InfoExpress Introduces CyberGatekeeper LAN, The First Solution for Enforcing Security Policies on All LAN Endpoint Devices
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA (December 11, 2003) InfoExpress, Inc., today announced the upcoming release of CyberGatekeeper LAN, the first product that enforces security policies on a corporate LAN by automatically auditing and updating all endpoint devices for security compliance before allowing them to access the network. The solution is designed to protect enterprises against trojans, malware and other vulnerabilities that may be introduced to the LAN by PCs and other systems that lack up-to-date security utilities.
CyberGatekeeper LAN instantly detects which users have outdated, misconfigured, unauthorized or missing security configurations, such as anti-virus programs and personal firewalls, as well as applications forbidden by corporate policy, such as peer-to-peer programs. Non-compliant users are barred from the network and instead directed to a Web page where the problem can be resolved in a few clicks. The solution also identifies and disables unauthorized network devices such as wireless access points.
The product combats the dangers posed by users who fail to install necessary security programs, disable a program, or neglect to stay current with patches and software updates. It covers corporate employees with desktop, notebook and handheld PCs including mobile users who may unwittingly infect the LAN when they plug in plus on-site business consultants, business partners and other external users with network access.
The solution can be used in conjunction with CyberGatekeeper Remote, InfoExpress endpoint security enforcement product for remote users, to control security configurations for all network access points across a single management interface. This includes users who access the corporate network via VPNs, extranets and dial-up connections as well as LAN clients and servers.
Historically, access to corporate networks has been based either on users physical presence in the building or on remote user authentication. This is no longer sufficient in light of the security risks presented by mobile, wireless and online computing, said Mark Bouchard, senior program director of META Group. Endpoint compliance is emerging as the next necessity in corporate security enforcement because improperly configured endpoint devices can leave the network open to serious attack.
Until now, system administrators have had no way to ensure that end users deploy and maintain security utilities such as personal firewalls and anti-virus software, said Stacey Lum, CEO of InfoExpress. CyberGatekeeper LAN solves this problem by intelligently determining whether each user s security systems are properly configured, preventing access by non-compliant devices, and expediting fixes. This will help keep corporate networks safe without impeding the flow of business.
CyberGatekeeper LAN also offers:
Central policy management from an administrator console.
Complete policy flexibility, making it possible to check end user system configurations for operating system versions and IIS, instant message, spyware and peer-to-peer software as well as anti-virus programs, virus signature files and personal firewalls.
The ability to detect and bar unauthorized network devices such as wireless access points, proxies or NAT devices.
Rapid integration into an organization s existing security infrastructure because of a vendor-neutral architecture enabling use with any third-party personal firewall, antivirus program and/or VPN client.
Scalability to support hundreds of thousands of concurrent users.
Specifications and Availability
CyberGatekeeper LAN consists of two software components CyberGatekeeper Policy Manager and CyberGatekeeper Agent client software and the CyberGatekeeper Server rackmount appliance. CyberGatekeeper Policy Manager runs on Windows NT 4.0 or 2000. CyberGatekeeper Agent is available in Windows 98/ME/NT 4.0/2000/XP, Linux, and Web (clientless) versions. CyberGatekeeper Server comes in two models that support up to 10,000 and 20,000 concurrent sessions per appliance, respectively.
The product will be available from InfoExpress in January 2004, with prices beginning at $9,995.
InfoExpress is a leader in endpoint security enforcement solutions. InfoExpress protects corporate networks by providing secure enforcement and awareness to ensure that devices attaching to a company network meet the requirements of security administrators. Major products include CyberGatekeeper, a real-time access control solution that transparently screens and updates devices for non-compliant applications and configurations before allowing them to access the company network; and CyberArmor, an enterprise endpoint firewall. The privately held company is headquartered in Mountain View, CA. For more information, visit www.infoexpress.com.