SOURCE: NCP Engineering GmbH

July 08, 2008 09:00 ET

Windows XP Discontinuation Results in Mixed OS Enterprise Remote Access Environments; Causes Security Policy Concerns

NCP engineering's VPN Customers Unaffected

NUREMBERG, GERMANY--(Marketwire - July 8, 2008) - Leading provider of endpoint security and VPN solutions, NCP engineering GmbH, announced today that their customers will remain unaffected by the June 30, 2008 discontinuation of Microsoft Windows XP operating system (OS). The gradual erosion of a single OS convention within the enterprise until the conversion process to Vista is completed will have a ripple effect throughout the IT security and policy ecosystem.

Microsoft's Announcement

Beginning June 30, 2008 PC and laptop computer manufacturers will no longer be provided Windows XP for pre-installation, nor will retailers continue to offer boxed versions of the OS once existing inventories are exhausted. Further, the Redmond, CA company has set an end date for all support for its XP OS, 2014.

To accommodate for this change in the enterprise OS landscape, NCP has built its Secure Clients since Version 9.0 for compatibility with Microsoft Vista (in 32 bit and 64 bit modes). This VPN client is also compatible with Windows 2000 and XP (in 32 bit and 64 bit modes). Customers running older versions of NCP Secure Clients can download a simple update for Vista compatibility, maintaining existing policy settings, access rules and user-defined preferences.

A 30-day trial version of NCP Secure Entry Client offering unrestricted use and Microsoft Vista compatibility is available online at: http://www.ncp-e.com/en/downloads/software.html.

About NCP

NCP engineering GmbH, headquartered in Nuremberg, Germany, is a provider of application and industry-neutral communication software for highly secure data transmission in public networks and the Internet. Core competencies are in the areas of Remote Access, IP-Routing, VPN and Firewall Technologies, Identity and Access Management (IAM), Network Access Control (NAC) as well as strong Authentication and Integration of PKI-Infrastructures. Under the guiding principle of "Secure Communications," the firm develops products and solutions for the areas of mobile computing, teleworking, e-commerce, online banking, production data acquisition, system control (remote maintenance) and branch office networking. NCP's technology guarantees integration and compatibility with products from other manufacturers. NCP relies on collaboration with technology partners and OEM partners, and on sales via distributors and certified system houses for national and international marketing.

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