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Path Finder Technology Overcomes IPsec Communication Problems at Firewalls

NCP Engineering : 12 March, 2010  (New Product)
Secure remote access now available even in areas where firewall settings are a challenge with Path Finder from NCP Engineering enabling connection in IPsec-hostile environments
NCP engineering has announced a breakthrough in remote access, with a solution to the complex network connectivity issues created by firewall settings that prevent IPsec communication. The company's Path Finder technology ensures users are able to establish a secure connection to the corporate network from any remote location, granting full IPsec VPN access and policy enforcement—without compromising productivity or security. The user simply logs onto the local network, as they would any other, and connects to the corporate network without delay or the need to change settings. Further, local network security is never compromised, ensuring both corporate and public security policies are followed.

The problem of IPsec-hostile firewall settings is commonly found in public Internet access points, where the provider—hotel, airport, coffee shop, etc.—secures its network by restricting Web traffic to allow only Internet browsing and email. Restricting firewall settings in this way has, until today, prevented IPsec VPN access—resulting in users spending hours working with their company's IT support team to establish remote network access beyond simply checking email and surfing the Web.


NCP engineering's Path Finder technology is integrated into the company's VPN clients. This feature recognizes that the VPN gateway cannot connect via standard IPsec protocol, automatically changes to a modified IPsec protocol and emulates HTTPS to establish a connection.

The connection formed with the Path Finder technology is safe and connected with the centrally-installed NCP Secure Enterprise Server. Remote staff can use all authentication mechanisms and advantages of IPsec, such as simultaneous use of software and hardware-based certificates.

With this technology, there is less performance requirement on the gateway side, as all security aspects under IPsec are continuously considered (i.e. end-to-end security on the basis of a centrally-determined security policy).

"Customers who have rethought their remote access systems with the NCP Secure Enterprise Management System will see a significant drop in IT support calls and reclaim hours of lost productivity from staff working remotely—from home, in a hotel, at an airport, etc.," said Jörg Hirschmann, CTO, NCP engineering. "Network connectivity problems related to IPsec-hostile firewall settings are a thing of the past with our Path Finder technology."
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