SOURCE: AEP Networks

December 11, 2006 09:00 ET

AEP Networks Joins Microsoft Network Access Protection (NAP) Program

Complementary Solutions Offer Edge-to-Core Policy Enforcement

SOMERSET, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 11, 2006 -- AEP Networks, a leader in policy-based networking, today announced the company has joined the Microsoft Network Access Protection (NAP) Program. AEP will develop products to the emerging Microsoft Network Access Protection architecture, and the two companies will work together to deliver solutions that protect corporate assets, control the spread of viruses and ensure policy compliance.

AEP's Policy Networking products link identity with policy to enable secure application and resource access, from the enterprise edge to the core. The AEP product suite provides a complementary layer of application and resource access -- a consistent identity-driven network access policy throughout the network -- to the Microsoft Network Access Protection client system health validation process.

Network Access Protection is a policy enforcement technology built into the Windows Vista and Windows Server, codenamed "Longhorn," operating systems that allows customers to better protect network assets from unhealthy computers by enforcing compliance with network health policies. Microsoft's Network Access Protection technology is publicly available with trial versions of Windows Vista, and available to select partners and customers with Beta 2 of the future version of Windows Server, codenamed "Longhorn."

"Through collaboration with vendors such as AEP Networks, Microsoft Network Access Protection can deliver a more comprehensive solution that protects corporate assets by improving protection," said Mike Schutz, Group Product Manager -- Security and Access, Microsoft Corp. "AEP Network's participation allows customers to defend against more types of attacks that threaten today's IT operations."

AEP will use Microsoft Network Access Protection as the foundation for development of new network security products. As a suite of complementary solutions, interoperating with existing infrastructure systems, AEP Policy Networking enables organizations to enforce policies that govern network admission as well as user visibility and access to high-value resources.

"We are developing our products to support Microsoft Network Access Protection, ensuring interoperability as the industry continues to evolve," commented Reginald P. Best, EVP/GM of AEP Networks' Application Security Business. "The ability to determine the health status of a client, and to restrict resource access based on identity-driven policies established by IT is now expanding beyond the 'edge' domain of SSL VPN remote access to the 'core' -- connection by devices via local Ethernet and wireless LAN infrastructures."

About AEP Networks

AEP Networks offers a comprehensive Policy Networking solution that provides complete security starting at the endpoints and working throughout a network -- from the edge to the core. AEP's integrated portfolio of security products includes network admission control enforcement points, identity-based application security gateways, SSL VPNs, high assurance IPSec-based VPN encryptors, and hardware security modules for key management. Our products address the most demanding security requirements of public-sector organizations and commercial enterprises internationally. The company is headquartered in Somerset, New Jersey, with offices worldwide.

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