Leading SSL VPN company Aventail today announced an updated version of its Aventail Mobile solution for PDAs and smart phones. Aventail Mobile 2 extends Aventail’s ease of use and end point control with key features such as mobile roaming, which enables users to move between wireless networks without losing the VPN connection, and device watermarking, which gives administrators the ability to both classify a managed device and disable access from the device if lost or stolen.
Unlike other mobile access solutions, Aventail is the only vendor to provide organizations with a single, remote access gateway for all access, whether from a mobile device or any other managed or unmanaged system. For users, Aventail enables fast and easy access from any Web-enabled phone, including Windows Mobile PDAs and smart phones, Symbian smart phones, DoCoMo iMode devices, and any WAP2.0-enabled device.
Aventail Mobile 2 provides complete security and control of mobile device access to critical network resources from any wireless network environment. Aventail technology provides the same granular access control for all mobile devices, as well as for Linux, Macintosh and Windows systems. For administrators, Aventail Mobile is part of Aventail’s Unified Policy model, which provides centralized management for all users, devices, and resources.
“Mobile devices have become an indispensable productivity tool for many corporate users. However, because most mobile deployments have been either entirely unmanaged or tactical in nature, most firms have not developed standard policies, processes, or technology that support mobile security,” states Ellen Daley, vice president and research director, Forrester Research, in the report entitled, Mobile Device Security in 2006. “The growing use of mobile devices for business applications in the enterprise poses significant security threats as customer and corporate data is dispersed on devices.”
The specific new features in Aventail Mobile 2 include: 1) Mobile Roaming: With Aventail, PDA users can change networks without having to re-authenticate or re-launch the VPN, achieving session persistence. 2) Windows Mobile 5 Support: Aventail Mobile supports all devices running Microsoft Windows Mobile version 5, which is becoming the de facto standard for enterprise-issued smart phones and PDAs. Aventail Mobile also supports existing Windows Mobile 4.2 devices. 3) Mobile End Point Control: Aventail’s market-leading end point control model now extends to Windows Mobile PDAs, providing device interrogation and access control based on the state of the mobile end point. 4) Mobile Device Watermarks: Aventail Mobile allows administrators to use a certificate to watermark a mobile device, and if the device is lost or stolen, the administrator can quickly revoke the certificate and render the device useless for corporate network access.
Aventail Mobile 2 builds on the market-leading mobility solution the company introduced in 2005, which featured clientless and agent-based access methods for mobile devices: WorkPlace Mobile and Connect Mobile. WorkPlace Mobile is a customized Web portal, allowing easy, clientless access to Web-based applications from any mobile device. Connect Mobile is a light-weight, Web-deployed agent that provides Windows Mobile PDA users with broad access to both Web and client/server applications.
Aventail Mobile also optimizes the application content on each mobile device, so a user automatically receives access only to those applications that are appropriate for his device, rather than being shown links that would not work or are not optimized for a mobile device.