Nortel tightens up network security

Nortel Networks Middle East has launched two new remote access security solutions - Secure Information Access and Secure Multimedia. These allow enterprises to protect their information and multimedia communications, regardless of whether people access their networks outside or inside the office.

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By  Chris Fernando Published  June 21, 2005

Nortel Networks Middle East has launched two new remote access security solutions - Secure Information Access and Secure Multimedia. These allow enterprises to protect their information and multimedia communications, regardless of whether people access their networks outside or inside the office. These solutions, according to Nortel, secure remote access to multimedia and IP telephony communication services, and protect critical information from attack or theft. “Nortel is committed to offering security solutions that address key customer security concerns in the region,” said Ramin Attari, vice president of Nortel Networks Middle East. “Our focus is on securing enterprise communications, information, and applications anywhere, anytime by applying a layered defence approach to network security that ensures there are no single points of security failure in a network and adapts to future threats.” “Security is the overarching consideration in networking today,” added Gartner analyst John Girard. “Networking capabilities take a back seat to security considerations. It really doesn’t matter what efficiencies the infrastructure can provide. If the network isn’t safe, it isn’t usable.” The Nortel Secure Information Access solution provides secure access to the corporate network for mobile, remote and home-based employees regardless of their location, thereby minimising risks such as virus, worm and denial of service (DoS) attacks. The solution ensures connected systems meet an organisation’s security policy requirements related to anti-virus, personal firewall, and up-to-date patches before providing access. Other Nortel products in this solution set include Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and IPSec virtual private networking (VPN) gateways and routers, switched firewall equipments and threat protection systems. Nortel’s Secure Multimedia solution on the other hand includes products from Nortel’s IP multimedia, security and switching product sets, which according to the company help shield IP multimedia traffic such as IP telephony, video, and instant messaging from unauthorised access. This solution also attempts to prevent loss of intellectual property by using authentication, authorisation and policy enforcement. Nortel is a new entrant in the remote access security market and its products will go head-to-head with similar products from vendors such as Nokia, Whale Communications and Juniper. In fact, Juniper had upgraded its remote access platform only earlier this month. Its new solutions support both IPSec and SSL sessions, using a new version of its Instant Virtual Extranet (IVE) 5.0 software. This policy engine automatically decides which protocol is most appropriate for the existing connection.

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