Juniper Networks Advances Unified Access Control – Delivers Application and User Access Control, Visibility and Monitoring to Streamline Policy Enforcement and Mitigate Risk
Juniper Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: JNPR), the leader in high-performance networking, today announced Juniper Networks Unified Access Control (UAC) version 2.1, advancing the solution’s ability to meet the evolving access control and security requirements of high-performance businesses. Juniper’s UAC 2.1 helps reduce the cost and complexity of securing access to networks and applications. The solution delivers the access control, visibility and monitoring of applications and users needed to more effectively and efficiently address regulatory compliance while mitigating risk and exposure to today’s rapidly evolving threat landscape. With the delivery of UAC 2.1, Juniper is demonstrating continued execution of the company’s strategy to provide enterprises with advanced, coordinated visibility and control of applications and users across the extended enterprise.
“Juniper Networks is demonstrating a strong understanding of the challenges enterprise IT is facing today when looking to roll out network access control to protect their information assets and more efficiently maintain regulatory compliance,” said Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for network security at Infonetics Research.
As high-performance businesses increasingly view the network and pervasive network access as critical to their success, they are quickly recognizing that access control, visibility and monitoring of their applications and users is an effective and efficient means of mitigating exposure to internal and external threats. In parallel, network access control is evolving from setting preadmission controls, enabling guest user access and assessing endpoint policy, to dynamically addressing post admission policies and controls, role-based application access control and network and application visibility and monitoring. Juniper’s UAC 2.1 extends access control to network traffic by implementing security policy enforcement broader and deeper into the network’s core and outward to the network’s edge, thereby mitigating the risks associated with exposing corporate assets.
What’s New in Juniper Unified Access Control
Juniper’s UAC 2.1 provides advanced network protection; application visibility, monitoring and control and simplifies network access control deployments. Key innovations and features in Juniper’s UAC 2.1 include:
* Coordinated Threat Control: leverages the robust features and capabilities of Juniper’s Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDP) platforms to deliver broad Layer 2-7 visibility into application traffic, providing IT the ability to isolate a threat down to the user or device level and then employ a specific, configurable policy action against that user or device.
* Identity-Enabled Profiler: ties user identity and role information to network and application usage, enabling enterprise IT to more effectively track and audit network and application access, which in turn helps address regulatory compliance.
* Unmanageable Device Support: dynamically addresses unmanageable endpoint devices, such as printers or voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) phones, enabling enterprises to leverage existing policy and profile stores or asset discovery solutions for role and resource-based access control.
* Advanced Security Assessment: expands UAC’s security assessment capabilities with the integration of Shavlik NetChk® Protect predefined patch management assessment checks, enabling more enhanced, granular endpoint device health and security state assessments.
* Heterogeneous Endpoint Support: extends support for the most popular enterprise computing platforms with a new Layer 2/Layer 3 UAC Agent for the Microsoft® Windows VistaTM platform.
* Simplified Deployment: extends authentication protocol support for supporting phased deployments and provides enhanced automatic remediation capabilities to deliver a seamless end user experience.
“Juniper UAC 2.1 improves security policy enforcement for a dynamic set of users and devices across the extended enterprise, enabling enterprise IT organizations to take a proactive stance to mitigate threats, more efficiently maintain regulatory compliance and reduce administration inefficiencies that increase costs and impact productivity,” said Sanjay Beri, vice president, Access Solutions at Juniper Networks. “Our open, standards-based UAC offering provides enterprises with a simple, flexible access control solution that enables a phased approach to deployment, and protects customers’ previous IT investments.”
Pricing and Availability
Juniper UAC 2.1 is a software release that is expected to be available worldwide at the end of October 2007. The software is free of charge to UAC customers with active maintenance contracts. Pricing for new purchases starts at $5,000 for 100 concurrent users. For more information on where to purchase, please visit http://www.juniper.net/products/ua/.
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