Notes from the Road: VPN in Action (Day 4)

Greetings from Spokane, WA.  After completing an introductory training session in CA, René and Jens traveled north to WA, to give another VAR partner solution training and a NCP Secure Management System demonstration.  Overall, the partner was quite impressed with NCP’s technology.  Here are some of the highlights and lasting impressions from WA: Administrative overhead is removed with setting up a remote access solution with the NCP Secure Enterprise Solution NCP’s offering has the potential to run as a hosted service Its hybrid gateway allows users to connect to both IPsec and SSL-based VPNs The technology offers endpoint security enforcement capabilities (with the IPsec solution) Real-life examples took place, rather than controlled lab conditions Willingness to integrate NCP’s components in to the partner’s As NCP’s travels come to a close, it has been great to chat with both René and Jens about their POCs and VAR partner training.  All good things must come to an end, and we hope you both travel back to the U.S. soon for more VAR partner...

what we're reading, week of 8/10

SearchSecurity.com… Network access control technology: Over-hyped or underused? In his recent article, Mike Chapple explains NAC technology and its current market. Mike is confident that NAC will undergo significant growth, and even provides a helpful checklist for IT managers, as to whether or not it’s worth deploying solutions. This article is a great resource if you are unsure if a NAC solution would be beneficial to your organization. Essential Computer Security… VPN’s: IPSec vs. SSL Still confused about IPSec and SSL? Blogger, Tony Bradley presents insightful background on the on each side, and provides the pros and cons in plain English. Schneier on Security… Password Advice Using an excerpt from a post that appeared on Windows Secret, Bruce Schneier shares with us Becky Waring’s advice on securing passwords and protecting secure data. Check out no. 9, “DON’T access password-protected accounts over open Wi-Fi networks — or any other network you don’t trust — unless the site is secured via https. Use a VPN if you travel a lot.” Check out Bruce’s advice on Wired for choosing secure...

what we’re reading, week of 8/10

SearchSecurity.com… Network access control technology: Over-hyped or underused? In his recent article, Mike Chapple explains NAC technology and its current market. Mike is confident that NAC will undergo significant growth, and even provides a helpful checklist for IT managers, as to whether or not it’s worth deploying solutions. This article is a great resource if you are unsure if a NAC solution would be beneficial to your organization. Essential Computer Security… VPN’s: IPSec vs. SSL Still confused about IPSec and SSL? Blogger, Tony Bradley presents insightful background on the on each side, and provides the pros and cons in plain English. Schneier on Security… Password Advice Using an excerpt from a post that appeared on Windows Secret, Bruce Schneier shares with us Becky Waring’s advice on securing passwords and protecting secure data. Check out no. 9, “DON’T access password-protected accounts over open Wi-Fi networks — or any other network you don’t trust — unless the site is secured via https. Use a VPN if you travel a lot.” Check out Bruce’s advice on Wired for choosing secure...

Notes from the Road: VPN in action (day 3)

Today, René and Jens were in CA to bring a VAR partner up to speed with NCP’s full suite of VPN solutions. The focus of today was on training and demo installations. Not as action-packed as NY and OH, however, there was a lot of conversation about the flexibility, granularity and maturity of the technology. Highlights included features overview and prepping for tomorrow’s demonstration of how the VAR partner could ‘host’ the VPN as a service for a customer, taking even the management part out of their hands: VPN as a service (can we coin the term VaaS?). More to come later in the week as René and Jens finish up with the VaaS demo and then travel to WA for more VAR partner...

Notes from the Road: VPN in action (day 2)

Today, Jens and René stopped in Ohio on his cross country trek spreading secure VPN wherever he stops. Friday’s proof of concept (POC) was for a national architectural and civil engineering firm. The scenario? Check Point VPN solution was having troubles overcoming hotel connection issues for road worriers (with overlapping subnets or firewall preventing IPsec traffic) and they needed 64-bit XP and Windows 7 client support, combined with a desire to integrate endpoint security enforcement in the near future. Neither of which Check Point offers. The POC? Another full VPN install – right over existing Check Point gear. Starting with the NCP Secure Enterprise Client, René set up 64-bit XP users and by way of some nifty technology we’re not at liberty to discuss at the moment solved both the overlapping subnet hotel issue, AND users can now connect to the IPSec VPN behind hotel firewalls (more on this cool tech later). Customer reaction? A bold pronouncement of, “ooooh ahhhhh, I didn’t know a VPN could do all this!” (and more!) René explained the adoration generated from the central management, control and policy setting and personal firewall functions NCP’s 64-bit VPN “secure communication suite” solution provided. They also liked the tight iPass integration too. The big wow factor was the fact that NCP’s enterprise VPN solution adapted to every nook and cranny remote access need by the customer. The cookie cutter VPN is officially dead. The many possibilities and options the NCP solution as a whole offers allows for customized tailor-made setups to fulfill the unique requirements. More next week when René visits CA to train two West Coast...