SOURCE: NCP engineering, Inc.

NCP engineering, Inc.

March 10, 2010 08:30 ET

NCP engineering Solves 'IPsec-Hostile' Remote Access Environments

Path Finder Technology Guarantees Network Connectivity and Policy Enforcement

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - March 10, 2010) -  NCP engineering, Inc. today announced a breakthrough in remote access, with a solution to the complex network connectivity issues created by firewall settings that prevent IPsec communication. The company's Path Finder technology ensures users are able to establish a secure connection to the corporate network from any remote location, granting full IPsec VPN access and policy enforcement -- without compromising productivity or security. The user simply logs onto the local network, as they would any other, and connects to the corporate network without delay or the need to change settings. Further, local network security is never compromised, ensuring both corporate and public security policies are followed.

The problem of IPsec-hostile firewall settings is commonly found in public Internet access points, where the provider -- hotel, airport, coffee shop, etc. -- secures its network by restricting Web traffic to allow only Internet browsing and email. Restricting firewall settings in this way has, until today, prevented IPsec VPN access -- resulting in users spending hours working with their company's IT support team to establish remote network access beyond simply checking email and surfing the Web.

How It Works:

  • NCP engineering's Path Finder technology is integrated into the company's VPN clients. This feature recognizes that the VPN gateway cannot connect via standard IPsec protocol, automatically changes to a modified IPsec protocol and emulates HTTPS to establish a connection. 
  • The connection formed with the Path Finder technology is safe and connected with the centrally-installed NCP Secure Enterprise Server. Remote staff can use all authentication mechanisms and advantages of IPsec, such as simultaneous use of software and hardware-based certificates.
  • With this technology, there is less performance requirement on the gateway side, as all security aspects under IPsec are continuously considered (i.e. end-to-end security on the basis of a centrally-determined security policy).

Supporting Quotes:

  • "Customers who have rethought their remote access systems with the NCP Secure Enterprise Management System will see a significant drop in IT support calls and reclaim hours of lost productivity from staff working remotely -- from home, in a hotel, at an airport, etc.," said Jörg Hirschmann, CTO, NCP engineering. "Network connectivity problems related to IPsec-hostile firewall settings are a thing of the past with our Path Finder technology." 


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About NCP engineering, Inc.
Since its inception in 1986, NCP engineering has delivered innovative software that allows enterprises to rethink their secure remote access, and overcome the complexities of creating, managing and maintaining network access for staff.

NCP's award winning product line spans the spectrum of remote access, from IPSec / SSL VPN to endpoint firewalls and network access control (NAC) functions. The company's products support organizations with complex remote user needs, who want to leverage the latest end-devices to increase staff productivity, reduce network administration and adapt policy changes on-the-fly. Each solution is interoperable with existing third-party software or hardware.

Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, the company serves 10,000-plus customers worldwide throughout the healthcare, financial, education and government markets, as well as many Fortune 500 companies. NCP has established a network of national and regional technology, channel and OEM partners to serve its customers. For more information, visit

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