SOURCE: Aventail

February 13, 2006 10:00 ET

Aventail SSL VPN Partners With Arcot Authentication Software for More Secure Remote Access

Aventail-Arcot Joint Solution Successfully Deployed at Fortune 500 Financial Company

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 13, 2006 -- RSA Conference -- Leading SSL VPN technology company Aventail is partnering with Arcot Systems, a leading provider of multi-factor authentication and digital signature solutions. The joint solution provides seamless plug-in integration of Arcot's software smart card technology with Aventail's SSL VPN, allowing enterprises to quickly institute a multi-factor authentication "gateway" that verifies employees, contractors, and remote users accessing the internal systems.

The Aventail-Arcot solution has recently been successfully deployed at a Fortune 500 financial company that provides card processing services to over 6,000 financial institutions. The joint customer is using the solution to ensure strong authentication of thousands of external users who securely access critical credit card data via the Aventail SSL VPN.

Both Aventail and Arcot technology work across all computing platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Windows Mobile, and other mobile device platforms. The solution also works across all network environments, wired and wireless.

Aventail is partnering with Arcot, because of its unique software-based authentication technology, which makes deployment easier and more affordable. ArcotID is a secure container for the PKI private key, like a smart card or USB smart token, but formed completely in software. Other similar technologies require hardware. ArcotID is built on Arcot's patented "Cryptographic Camouflage" technology that can seamlessly replace user name and password-only solutions, as well as complement hardware-based systems.

"Aventail's focus is making remote access easier for users and network managers while providing maximum security, and the Arcot technology fits in perfectly with its strong authentication solution that seamlessly integrates with our SSL VPN," said Sarah Daniels, Vice President of Product Management and Marketing for Aventail. "With this joint solution, businesses can rapidly and economically achieve a high level of security assurance with their remote access, with minimal disruption to the enterprise infrastructure, to partner organizations, or to the user."

With this partnership, Arcot joins Aventail's best-of-breed Technology Partnership Program. In addition to Arcot, Aventail integrates with other leading global authentication technologies, including RSA Security, VeriSign, PassGo, SecurEnvoy, Swivel, Thirdnetworks, and Computer Systems Engineering (CSE) Corp.

About Aventail

Aventail is the best-of-breed SSL VPN technology company and the authority on secure application access technology. Aventail delivered the first SSL VPN solution in 1997, and today, Aventail meets the secure communication needs of more than two million end users globally. Aventail's family of Smart Technology SSL VPN appliances increases productivity for end users and IT professionals, while maximizing security and lowering costs. Aventail SSL VPNs lead the industry in End Point Control, policy management, and transparent, easy-to-use access options to the broadest range of applications. Aventail is the SSL VPN of choice among leading enterprises and service providers worldwide, such as AT&T, DuPont, IBM Global Services, MCI, Netifice, Office Depot, Sanyo, and TNT. For more information, go to

About Arcot Systems

Arcot is a leading provider of secure e-payment, digital signature, and strong authentication software solutions. The company's cost-effective and highly scalable software-based authentication products limit online transaction fraud and enable advanced functionality such as the turn-key issuance of roaming credentials and secure electronic document exchange. Arcot's products meet the need for strong, multi-layered transactional security while providing customers with a seamless, user-friendly experience. The company's offerings are compliant with U.S. and international standards including 3-D Secure, Identrus, SAFE and FFIEC Internet Banking Authentication recommendations. Enterprises also work with Arcot to meet legislative requirements such as Sarbanes-Oxley and HIPAA. Over 10,000 card-issuing banks and 20,000 online merchants and other enterprises use Arcot to protect the identities of millions of consumers worldwide. Arcot is a private company headquartered in California's Silicon Valley, with offices in the United Kingdom, Germany, and India. For more information visit

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Contact Information

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