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Aventail EPC Reduces Risk of Remote Access.

Aventail Corp, the proponent of "anywhere access" to enterprise networks through Secure Sockets Layer-based virtual private network appliances, has added new options that will enable administrators to manage remote access policy according to the perceived level of risk of the access device.

The Seattle, Washington-based vendor of appliances and managed services said customers are getting concerned about the vulnerability of the end point to which they are exposing their enterprise gateways. It said its new End-Point Control, or EPC, initiative "helps organizations manage and protect access to network resources from airport kiosks, wireless hot spots, employee-owned PCs, and PDAs." The new EPC program will enable an administrator to check if a remote user is using an access device which has up to date anti-virus software and a properly configured firewall, for instance.

Aventail is delivering EPC with a string of vendors it calls "policy enforcement partners". These include Bluefire Security Technologies, Foundstone, iPass, Swivel, Sygate Technologies, WholeSecurity, and Zone Labs.

The introduction of EPC is meant to help reduce risks by controlling access privileges based on who a user is, where they are, what device they are using, and what steps can be taken to protect them. Using EPC, access policy can be set for users coming in from a variety of end-points with different environments. The Aventail EX-1500 SSL VPN appliance is earmarked as the first to make full use of EPC.
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