Bull Evidian’s Portalxpert 3.1 Delivers Universal And Instant Web Security For The Extended Enterprise

With PortalXpert 3.1, Bull Evidian helps corporations rapidly build

secure, user-friendly B2E, B2B and B2C infrastructures.

Paris, April 12, 2002: Bull Evidian, the secure e-business management software unit of Bull, today announced Release 3.1 of PortalXpert, its web access control and single sign-on (SSO) software. Extending its support of heterogeneous IT infrastructures, PortalXpert 3.1 will enable universal web SSO within the extended enterprise.

An answer to the first concern in web security : unified access control and SSO

PortalXpert 3.1 software addresses today’s first concern in web security: access complexity across the complete business chain, which results in decreased protection levels and lower productivity. Providing a single point of management for access to applications and resources, PortalXpert 3.1 offers universal, secure and instant web access management and SSO for the extended enterprise. This capacity, unique on the market today, allows corporations to gain competitive advantage and get warp speed ROI by instantly building secure and productive B2E, B2B and B2C infrastructures, at low cost.

PortalXpert keeps inconsistent security policies from being dispersed across heterogeneous web sites and applications. Acting as a gateway between users and web-enabled resources (ERP, BI, legacy,-¦ whether hosted by the corporation or by its business partners), it provides all users – employees, customers and trading partners – with SSO and personalized access to all the applications and data they need. Unlike competitors’ solutions, which require complex and costly developments for each application – PortalXpert relies on a truly plug-and-play architecture. As a result, it can be deployed instantly, without requiring any change to the enterprise’s existing IT infrastructure and applications.

Extended ability to manage all enterprise IT and security architectures

Release 3.1 extends PortalXpert’s breadth of capabilities with:

· Support for most leading directories and meta-directories : directory support has been extended to include not only iPlanet directory but also Microsoft Active DIrectory and Lotus Domino directory, plus leading meta-directories Critical Path and Calendra Directory Manager. As a result, PortalXpert can instantly leverage most corporations’ existing directories.

· Support for X509 and token authentication methods: X509 certificates and Tokens (Vasco Digipass, RSA SecurID) are now supported as authentication methods, in addition to existing web login/password support, whether pop-up or form-based. Most leading authentication methods are therefore supported, enabling extended choice for web security policies.

· Complete integration with SSO for legacy applications: PortalXpert now benefits from enhanced integration with other modules of Bull Evidian’s AccessMaster security management suite, including Security Policy, client-server SSO and PKI Management. As a result, organizations that want to set up a unified security policy for both web and non-web environments (which still represent more than 70% of IT applications within corporations) can benefit from natively integrated, enterprise-wide security management.

Relevant Technologies, an IT consulting firm, recently ranked Bull Evidian’s PortalXpert as the #1 web access control solution today.

Availability and Pricing

PortalXpert 3.1 server is available immediately on Solaris 7 and 8. It supports any web client and web-enabled application. The PortalXpert entry price is 44 euros per user, decreasing with the number of users.

More information about PortalXpert (specsheets, white papers, screenshots-¦) is available at www.evidian.com/portalxpert

About Bull Evidian

Bull Evidian is Bull’s secure e-business management software unit. With a reputation resulting from the confidence of some of the largest European enterprises and government organizations, Bull Evidian is a leading player in security software, with AccessMaster for access control and management, PortalXpert for web and portal access control, the NetWall firewall, and SafeKit load balancing and failover software. Bull Evidian is also an important player in service management, with its OpenMaster and OpenMaster for Telecom software suites.

About Bull :

Bull is an international group that specializes in designing, developing, and implementing secure IT infrastructures.

Bull is dedicated to helping customers transform their processes and infrastructures in order to take full advantage of information technology to drive their market growth. Bull provides a complete offer that includes not only IT services, from consulting to systems integration and outsourcing, but also the design and development of infrastructure solutions, with particular emphasis on servers, storage and secure management software.

Bull has gained strong recognition in the major business areas, including the public sector, finance, manufacturing and telecommunications. In 2001, the company had a turnover of 2.5 billion Euros.

Press contacts :

Jean-Christophe.Spilmont – (33) 1 30 80 70 22 – jean-christophe.spilmont@evidian.com




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