SOURCE: AEP Networks

July 31, 2006 13:00 ET

AEP Networks and Lockdown Networks Enter Co-Development and Licensing Partnership

Lockdown Enforcer Technology to Integrate With AEP's Policy Networking Solutions

SEATTLE, WA and SOMERSET, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 31, 2006 -- Lockdown Networks® and AEP Networks today announced they have entered into a technology licensing, co-development and marketing partnership which will integrate Lockdown's flagship Network Access Control (NAC) solution, Lockdown Enforcer™, into AEP's Policy Networking security solutions.

Under the terms of the agreement, Lockdown and AEP will enhance Lockdown's iNAC™ integration capability to enable use of the Lockdown Enforcer technology to provide endpoint health-check, quarantine and remediation capabilities that work with the AEP Netilla Security Platform (NSP) SSL VPN. The resulting product offering will enable AEP's installed base of SSL VPN customers to enhance existing secure remote access implementations while solving branch, conference room, guest and partner access "pain points" in a consistent fashion. The joint solution will be available through AEP channel partners.

With seamless security integration from the network through application layers, the joint AEP Networks-Lockdown Networks solution will overcome one of the trickiest security challenges companies face today: providing a uniform approach to ensuring policy-based access, from the edge to the core, throughout the enterprise, regardless of the technology (i.e., remote access via SSL VPN, branch office access via IPSec VPN, guest or conference room access via wireless or wired LAN).

Today, companies work with multiple vendors to deploy point-security solutions that address individual layers of the network stack. This creates time-consuming and arduous implementation and management overhead. By integrating the layers of security, AEP Networks customers will have a one-source shop for total network security.

"The integration of Lockdown's NAC technology with AEP application access solutions is a natural idea, and delivers exactly what the market has been clamoring for -- an integrated approach to addressing enterprise network security needs," said Brett Helsel, CEO at Lockdown Networks. "We believe AEP's strong global distribution, sales and support network and excellent portfolio of products adds major value to customers looking for enterprise-class network access control solutions."

"Today's news signals an important shift in the maturation of network security solutions; combining AEP Networks' policy networking competency, which has been honed at the remote access edge of the enterprise network, together with emerging NAC technologies promises to simplify multi-layer security solutions for our customers," said Reginald P. Best, EVP/GM Application Security Business, AEP Networks. "We're pleased to be working with Lockdown on joint integration of a leading-edge NAC technology with AEP's Policy Networking solutions."

Lockdown Enforcer is the industry's first all-in-one NAC solution built from the ground up to automate enforcement of security policies based on factors such as identity, device posture and location. Policy is enforced at key control points to increase uptime and security on the network, while simultaneously enhancing user access. As a turnkey, out-of-band NAC appliance that is an overlay to existing network, security and endpoint infrastructure, Lockdown Enforcer ensures policy compliance for all devices on the network, with or without agents, without impacting network performance or requiring costly network upgrades, making it fundamentally different from other NAC approaches.

AEP's Policy Networking products use identity to enforce network and application access. Policies can be enforced at multiple layers throughout a network and access to the network (from LAN/WAN, wireless, remote, satellite, mobile) can be tied to user and device identity. Through the use of policies based on identity, organizations can cut down on the threat of self-propagating attacks by users, control unmanaged devices, and increase regulatory compliance.

About Lockdown Networks, Inc.

Lockdown Networks™, Inc. is the leading provider of Network Access Control (NAC) solutions that ensure all users and devices on the network comply with security and IT policies. Lockdown Networks leverages existing network infrastructure to deliver an all-in-one platform for enterprise-wide policy enforcement that maximizes network uptime and productivity while reducing compliance costs. Lockdown NAC is delivered on a suite of highly scalable appliances: Lockdown Enforcer™, Lockdown Commander™ and Lockdown Sentry™. The Lockdown Intelligent NAC (iNAC™) architecture integrates NAC with external security, endpoint, networking and infrastructure systems while the iNAC partner program enables third-party solution providers to collaborate on network access policy decisions, sharing information critical to network and endpoint security. Intel Capital has invested in Lockdown Networks, expanding the power of Lockdown NAC through support for Intel® vPro. Additionally, Lockdown earned the 2006 Info Security Hot Companies Award and the 2006 Red Herring 100 Award. For more information, visit www.LockdownNetworks.com.

About AEP Networks

AEP Networks (www.aepnetworks.com) 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 access control enforcement points, identity-based application security gateways, SSL VPNs, 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 worldwide. The company is headquartered in Somerset, New Jersey, with offices worldwide.

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