Siemens has entered into a partnership with Secude IT Security. The partnership will enable both companies to capitalise on their technologies and coordinate marketing and sales efforts on a global scale.

Siemens' security solutions include an identity and access management suite based on the company's DirX product family, which it plans to combine with Secude's know-how in key management and single sign-on technology.

- Software solutions developer IdealX, has acquired Kotio's digital signature and proof management software. The software will be incorporated into the vendor's OpenTrust software suite.

- Kaspersky Lab will offer three new services in partnership with ScanSafe, a provider of web security services. The new services are webControl, webDefend and imDefend. ScanSafe already uses the Kaspersky Lab anti-virus engine in its web malware scanning and IM control services.

- SonicWall has opened a new research and development centre in Shanghai. The centre, based in Fudan Science Park, will be led by vice-general manager Zhong Chen and will employ graduates from nearby technology universities. Matthew Medeiros, the company's president and chief executive, said: "This new engineering facility is designed to help SonicWall in its efforts to make web usage safer by strengthening its capabilities in the delivery of advanced solutions to evolving threats."

- Explore IT, an IT support service for small and medium-sized enterprises, has signed an agreement to distribute Stonesoft's intrusion prevention and detection system, firewall and virtual private network technology. The deal will also allow Explore IT to resell Stonesoft's StoneGate security platform.

- NTT Communications is launching a new UTM managed security service to target businesses in Japan. The company will use Fortinet's network security systems and subscription services, including FortiGate, FortiManager and FortiGuard. NTT Communications provides information and communications technology solutions.