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Trapeze Networks Secures Guest Access to Wireless LANs with On-Demand Endpoint Assurance and GuestTunneling; See Trapeze at Interop 2006 in the InteropLabs, Booth 2140 and Reef Room D.

PLEASANTON, Calif. -- Trapeze Networks(TM), the award-winning provider of the wireless LAN (WLAN) Mobility System(TM), today announced support for two new features in its latest release of Mobility System Software(TM). The new features enable enterprises to provide guest access to their Wi-Fi networks while protecting network resources from viruses, worms and other forms of malware on unmanaged endpoint clients.

The first feature integrates the Symantec(TM) (formerly Sygate(TM)) On-Demand Protection Solution agent into Trapeze Mobility System Software, thereby supporting another endpoint assurance solution in the Trapeze Mobility System. Trapeze announced support for Microsoft's Network Access Protection (NAP) technology last week.

The second feature, GuestTunneling(TM), provides guest access to the Internet, while isolating guest traffic from corporate traffic. Guest access on WLANs takes many forms -- customers attending a training class, accountants working on a corporate audit, contractors working on an engineering project, or perhaps a vendor making an initial sales call.

In each case, there is a different level of trust, and different requirements for access to network resources. With these new features in the Trapeze Mobility System, an enterprise can easily provide multiple levels of security to match different profiles for guest access.

Symantec On-Demand Protection Solution

With the integrated Symantec feature, an enterprise can evaluate the unmanaged endpoints used to access the network and verify that they comply with corporate security policies.

For example, antivirus settings and the presence of current signature updates can be confirmed, and the agent can verify that the latest operating system patches are loaded. The objective is to prevent misconfigured or infected devices from accessing the network.

The Symantec On-Demand Protection Agent is preconfigured with different modules that perform different host integrity checks and other security functions, depending on the level of security that is needed.

Here's how it works: The guest is offered a specific WebAAA login page. The guest types in the credentials. After authentication, the Symantec agent is downloaded and launched on the endpoint. The agent performs the necessary security checks on the endpoint. If the host passes, the WebAAA page is re-displayed, the guest inputs their login credentials, and they are granted access to the network.

If the host fails, it can optionally be placed on a quarantined VLAN and provided with remediation facilities to bring it into compliance. Alternatively, the non-compliant host can simply be denied access to the network.

The agent can be configured to perform additional integrity checks when a device's network location is changed or at regular time intervals thereafter. Many other security features can be implemented in the agent. It is configured to remove itself when its work is done.

There are two unique aspects to Trapeze's integration of the Symantec On-Demand Protection Agent. First, users are not granted any access to the WLAN until they have been authenticated. Competitive solutions allow guest access to the WLAN before authentication is performed, leaving the WLAN switch that downloads the agent vulnerable to attacks.

Second, the Mobility System can download as many as 64 different agents for different categories of wireless access. This makes it simple to configure different agents for different guest profiles -- customers, contractors, auditors, salespeople, and so on. Competitive solutions are limited to a single agent configuration.

Trapeze GuestTunneling

The Trapeze GuestTunneling feature is targeted at guest profiles that require access to the internet only. With this feature, all traffic on the designated guest WLAN gets tunneled out to the Internet. It is not possible for clients on these tunneled WLANs to access any resources on the corporate backbone. More importantly, any viruses or worms that guest machines are infected with are isolated from the corporate network.

"The addition of the Symantec On-Demand Protection Agent and the ability to have GuestTunneling are huge enhancements for anyone offering public Internet access across a private network," said Roger Neal, CIO for Duncan Regional Hospital in Duncan, OK. "Duncan Regional is ecstatic about the Symantec release and we hope to have it rolled out for public use as soon as we can."

Trapeze leads with features supporting guest access to WLANs. GuestPass(TM) was the industry's first guest-provisioning application that allowed IT departments to create and deploy profiles for secure guest services, while shifting the ongoing burden of inputting data to create guest accounts to administrative staff in building lobbies.

Trapeze advanced the state of the art for browser-based WLAN access by permitting multiple fully customizable browser-based login screens through its WebPortal(TM) and simple configuration options that allow guest activity to be tightly controlled and monitored.

In addition, the Trapeze Virtual Service Set(TM) (VSS(TM)) feature allows simple partitioning of the Trapeze WLAN infrastructure so that different types of guest access with completely different security and service requirements can be provisioned rapidly and managed separately.

"Guest access in enterprise WLANs has evolved from providing basic internet access to providing a full range of service options to support a multitude of guest profiles," said Dan Simone, CTO for Trapeze. "We have focused heavily in this area and have the feature set to fully support this evolution."

Availability and Pricing

The new Symantec security features and GuestTunneling are both part of the Mobility System Software Release 4.2, which is available now from Trapeze. This software release is a free upgrade to existing customers with a support contract.

About Trapeze Networks

Trapeze Networks delivers the power of business applications and services to the mobile enterprise workforce. The company's wireless LAN Mobility System enhances productivity, introduces new efficiencies and accelerates business response time by delivering secure mobility for roaming users and sophisticated services for both users and IT, all while offering the lowest total cost of ownership of any WLAN infrastructure provider. Trapeze announced a partnership with Motorola (NASDAQ:MOT) in August 2005, a partnership with 3Com Corp. (NASDAQ:COMS) in August 2004, a partnership with both D-Link and Nortel (NYSE/TSX:NT) in March 2005, and a partnership with Enterasys Networks in May 2005. Trapeze has also been the recipient of eleven industry awards, including InfoWorld's Technology of the Year award for the best WLAN solution in recognition of its product and technology strength. Founded in March 2002, Trapeze has raised $72.5 million in venture funding to date and is headquartered in Pleasanton, California, U.S.A. For more information, please visit

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