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Juniper Networks Unified Access Control Solution Supports 802.1X and Trusted Network Connect Open Standards


Company Continues To Drive Adoption of Standards-Based Network Access Control

SUNNYVALE, Calif., November 13, 2006 - Juniper Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: JNPR) today extended its commitment to open standards for network access control through its new Unified Access Control (UAC) 2.0 solution. With today’s announcement of UAC 2.0, Juniper Networks has delivered the industry’s first vendor-agnostic, standards-based network access control solution that features integrated support for both 802.1X and the Trusted Network Connect (TNC) open specifications. By teaming with network infrastructure and security vendors pledging support for the TNC standards, as well as the IEEE 802.1X standard, Juniper is providing a comprehensive and flexible approach to network access control that enables enterprises to maximize their investments in best-in-class infrastructure, lower total cost of ownership and improve their overall security posture.

For more information on the new UAC 2.0 solution, see today’s press release titled, “Juniper Networks Launches New Unified Access Control Solution with Expanded Interoperability and Functionality” at

“With our integrated 802.1X functionality and support for TNC, we are leapfrogging the competition with our UAC 2.0 solution,” said Hitesh Sheth, vice president of security products at Juniper Networks. “Juniper is helping to eliminate customers’ concerns about being locked into a single vendor for network infrastructure based on their choice of network access control solutions. The UAC 2.0 solution can be deployed into any 802.1X-enabled infrastructure and will interoperate with any TNC-compliant solution.”
Adoption of 802.1X Technology on the Rise

According to an Infonetics Research survey, 55 percent of all enterprises will have deployed some 802.1X technology in their networks by 20071. Juniper Networks’ UAC 2.0 solution operates with any vendor’s 802.1X-enabled switch or access point, providing organizations with an immediate network access control solution that requires no additional infrastructure investment. Standards-based enforcement on a vendor-agnostic infrastructure enables enterprises to control access to the network at Layer 2, before an IP address is assigned, thereby mitigating threats to the network from unauthenticated users and non-compliant endpoints prior to admission. In contrast, competitive network access control solutions from other network infrastructure providers force enterprises into deploying an end-to-end proprietary infrastructure.

“In today’s complex networks, vendor-exclusive solutions are neither pragmatic nor comprehensive. Enterprises are demanding networking and security solutions that interoperate in a functional way that adds value to their investment and provides flexibility and longevity. Juniper Networks is showing a clear understanding of enterprise requirements, delivering a standards-based network access control solution that provides our customers flexibility and choice, and increases the potential value of their investment in Aruba’s 802.1X-enabled wireless and mobility solutions,” said Keerti Melkote, founder of Aruba Networks.

“We applaud Juniper’s leadership in developing a standards-based architecture that meets customer’s network access control demands today. As a leading proponent of standards-based solutions and provider of standards-based products, we believe that it’s critical for the industry to establish an access control standard that alleviates the confusion and concerns of enterprises and allows them to move forward with employing solutions that meet their security requirements,” said Paul Congdon, chief technology officer at ProCurve Networking by HP.
Support for TNC

Juniper’s UAC solution supports TNC, a suite of open standards for network access control developed by the Trusted Computing Group. The TNC specifications are designed to help network administrators solve the difficult task of enforcing security policies for network access in heterogeneous networks with an increasingly diverse mix of devices and software. By integrating support for the TNC specifications in UAC 2.0, customers benefit from a greater choice of trusted tools that comprehensively protect against network threats such as viruses, worms and denial-of-service attacks.

“Our support for the Juniper Networks UAC solution and the TNC open standards initiative demonstrates our commitment to industry collaboration. By teaming with Juniper, our Network Security Management product provides an effective feedback loop for detecting anomalous behavior and security incidents after trusted endpoints have been granted access to the network,” said Tom Turner, vice president of marketing for Q1 Labs.

“As a member of the Trusted Computing Group, and supporter of the 802.1X and TNC standards, RSA applauds Juniper Networks’ efforts to deliver network access control solutions that support open specifications,” said Toffer Winslow, vice president of product management and marketing at RSA, The Security Division of EMC. “RSA looks forward to continuing its work with Juniper to deliver interoperable solutions which enable customers to secure critical information throughout the enterprise.”

“Symantec and Juniper are collaborating to enhance and integrate our existing endpoint compliance and access control offerings via support of the TNC open standard to build best-in-class, standards-based network enforcement and endpoint compliance solutions,” said Chirantan “CJ” Desai, director of product management, Symantec.
Juniper’s Unified Access Control Solution

Today’s enterprise networks are growing increasingly complex and mobile with a multitude of users including employees, guests, partners and contractors requiring access to critical business information from network endpoints that are poorly managed, unmanaged, and in some cases, unmanageable. Business requirements demand that these users and devices get access to resources and applications, but providing such access without sufficient controls opens the enterprise to a number of business and security risks and regulatory compliance challenges. Juniper Networks’ UAC solution solves the problem of balancing access and security controls by binding user identity, endpoint integrity and location information with access controls, for dynamic policy management that is enforced in real-time throughout the network.
About Juniper Networks, Inc.

Juniper Networks develops purpose-built, high performance IP platforms that enable customers to support a wide variety of services and applications at scale. Service providers, enterprises, governments and research and education institutions rely on Juniper to deliver a portfolio of proven networking, security and application acceleration solutions that solve highly complex, fast-changing problems in the world’s most demanding networks. Additional information can be found at

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Note 1 - “Enforcing Network Access Control: Market Outlook and Worldwide Forecast”, Infonetics Report, January 2006.


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