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D-Link embeds Microsoft network security

D-Link : 25 June, 2008  (New Product)
Network Access Protection from Microsoft now available as part of the xStack switch range from D-Link for added network security
D-Link has further demonstrated its commitment to the latest in advanced security technology by announcing the integration of Microsoft Network Access Protection (NAP) technology in its family of xStack switches. Microsoft NAP is a new platform that controls access to network resources based on a client computer's identity and its adherence with a company's corporate governance policy.

Providing enterprise-level security and advanced network interoperability, Network Access Protection (NAP) is one of the most desired and highly anticipated features of Windows Server 2008. With the support of Microsoft NAP, D-Link xStack switches ensure that each host's access to the network is only possible if they comply with the IT security policies, as well as the update of anti-virus signatures and patches from the operating system. D-Link and Microsoft's main objective is that users can secure their network systems against possible infected computers and implement more effective security policies on computer networks.

Microsoft Network Access Protection is a policy enforcement technology built into the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 operating systems that allows customers to better protect network assets from unhealthy computers by enforcing compliance with network health policies.

Network administrators are able to define granular levels of network access based on who a client is, the groups to which the client belongs, and the degree to which that client is compliant with a corporate governance policy. This provides customers with bespoke enterprise-level security features that ultimately delivers valuable piece of mind, knowing that the network is protected by the latest security advances.

'At Microsoft we are delighted that D-Link has integrated Network Access Protection into their products, helping customers deploy NAP across their infrastructures,' said Gareth Hall, Windows Server Product Manager, Microsoft UK.

D-Link's xStack family is a high-end switching solution that delivers the advanced speed, management and security functionality that the ever-changing business market demands. In the last two years, D-Link has achieved global recognition, with significant uptake of its xStack switch range in the telecoms and corporate sectors.

Commenting on the announcement, Chris Davies, General Manager D-Link UK & Ireland said, 'The partnership between D-Link and Microsoft completes the powerful feature-set of our family of corporate xStack switches. In the future we also plan to integrate Microsoft NAP technology into our NetDefend security products, which will enable us to secure E2ES communications. Ensuring maximum security of the network is what IT professionals and CIOs are looking to achieve today. By integrating NAP in solutions from D-Link, our customers will benefit from improved security policies for access to the network,' concludes Davies.

The xStack technology, ranging from 10/100 and Gigabit switches up to managed Layer 2, -3 and -4 switches, offer a total solution for any corporate environment. All xStack switches are equipped with comprehensive security and control features, advanced Quality of Service (QoS), and a simple management interface which relieves the burden on network administrators.
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