AEP Networks Debuts Advanced Network Security Features at Infosecurity Europe

LONDON, Apr. 18 – Next week at InfoSecurity, AEP Networks will announce new product enhancements across its complete security product range, cementing its stature as the only specialist vendor with a fully unified architecture of secure networking and access products. AEP will exhibit at stand #7120 at Infosecurity.

New products include a major upgrade of AEP’s flagship Netilla( Security Platform (NSP) SSL VPN gateway, which has now achieved FIPS-compliance (a key U.S. government security standard) and features integrated support for VASCO Digipass authentication. AEP also plans to produce an innovative, compact hardware-based VPN encryptor for laptops – called Net Remote – that will enable highly secure individual remote access in full compliance with U.K. government “Enhanced Grade” standards.

At stand #7120 the company will also unveil Net EB, the latest addition to its successful Net line of highly secure IP VPN encryptors, along with a coordinated marketing campaign to expand its reach to commercial as well as government customers (Note to Editors: See separate press release issued today.)

“Regardless of public or private sector, customers look for vendors who can deliver complete solutions,” said Reggie Best, executive vice president of AEP Networks’ Secure Application Access business. “As underscored by the breadth of our offerings, we’ll quite possibly be the only company at Infosecurity with a product mix specialized enough to satisfy the infrastructure security requirements of small- to mid-sized businesses, all the way up to the most secure large-scale government data networks.”

Netilla Security Platform now FIPS-compliant, CESG “Private” Level With this latest 5.2 release, the Netilla Security Platform complies with FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standards) 140-2, Level 3 data security standards. This was achieved using AEP’s own intellectual property, in contrast to other vendors who are forced to source this technology from third parties. A FIPS-compliant hardware module is available immediately as an option for the NSP G-Class.

The FIPS 140-2 standard is recognized by the British government’s Communications-Electronics Security Group (CESG) as meeting its “private”-level data security criteria. CESG is the British government’s national technical authority for information assurance.

AEP plans to seek further UK Government certification for the NSP later this year. AEP’s Net ED and Net EC lines are already CESG Assisted Products Scheme (CAPS) certified.

Another major NSP feature enhancement is fully integrated support for VASCO’s Digipass authentication solution, eliminating the need for a separate Digipass Authentication Server. Digipass provides strong user authentication and e-signatures and is compatible with more than 50 international vendors for e-commerce, e-banking, e-networking and e-government applications.

Also new in 5.2 is broader support for Web-based applications, especially those using ActiveX and vbscript code. Netilla now also provides native support for Windows Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) and Citrix Independent Computing Architecture (ICA) clients, providing “thin client” access to legacy applications cost-effectively. This RDP and ICA support is delivered without requiring administrator rights to the client PC.

Net Remote: CESG-Certified “Enhanced Grade” Individual Remote Access The Net Remote, now in development, responds to governmental requirements for “Enhanced Grade” security practices for remote access.

AEP’s Net Remote is a compact, portable VPN encryptor device that connects to a laptop via a standard Ethernet adaptor. By setting up a highly secure VPN tunnel to the Net encryptor in the data center, Net Remote allows users to work remotely with the same network security as if they were in the office. Product details and pricing will be announced later this year.

“Net ED Remote will change the way police and fire officials, diplomats, tax officials and other public servants do their jobs by letting them unplug and work from anywhere – while maintaining the CESG-level security that is only possible with a hardware module,” said Rob Lane, executive vice president of AEP Networks’ Secure Networking business.

About AEP Networks
AEP Networks, the specialist in network and application access security, delivers infrastructure security solutions that are easy to use and manage while offering exceptional value and mission-critical reliability. AEP Networks was formed as a result of the 2004 merger between AEP Systems and Netilla Networks. The company provides a full range of innovative secure networking and application access products to meet the most demanding requirements of public-sector and commercial customers. A privately held company backed by leading technology investors, AEP Networks is based in Somerset, N.J., with European headquarters in London. More information is available at www.aepnetworks.com. The AEP Networks logo is a trademark of AEP Networks, Inc., with registration pending in the U.S. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.




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