Over 300 organizations now use Aventail Connect Mobile for secure access from mobile devices

By | October 2, 2006

Leading SSL VPN company Aventail today announced that over 300 organizations, including Mitsubishi Electronic Power Products, Trans State Airlines, and Mississippi Department of Corrections, are using Aventail Connect Mobile to securely and remotely connect their mobile workforce to network resources.

Connect Mobile is the market’s first SSL VPN designed and certified for Windows Mobile PDAs, providing an “in office” experience for end users connecting to email, client/server applications and other corporate resources. As an add-on to Aventail’s new ST2 SSL VPN, Connect Mobile is part of an integrated solution for all remote access. Aventail ST2 also provides easy-to-use, secure access to any application from desktops and laptops, as well as access to any Web application from any mobile device, including Blackberry, Symbian, Windows Mobile, and DoCoMo devices.

“We have been providing secure remote access to our employees with the Aventail SSL VPN for a while with optimal results. We have now extended these SSL VPN capabilities to our PDA users with Connect Mobile, keeping them as connected and productive as if they were in the office,” said Michael Doak, Network Operations Manager, Mitsubishi Electronic Power Products, Inc. “Using Connect Mobile for our PDA users is easier, more secure, and more economical than deploying and supporting a separate mobile email solution.”

To increase productivity and security for today’s workers, many enterprises are choosing to issue PDAs to mobile workers, such as sales or service personnel. In fact over 22% of the workforce use some type of mobile application, such as email and calendaring, and are demanding access to additional corporate applications and resources. It is therefore an IT imperative to find secure solutions that enable increased user productivity on PDAs. These solutions need to ensure security of the data and the corporate applications and integrate to the existing environment without being an expensive or unnecessary point solution. Aventail Connect Mobile is the first solution to meet those requirements.

Aventail ST2 with Connect Mobile provides complete security and control of mobile device access to critical network resources from any wireless network environment. Connect Mobile is a small agent that can be deployed on demand from a Web portal, or installed on the mobile device. It instantly provides users with secure, authenticated access to their email and client/server applications, as if they were on the corporate LAN. Significantly for full user productivity, this means that PDA users have session persistence, and can click on links in emails and immediately approve requisitions or review documents, instead of waiting to log in from their laptop. For top-level security, Connect Mobile provides encryption, highly granular access controls, End Point Control to interrogate the health of the device, and Device Watermarking to protect lost or stolen devices.

Deployments Highlighted:

Mitsubishi Electronic Power Products, Inc.

Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc. (MEPPI) serves the North American power systems, metals production, rail transportation, and water treatment industries with electrical and electronic products, systems, and services. Aventail provides MEPPI’s employees with full network access to their corporate networks not only from their laptops, but also, through Connect Mobile, from their mobile PDAs. With Aventail Connect Mobile and ST2, MEPPI’s administrators have the ability to selectively determine who gets access to specific resources based on the type and health of the device that they are connecting from—an invaluable security feature. For example, Connect Mobile enables the IT Administrators at MEPPI to respond to almost any help desk support issue from their PDA from any location.

Trans State Airlines (TSA)

The sixth-largest independent regional airline in the country, TSA carries over 3.4 million passengers with over 300 flights to 62 cities as a quality regional feeder airline for American Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways. Aventail ST2 provides TSA’s 2000 aviation professionals including executive and management staff, contracted pilots on non-IT managed mobile devices and business partners like United Airlines and Sabre with a secure remote access solution that works easily and dependably, while simultaneously reducing administrative demands on their limited IT staff. Using Aventail Connect Mobile, executives can use their PDAs to access the information they need from anywhere on the road, and pilots can make a last minute review of flight plans before taking off. .

Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC)

The Mississippi Department of Corrections’ mission is to provide and promote public safety through efficient and effective custody, care, control and treatment of offenders. Aventail’s strong support of mobile devices is one of the main reasons MDOC chose Aventail as their SSL VPN vendor. Aventail ST2 SSL VPN enables the MDOC’s 600 users – including parole and correction officers, private prisons, and state jails — to connect remotely to its offender tracking system, probation and parole system, inmate banking system, intranet, and email, significantly increasing their productivity. And using ST2 with Aventail Connect Mobile, MDOC’s growing number of PDA users, including the Commissioner, can efficiently and securely work from anywhere.

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