Aventail’s SSL VPN Becoming the De Facto Standard for Secure Wi-Fi Access

By | November 2, 2006

SSL VPN leader Aventail announced today that universities across the globe, including Norwich University, University of Ballarat, and University of Ottawa, have selected and deployed Aventail’s award-winning SSL VPN solution to help provide secure remote access to their campus-wide Wi-Fi networks.

IT administrators in universities are now strategically approaching their security infrastructure, selecting remote access solutions that provide students, facility and staff with easy, reliable access to their applications no matter where they are—off-campus, on-campus or on a mobile device—and at the same time increase their application security with strong access controls.

“Over the last few years, we found more and more universities coming to Aventail because of Aventail’s unique approach to secure access,” said Sarah Daniels, VP of Marketing, Aventail. “With Aventail, IT administrators at universities gain the flexibility that they need to give students, facility and staff easy access to their Wi-Fi networks. They also gain a solution that improves security, is easy to manage, and lowers support calls.”

Security Requirements for Universities

Aventail is the only SSL VPN provider to provide universities with benefits such as: network-independent, centrally managed security; easy set up and use; seamless connectivity over Wi-Fi, wired or satellite; works on Windows, Macintosh, Linux and mobile devices; granular access controls including health monitoring of the end device; and “quarantine zones” for students whose devices need an update such as an OS patch or an anti-virus solution.

The following are the latest universities to join an increasing number of educational institutions that are using Aventail as their de facto SSL VPN:

Norwich University

The oldest private military institution in the country, Norwich University was looking for a security solution so that students, facility and staff had access to e-mail, files and presentations, databases, and various other applications over a wireless network using an intuitive interface. They replaced Cisco’s IPSec VPN with Aventail’s SSL VPN, and now professors, staff and administrators at Norwich University can access their resources clientlessly – or virtually clientlessly – from both University-owned and privately owned devices. Further, Norwich University users who live in rural areas and count on satellite connections can work seamlessly over satellite, which didn’t work on their old IPSec VPN.

University of Ottawa

For more than 150 years, University of Ottawa has been recognized as Canada´s premier bilingual university located in the heart of Canada’s capital. It serves more than 30,000 full- and part-time students with a comprehensive range of first-rate undergraduate and graduate programs. As an alternative to Cisco’s IPSec VPN, University of Ottawa will deploy Aventail’s SSL VPN for its staff members (program developers, administrators, professors, deans) to securely access their in-house applications via a proprietary TN3270 emulation program. With the Aventail solution, staff members can now access students´ information and/or staff members’ information, clientlessly and securely—from virtually anywhere. The solution further protects the University’s data by ensuring that any required desktop anti-virus software is present prior to allowing a client to log on to the system. Since the Aventail solution does not require a VPN client on every desktop, University of Ottawa is also considering using Aventail´s SSL VPN over its campus-wide Wi-Fi network.

University of Ballarat

Originating in 1870, the University of Ballarat (UB) is the third-oldest educational institution in Australia. Using Aventail’s SSL VPN, students and staff can access e-mail, lecture notes and research located on shared drives over a growing Wi-Fi network, clientlessly. They rely on Aventail’s granular access controls and End Point Control capabilities to ensure that only authorized users on virus-free devices get access to their resources.

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