AEP Systems Releases Next Generation High-Security VPN

London, UK September 29, 2004 AEP Systems, the high-speed security company, today releases SureWare Net ED100M, a high-security Virtual Private Network (VPN) security gateway encryptor designed for Public Service network environments that demand high availability, flexibility and easy management. Today s release radically increases data throughput from 10Mbps full duplex to 100Mbps full duplex, expanding bandwidth capability to support data centre traffic on the largest, most demanding Public Sector networks in Europe.

Public Sector projects across Europe require more communications bandwidth than ever before, said Stephen Lewis, AEP SureWare Net Senior Product Manager. Through extensive research and customer feedback we ve developed an encryption platform that can satisfy ever-growing market demands.

SureWare Net ED100M is a managed encryption solution that protects IP traffic across networks. The encryptors provide both data confidentiality and source authentication for network traffic, resulting in high-confidence VPN communications. By protecting data on 100Mbps backbone networks, SureWare Net enables the high level of service required by the next generation of large-scale Public Sector infrastructure projects, such as departmental Intranets and inter-departmental Extranets at national and international levels.

The SureWare Net encryption solution is designed to keep management costs to a minimum. For example, a typical system does not require more than five days management effort annually. SureWare Net s highly-functional management system and the fit-and-forget operation of the encryptors distinguishes it from competing products. SureWare Net is unique because it is designed specifically for large, sophisticated and strategic infrastructure projects.

Features include:
> Advanced and centralised management capability
> High availability and fail over
> Tried and tested reliability
> Capable of protecting data on 100Mbps WAN circuits
> Throughput in excess of 160Mbps (1464byte UDP packets)
> Provides bandwidth necessary to support traffic on large Public Sector networks
> Can be installed on existing SureWare Net protected networks to expand bandwidth

SureWare Net has been widely deployed to protect sensitive data on national and international criminal justice networks, national government systems and pan-European infrastructures. No matter what the network size, SureWare Net is consistently reliable, efficient and cost-effective, said Lewis.

Following stringent evaluation, SureWare Net ED100M has achieved formal approval from the UK Government CESG Assisted Products Scheme at Enhanced Grade , a security rating for the protection of classified information recognised across Europe.

SureWare Net ED100M is the latest product in AEP Systems range of high-security IPSec and SSL VPN products. AEP Systems full line of hardware security products also includes hardware security modules and SSL acceleration hardware.

For more information about AEP SureWare Net products,visit http://www.aepsystems.com/products_sure_net.htm

ABOUT AEP SYSTEMS

AEP Systems (www.aepsystems.com), the high-speed security company, delivers hardware security and acceleration solutions that are fast and cost-effective to deploy. AEP Systems offers a full line of hardware security products including Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) VPNs, hardware security modules, high-security VPN encryptors and SSL acceleration hardware. Customers include financial institutions, government bodies, healthcare organizations and OEMs. Founded in 1998, AEP Systems is privately held with offices in the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

The UK subsidiary, AEP Systems International Ltd., specialises in high-security and high-assurance encryption products for the Public Sector and financial markets. Based in Hemel Hempstead, the design and development team has been developing solutions to UK government standards for over 15 years.




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