SOURCE: Network Chemistry

December 05, 2006 08:00 ET

Network Chemistry Extends Its Endpoint Security Solution to Protect Smartphones

RFprotect Endpoint Enforces Connectivity Best Practices on Wireless Devices Outside of the Enterprise

REDWOOD CITY, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 5, 2006 -- Network Chemistry Inc., the wireless security experts, today announced it has added protection for smartphones to its RFprotect™ Endpoint solution. With this enhancement, the solution will enable IT and security administrators to centrally manage and set security policies for laptops and smartphones whether these devices are connected in the office, at home or on the road.

Wireless devices are rapidly becoming standard employee tools at enterprises and government organizations. A recent study by Gartner revealed that 22 percent of the enterprise workforce already uses mobile applications and that smartphone shipments alone will increase by 66 percent to reach 81 million units by the end of 2006.

Smartphones offer increased convenience and connectivity, but dramatically increase the risk of data loss and unauthorized access to corporate resources. Default settings can easily create vulnerabilities, jeopardizing network infrastructure and confidential data. End users may not be aware that certain behavior is dangerous, and the urge to connect overwhelms concerns about security. In addition, organizations are grappling with how to manage and enforce policy on hundreds or even thousands of endpoints operating within an enterprise. It is imperative that IT and security personnel install automated systems to meet the security and privacy needs of the enterprise.

RFprotect Endpoint enforces wireless security policy outside the enterprise to assure data privacy is maintained and compliance regulations are met. The product enables organizations to deploy a single network connection policy framework on laptops and smartphones for wired, wireless LAN and wireless broadband connections and will include support for Windows Mobile and Symbian smartphones. The solution also provides detailed reporting and auditing by device on when, where and what networks were used -- helping ensure compliance with industry and government regulations.

"RFprotect Endpoint is the only solution that provides a single control point to set connectivity policies for laptops and smartphones," said Brian de Haaff, vice president of product management and marketing at Network Chemistry. "Accidental employee misuse of these devices and malicious attacks present a major threat to confidential data and corporate assets. RFprotect Endpoint establishes a new security perimeter to prevent data loss and protect wireless connections anytime, anywhere."

Enterprise customers and government agencies are using RFprotect Endpoint today to guard mobile devices by setting policies to only allow connections with pre-approved networks. This prevents wireless connections to rogue APs, ad-hocs and evil-twin attackers. RFprotect Endpoint is often configured to keep wireless connections secure anywhere a laptop is used by ensuring the use of a VPN when necessary. The product also features a seamless integration with Microsoft Active Directory for group policy setting and management supporting all wireless communications, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, EVDO, HSDPA, and GPRS/EDGE.

About Network Chemistry

Network Chemistry is the industry standard for securing the mobile enterprise. The world's most successful enterprises and demanding government agencies trust Network Chemistry's wireless security solutions to prevent attacks, detect vulnerabilities, intrusions and policy violations, accelerate incident response, and conduct surveys for wireless LAN deployment planning. Network Chemistry has received numerous accolades, including being recognized as a Red Herring 100 company, receiving the top score in SC Magazine's "Wireless Security Group Test," as well as its "Global Award," and "5 Star Winner" honors; Network Computing's "Editor's Choice" and "Best Value"; and 802.11 Planet's "Best of Show." The company is headquartered in Redwood City, California. For more information, visit www.networkchemistry.com or call 1-888-952-6477.

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