SOURCE: StillSecure

September 24, 2007 12:18 ET

StillSecure Introduces Free Network Access Control Solution Based on StillSecure Safe Access

Safe Access Lite Decreases NAC Implementation Learning Curve and Provides Immediate View Into Security Posture Without Requiring Network Infrastructure Changes

SUPERIOR, CO--(Marketwire - September 24, 2007) - StillSecure®, provider of secure network infrastructure software, today announced StillSecure Safe Access® Lite, a free version of the industry's #1 award-winning network access control (NAC) solution. Safe Access Lite enables network and security administrators to realize immediate benefits from NAC without the complications associated with most implementations.

"The industry has been crying out for something to ease the pain of NAC implementations," said Alan Shimel, Chief Strategy Officer at StillSecure, author of www.stillsecureafteralltheseyears.com, and one of the most respected authorities on NAC. "Safe Access Lite installs seamlessly without disruption to your network. It makes it easy to understand how NAC affects your business by finding out how compliant your computers are, checking for the health of your devices, and helping to plan for a successful NAC implementation."

NAC has become notorious for being complex and time consuming to implement. Safe Access Lite accelerates the NAC adoption process without requiring network changes or posing risk to end users. Safe Access Lite is a non-disruptive, easy-to-install, monitor-only version that assesses the security posture of up to 250 endpoints to determine if they are compliant with an organization's security policies and best practices. Organizations can enforce NAC policies by quarantining unsafe devices manually or by upgrading to the commercial version of Safe Access.

Safe Access Lite offers fast endpoint testing using any or all of StillSecure's three testing methods -- agentless, agent-based and web-based non-persistent agent. Hundreds of health checks are available to fully assess an endpoint's security posture, including tests for operating system patches and hotfixes, security and browser settings, personal firewall, anti-virus/anti-spyware, software required and software prohibited (such as P2P and instant messaging), as well tests for the latest worms, trojans, and viruses.

"Safe Access Lite makes it easy for administrators to get their hands dirty with NAC before deciding to move forward with a full-blown implementation," said C.A. "Bud" Dennis, Network Administrator at Nova Biomedical Corporation. "It's an eye opening experience to test your endpoints, and it truly illustrates the importance of using NAC to get a real handle on your organization's security posture."

"Interest in NAC continues to grow, particularly given NAC's potential to be a great option for addressing challenges with guest networking -- visitors, consultants, etc. trying to connect to a corporate network," says Andreas Antonopoulos, Senior Vice President and Founding Partner with Nemertes Research. "One of the main barriers to adoption has been NAC's reputation of being difficult to implement, especially without significant network upgrades. The good news is vendors have made a lot of progress evolving their solutions to better work within an enterprise's existing network infrastructure."

Safe Access Lite is based on StillSecure's award-winning NAC solution, Safe Access, which was recently honored with numerous awards including TechWorld's 2007 Endpoint Security Product of the Year, Windows IT Pro 2007 Editor's Choice, and SC Magazine's 2006 Best Endpoint Security Solution. For users requiring additional enterprise NAC functionality such as policy enforcement, remediation, and post-connect NAC, the full commercial version of Safe Access is recommended.

StillSecure also offers a number of other free and open source products to the community including Cobia™, a Unified Network Platform™, and Strata Guard® Free, an award-winning IDS/IPS. Downloads and additional information are available at www.stillsecure.org.

Pricing and availability

StillSecure Safe Access Lite can be downloaded at http://salite.stillsecure.com free of charge and without time limit. Safe Access Lite is offered as a pre-built, pre-configured and ready-to-run VMware download for quick installation and ease of use. Safe Access Lite is supported through the user community via online support forums. For more information, visit http://salite.stillsecure.com.

Commercial versions of Safe Access that offer expanded capabilities, increased performance, and commercial support are available on a subscription or a purchase-plus-maintenance model based on the number of total users. For more information, contact StillSecure sales at sales@stillsecure.com.

About StillSecure

StillSecure creates secure network infrastructures. By converging networking and security, StillSecure is the foundation for secure, intelligent, highly automated networks that are easy to manage and protect. StillSecure customers range from midsize companies to the world's largest enterprises and agencies in government, financial services, healthcare, education, and technology.

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