from continuing operations (excluding Osram and Siemens IT Solutions and Services) totaled €69 billion and net income from continuing operations €4.3 billion. At the end of September 2010, Siemens had around 336,000 employees worldwide on the basis of continuing operations.

Further information is available on the Internet at: http://www.siemens.com

About Verizon
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, with more than 104 million total connections nationwide.  Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers seamless business solutions to customers around the world.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 196,000 and last year generated consolidated revenues of $106.6 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com

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