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International certification for VPN Firewall Brick

Alcatel-Lucent : 15 July, 2009  (New Product)
EAL-4+ certification achieved by VPN Firewall Brick from Alcatel-Lucent for network perimeter protection
Alcatel-Lucent has announced that its VPN Firewall Brick portfolio has been certified by the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) to be compliant to EAL-4+. This certification provides further indication of the trust customers can put in Alcatel-Lucent's VPN Firewall Brick portfolio to deliver a robust, high-security perimeter defence system to help protect network environments from vulnerabilities and attacks.

EAL-4+ certification verifies that the development, manufacturing and support processes of the products have been audited, ensuring enterprises and service providers that the solution will be reliable when implemented in networks. Choosing a certified firewall solution is key consideration for service providers delivering managed services, government agencies and enterprises of all sizes and industry types. With the addition of EAL-4+ certification to the VPN Firewall Brick portfolio, Alcatel-Lucent customers are assured of a compliant, end-to-end security solution that provides coverage of the management interface along with the security appliance, something no other vendor delivers today. This is critical as often vendors certify only the appliances, which can lead to potential vulnerabilities when interfacing with external management systems.

Industry security expert Carlos Solari, Vice President for quality, security and reliability at Alcatel-Lucent, former White House CIO and co-author of Security in a Web 2.0+ World said, "With today's ever-increasing threat levels from hackers, malware or other cyber attacks, 'defense in depth' solutions - ones that are multi-layered and resistant to compromise - are required to minimise corporate risk and ensure regulatory compliance. The Alcatel-Lucent VPN Firewall is specifically designed with the highest degree of security into the system from the start. We think of it as coding security into the DNA of our solutions, as opposed to attempting to protect the system after the fact."

"In today's insecure world, customers and partners rely on proven, easy-to-deploy, independently certified security solutions," added Michel Emelianoff, Vice President of Alcatel-Lucent enterprise security solutions. "Maintaining certification from independent organisations underscores Alcatel-Lucent's ongoing commitment to provide the most reliable communications security products on the market."

The Alcatel-Lucent VPN Firewall Brick portfolio delivers security for mission-critical IP applications to company headquarters, branch offices, trading partners, mobile employees and customers. The following three industry certifications cover the entire VPN Firewall Brick product line:

* Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 4 augmented (EAL4+) -- certification from NIAP covering the complete application range and associated management system, May 2009
* Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 (FIPS 140-2) -- certification from the National Institute of Standards and Technology that allows deployment in government departments and regulated industries, 2008
* IPSec 1.3 and 2.2 - recently renewed basic certification from ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon Business Systems

Together, the certifications confirm that the Alcatel-Lucent VPN Firewall Brick solution portfolio will provide stringent firewall protection for organisations' valuable and sensitive data.
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