Juniper releases new UAC system

Juniper has released a new unified access control (UAC) system which incorporates security features from its recent corporate acquisitions.

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By  Eliot Beer Published  January 8, 2007

Juniper has released a new unified access control (UAC) system which incorporates security features from its recent corporate acquisitions. “Juniper has delivered on the promise it made less than a year ago when we acquired Funk Software, combining Funk’s market-leading 802.1X components and Radius technologies with our existing UAC solution,” said Hitesh Sheth, vice president of security products at Juniper Networks. “With UAC 2.0, we have set the bar in the network access control market for deployment flexibility and interoperability, enabling customers to use Juniper’s firewalls and/or any 802.1X-enabled switch or wireless access point as enforcement points to secure access to applications and resources across distributed networks.” UAC 2.0 includes elements of Juniper’s Odyssey Access Client and Steel-Belted Radius technology, both originally developed by Funk. The system is designed around open standards, according to Juniper, making it easier to integrate with third-party products and systems. “Enterprise networks are increasingly complex and distributed, with a multitude of users including employees, partners and contractors requiring access to critical business information from network endpoints that may be poorly managed, unmanaged, or in many cases, completely unmanageable. The threat from dangerous and vulnerable endpoints has made network access control a critical security process for enterprises,” said Lawrence Orans, research director at Gartner. “As the access control market evolves and access control deployments increase in scale and scope, enterprises will require solutions that enable them to leverage existing investments in network and security infrastructure, and are capable of interoperating seamlessly within heterogeneous IT environments.”

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