SOURCE: AEP Networks

November 12, 2007 03:00 ET

AEP Networks and BeCrypt Join Forces to Offer Agile Trusted Mobile Working

USB-Based Technology Combined With VPN Enables Secure Access in Unmanaged Environments

LONDON--(Marketwire - November 12, 2007) - AEP Networks, the leader in policy-based networking, and BeCrypt, a leading supplier of data protection and encryption products, announce a joint solution which offers self-contained, temporary security for un-trusted hosts in un-managed environments. The joint offering is comprised of the AEP SmartGate application layer VPN and Trusted Client, BeCrypt's USB device-based operating system technology. The companies have combined their technologies to create a solution particularly suited to government and federal IT infrastructure, as it can re-create specific levels of security accreditation on third party devices instantly with an encrypted workspace.

"This joint offering allows workers increased flexibility and agility as they can work securely from any computer in any location, including remote locations even via satellite," said Stephen Lewis, VP Business Development for AEP Networks. "By issuing Trusted Client USB devices for use on home or third party machines in conjunction with our VPN offering, network managers can instantly re-deploy their workforce without risking a drop in established security policies."

Trusted Client provides a safe, configurable and bootable operating system and workspace for remote endpoint PCs via a fully encrypted USB memory stick. Its functionality can be customised to provide a thin-client, a range of basic applications, and/or endpoint inspection, as required. The media on which Trusted Client resides is fully encrypted. BeCrypt's Trusted Client solution has been designed to meet stringent government security standards and has been approved by the UK Government.

AEP SmartGate is a FIPS certified identity-based access management security product designed for rapid deployment of large-scale, distributed, information-sharing environments. SmartGate enables organisations to securely exchange information with employees, customers and business partners over any IP-based infrastructure. AEP SmartGate VPNs are used to create a secure and verified link between the remote endpoint and the user's corporate network resources. Advanced features enable federated identity, strong authentication and control of access privileges across trusted organisations. The SmartGate VPN is a well established product with large scale deployments in Government and Industry in Europe and the USA. SmartGate is optimised for performance over satellite networks.

The joint Trusted Client / AEP SmartGate solution provides increased flexibility for workers as they can work securely from any computer in any location. It reduces costs by removing the need for laptops, providing remote access to systems, removing the need for two computing systems where users work at different levels of classification.

"Combined with the AEP SmartGate VPN, Trusted Client can be assured with a high level of trust," commented David Holman, CEO of BeCrypt. "AEP's strength in the VPN space coupled with our expert knowledge of data security technology, and our understanding of the IT security requirements of the central government and defence sector, creates a very compelling package for customers in every industry sector."

The joint AEP Networks / BeCrypt solution will be demonstrated at the 2007 NATO Information Assurance (IA) Symposium taking place 12-16 November at SHAPE Belgium.

About BeCrypt

BeCrypt Limited was formed in 2001 to meet the growing demand for high-level computer encryption products in the international government and corporate marketplace. BeCrypt products protect customers in key UK government areas including: MOD, central and local government, the defence sector, law enforcement, NHS and the education sectors. The company now also provides a range of flexible security products tailored to meet the requirements of the commercial sector. BeCrypt has customers in financial services, pharmaceutical, insurance and banking sectors.

BeCrypt's DISK Protect Baseline, DISK Protect Enhanced and PDA Protect Baseline products have been designed to meet stringent government security standards and have been approved by the UK Government.

BeCrypt has won an award from the UK Department of Trade and Industry for innovative technology and has patents pending on a number of unique security technologies.

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, CAPS approved high assurance IPSec-based VPN encryptors, and FIPS certified hardware security modules for key management. Our products address the most demanding security requirements of public-sector organisations and commercial enterprises internationally. The company has design and development offices in its headquarters in Somerset, New Jersey, USA and Hemel Hempstead, UK.

AEP Networks and the AEP Networks logo are trademarks of AEP Networks, Inc., with registration pending in the United States. SmartGate is a registered trademark of AEP Networks, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

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