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Additional laptop security features from OmniAccess 3500 NLG

Alcatel-Lucent : 11 June, 2008  (New Product)
Corporate mobile workers gain additional protection for their laptops with the latest release of OmniAccess 3500 which now includes full disk encryption
Alcatel-Lucent has announced new data encryption and virtual private network (VPN) features for its OmniAccess 3500 Nonstop Laptop Guardian (NLG) laptop security and management system that improve the security of data residing on laptops.

Invented by Bell Labs and incubated by Alcatel-Lucent Ventures, the OmniAccess 3500 NLG, is the first comprehensive solution that reduces laptop security breaches, delivering 'always-on' connectivity for visibility and control over laptops on a 24/7 basis - even when the laptop is turned off.

The features are available in a new release of the OmniAccess 3500 software and include:.

* Full hard-disk encryption integration framework - all full disk encryption (FDE) vendors are now able to integrate with the OmniAccess 3500 NLG. This will enhance vendor encryption solutions with the capability to remotely manage encryption keys and provide a second-factor of authentication when the laptop is turned off or is offline. Keys and second-factor authentication are stored on the NLG card and can be remotely deleted to make the hard disk inaccessible in case of a lost or stolen laptop. This capability closes an important security loop, as laptop data can not be accessed without the management controls enforced by the OmniAccess 3500 NLG. Together with NLG's GPS location capabilities - security and manageability are now upgraded.

* Industry first Active Smartcard for Windows and pre-boot authentication - many FDE solutions require a Smartcard to be used for encryption keys - a solution that can't be updated over a network. The NLG now emulates a Smartcard, but allows IT administrators to create, invalidate, revoke, and reissue the Smartcard or its PIN securely over the air and on the fly for faster response and lower administration costs.

* SSL VPN access - this capability gives NLG users another secure option for using a VPN while visiting a customer or partner location. In addition to the built-in IPSec VPN, NLG now supports secure switch over to web-based SSL VPN if used by customers' IT. This capability keeps the always-on VPN solution that defines the NLG solution intact, while allowing end-users the freedom to use SSL when needed.

* Multiple user support - this option allows multiple end-users to share a single NLG-protected laptop, without compromising security.

* Mid-range gateway - Alcatel-Lucent has scaled the back-office NLG gateway to fit the needs of companies with up to 500 NLG users. This new server supports business partner and carrier demand to provide a cost-effective solution for these mid-sized companies.

"NLG continues to innovate in the space of mobile security. The interactive Smartcard capabilities are truly unique in the market," said Tom Burns, COO of enterprise activities for Alcatel-Lucent. "Our customers are reacting very positively to the NLG and we believe these new features help to ensure that the NLG remains the most comprehensive endpoint security solution on the market. With our new mid-range gateway (at a reduced cost), we have put the product within reach of mid-sized customers and have dramatically increased our addressable market."

"With these and previous new feature developments in the OmniAccess 3500 NLG, Alcatel-Lucent has elevated NLG's attractiveness," states Michael Suby, director of Stratecast (a division of Frost & Sullivan). "These enhancements deliver to enterprises what they need the most: flexibility to tailor security technologies to meet their unique device and information protection objectives."

With this solution, IT departments are able to enforce policies for compliance, protection and recovery of stolen devices, and deliver patches and upgrades to an increasingly mobile workforce anytime, anywhere, thereby increasing productivity and efficiency. In addition to other channel partners, Alcatel-Lucent is working with Sprint to deliver the OmniAccess 3500 NLG as part of a complete wireless enterprise solution.

OmniAccess 3500 Nonstop Laptop Guardian solution includes PCMCIA cards for laptops and a management server. The product is packaged with 3G services and sold through wireless service providers and Alcatel-Lucent business partners. Nonstop Laptop Guardian is currently available through Alcatel-Lucent channels in North America, including Sprint, and will launch in Europe in Q3 2008.
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