Blue Ridge Networks Announces Support for Microsoft Network Access Protection Technology

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Rapid NAC Deployment Technology Being Combined into Network Access Protection Infrastructure

protecting corporate assets and controlling the spread of viruses is all about enforcing security policy compliance.

Blue Ridge Networks, a leading provider of high assurance security solutions to business and government, today announced that it has joined the partner ecosystem supporting Microsoft Network Access Protection technology. The company is already working with Microsoft on integrating the Blue Ridge/Secure EdgeGuard solution that strengthens control of fixed, remote and mobile endpoints.

Network Access Protection is a policy enforcement technology built into the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 operating systems that allows customers to better protect network assets from unhealthy computers by enforcing compliance with network health policies. Microsoft's Network Access Protection technology is publicly available with trial versions of Windows Vista, and available to select partners and customers with Beta 2 of the future version of Windows Server 2008.

The Blue Ridge Network Access Protection solution supports Network Access Protection by ensuring that organizations remain confident that their mission-critical servers and data are safe from unauthorized access and attacks. The rapidly-deployable solution locks down endpoints to reduce risks of attack, lower operational costs and free end-users from security management tasks.

The Blue Ridge/Secure EdgeGuard technology (Blue Ridge solutions) accomplishes this by preventing end-users from making system changes that can expose the organization to malware attacks or worse. The solution ensures that client security software is continuously running, contains at-risk applications that could potentially be exploited, identifies pirated software, enforces endpoint settings that prevents users from altering system configurations, automatically and remotely corrects vulnerabilities, quarantines at-risk endpoints and enforces location-specific policies.

'Microsoft is pleased that Blue Ridge Networks will be supporting Network Access Protection,' said Manlio Vecchiet, group product manager, security and access product marketing at Microsoft. 'Blue Ridge technology, working with Network Access Protection, will benefit customers by heightening confidence that high standards of security technology are helping to protect an organization's endpoints in a cost-effective, rapid and flexible process.'

Mike Fumai, CEO of Blue Ridge Networks, emphasized that "protecting corporate assets and controlling the spread of viruses is all about enforcing security policy compliance." 'Working with Microsoft and its Network Access Protection platform will allow delivery of security technology suitable for the most mission-critical environments in the world today.'

About Blue Ridge Networks
Blue Ridge Networks is a respected and leading provider of unparalleled security solutions for government and private industry. The company's products have a proven ability to exploit the advantages of the internet and are relied upon by hundreds of large enterprises. Blue Ridge solutions represent high standards of security strength as tested and certified by independent organizations. The company's products have earned: FIPS 140-2, Common Criteria, Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC), ARMY TIC, and Department of Defense SPOCK certifications. Additionally, they comply with important HIPAA, HSPD-12, and PCI regulations. Information about the company's products and managed services can be found by visiting http://www.blueridgenetworks.com.

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