SOURCE: AEP Networks

September 19, 2006 08:00 ET

AEP Networks Unveils New NACpoint Network Admission Control Solution

New Policy Networking Offering for Network Core

SOMERSET, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 19, 2006 -- AEP Networks, the leader in Policy Networking solutions, today announces the AEP NACpoint for network admission control (NAC). NACpoint protects networked resources against attack from unknown users and devices by:

--  authenticating users requesting LAN access,
--  performing a node posture validation scan of clients (validating that
    a machine is current on patches and anti-virus and spyware signatures), and
--  placing offending clients in quarantine and enabling remediation.
    

AEP Networks delivers a Policy Networking suite from the enterprise edge to the core. The company has already been providing Policy Networking at the edge via its SSL VPN, IPSec VPN and identity gateway application access products. Now the company is expanding their policy-based networking solutions for the core (LAN) to cover network admission control, identity management and application assurance. Policy Networking ties network and application access to identity and policy, a necessity arising from dissolution of the traditional perimeter. AEP NACpoint is the first offering in the new network core product suite.

"Policy networking at the edge can be seamlessly extended to the core," said Reginald P. Best, EVP/GM Application Security Business, AEP Networks. "AEP is leveraging its proven technology and skills to deliver a complete policy networking suite covering VPN, wired, wireless, and application layer."

AEP NACpoint is a security appliance that thoroughly controls who and what gets access to networked resources. Admission control is based on the identity of users and machines. NACpoint also assists in keeping malicious threats from entering the enterprise at the Internet and WAN boundaries, as well as at local points of connection.

AEP NACpoint provides consistent network admission policy enforcement and patch remediation independent of traffic origin and, therefore, is ideal for remote access, guest and partner access, wireless, and wired conference rooms. Customers may migrate guests, partners, consultants and conference room access from visitors on wired Ethernet connections -- or, for example, can add policy networking to Cisco Aironet based wireless access point rollouts.

Deployment of the AEP NACpoint solution is simplified because it fits transparently into existing network architectures and works with most existing managed network switches (e.g. Cisco, Enterasys, Extreme, HP, 3Com). It performs out-of-band managed switch control and provides VLAN-based creation of isolation, remediation and production zones.

NACpoint will allow organizations to significantly improve access control, reducing risk where access is expected from anywhere, and help meet stringent compliance and security mandates.

NACpoint Release 1.0 will be available to customers in mid-November 2006. The company will be showcasing the NACpoint solution at booth #467 during the Interop New York expo from September 19-21, 2006 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.

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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