AppGate Network Security, a leading provider of network security solutions, has today made it possible to combine Network Admission Control policies with Mobile VPN access from a range of Windows Mobile devices.
Companies increasingly want to enable their staff to use mobile devices to access email and other on line services and applications. However limited security features often restrict the use of mobile devices with properly secured networks.
AppGate´s new Network Admission Control enabled Mobile VPN Client incorporates features including client-command and client-check which remove this restriction, ensuring mobile devices are secure before application access is granted. This new product leverages Single Point of Power™, AppGate´s unique security concept that enables users to connect to any application from any device through a single point on the Internet.
The AppGate system makes it possible to integrate all types of access; mobile, PC, PDA in one single solution without having to accept reduced security or functionality. The user will get exactly the access they need when they need it – no more and no less. One user might be restricted to downloading e-mail and synchronizing their calendar to their mobile phone, while another who is running the required AV software on their mobile device might have access to SAP and their CRM system as well.
According to AppGateґs development manager Martin Forssйn: “Using the Windows Mobile Platform with AppGate´s client-command and client-check features gives the system administrator the ability to check the device before it is permitted access to the network. The client can be checked for virtually anything but a typical usage will be to check for the latest version of some anti-virus software.”
He continues: “The client command functionality also makes it easier to automate access for users. For example, when using the mobile device to access the intranet, the browser can automatically be directed to the Intranet home page.”
The new Mobile VPN Client is designed to work seamlessly with all the existing AppGate functionality. So in the above example URL filtering functionality can be used to ensure only pages designed for mobile use can be accessed. As in all AppGate client solutions, multiple authentication options are offered, including the use of LDAP/AD. Roaming is also supported, so users are able to move from a GPRS connection to a 802.11 connection without having to re-authenticate.