Vernier Broadens Network Admission Management Capabilities Through Support of Network Access Protection Technology from Microsoft

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Vernier Networks Joins MicrosoftÂ?s Network Access Protection Partner Program to Deliver Secure Network Admission Management

http://www.verniernetworks.com - Vernier Networks today announced its support for Network Access Protection technology from Microsoft, which will further strengthen Vernier’s ability to deliver network admission management and secure network access to mission critical enterprise infrastructures. Vernier’s Adaptive Security Platform will be integrated with Microsoft’s extensible, standards-based secure access solution and will be deployed by hundreds of enterprises around the world, to assure that only clean devices and authorized users are allowed on the network.

Industry’s Only Network Based Admission Management Solution

Vernier offers the only network-based admission management solution in the industry. Vernier’s Trusted Network Admission Management (TNAM), a key module of the Vernier Adaptive Security Platform (ASP), ensures that users and their devices are clean before they are allowed onto the corporate network, saving IT administrators time and money, while guaranteeing ultimate protection from worms, viruses and unauthorized intrusions.

"IT staffs have told us that they want a security infrastructure that allows them to monitor and control device access to corporate networks and if desired can update non-compliant computers prior to admittance," said Steve Anderson, director in the Windows Server Group at Microsoft Corp. "Network Access Protection technology has garnered support from security industry companies like Vernier Networks because it will help customers lower the cost of access management and complexity while simultaneously providing them with more granular control over who gets on the network and when."

“An overwhelming majority of devices run Microsoft Windows and will become Network Access Protection compliant.” said Simon Khalaf, President and CEO of Vernier Networks. “Integrating Network Access Protection into our Adaptive Security Products will allow us to offer these end-users the most stringent admission management without having them deploy additional software on their desktop and having them incur extra management costs. By working with Microsoft, we will deliver an even stronger guarantee of a network free from worms, viruses and unwanted intruders.”

Network Access Protection technology delivers a uniform method for detecting the health of a remote computer such as a laptop attempting to connect to a network. This computer's access to the corporate network is restricted until compliance to policy is validated and the computer is updated to current security policy levels. Vernier’s Adaptive Security Platform will be updated to support Network Access Protection technology to assure each end-point computer's compliance with security best practices and successful screening through AAA, vulnerability assessment, patch updating and configuration policies prior to granting access to the enterprise network.

Five Layers of Security are Required to Guarantee Network Protection

The Vernier Adaptive Security Platform addresses internal and external attacks with five layers of network security, designed to provide enterprises with the most rigorous and stringent security controls for their wired and wireless networks. The Vernier ASP includes: Trusted Network Design, Trusted Network Admission, Trusted Network Defense, Trusted Network Outbreak Management and Trusted Network Remediation. These layers reduce the possibility of an attack, and if an attack occurs, resolve the attack immediately, while adapting policy to prevent future threats to the network. The result is an unprecedented level of network security and an assurance of network continuity.

About Vernier Networks

Vernier Networks offers the industry’s first adaptive security products for wired and wireless networks that enable enterprises to assure business continuity. Vernier’s Adaptive Security Platform (ASP) proactively protects enterprise networks from increasingly complex attacks, actively resolves intrusions, while continually adapting network security policy to protect against future threats. Vernier’s proven security solutions operate today in thousands of networks for hundreds of customer worldwide, and have received numerous awards including InfoWorld’s 2004 Technology of the Year Award and the 2003 Product of the Year Award from Network Magazine. Vernier is a privately held company headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. and can be found on the Web at http://www.verniernetworks.com.

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