New OS for securing corporate information on enterprise networks from Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent announced a new operating system including an advanced set of features that enable IT departments to quickly and easily secure their network and unify access control for users and devices across an entire network according to established security policies. With this new system, available on the OmniSwitch family of LAN switches, IT administrators can also deliver network access to employees and guests while still securing corporate assets.

About Alcatel-Lucent OS 6.3.4 release

This new release expands the OmniSwitches security features set enabling:

  • The network to evaluate and enforce endpoint device health: with the CyberGatekeeper Host Integrity Check agent now integrated into the OmniSwitch, it will restrict end-user access to remediation servers only
  • The creation of easily defined “user profiles” mapped to network and security policies: this allows an IT manager to set user profiles based on an individual’s role in the organization that define access for network, application, priority, bandwidth and compliance needs
  • The delivery of captive portal as an explicit, web-based user authentication option: captive portal captures packets for a non-authenticated user and redirects to a predefined web page that asks the user to provide his credentials to be authenticated before being allowed to the network. This is in addition to already available authentication methods through Alcatel-Lucent Access Guardian and safely allows controlled network access for guests with uncontrolled endpoint devices.

In addition, this AOS release brings an entire set of new features improving network availability, performance and uptime, with in particular Ethernet Ring Protection (ERP), compliant with ITU-T G.8032 standard, maintaining a loop-free topology, data path redundancy and fast recovery times of less than 50 milliseconds for Ethernet ring topologies.

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