NCP Continues Award Streak for Remote Access VPN Products in 2013

At NCP, we’re committed to helping organizations overcome the complexities of managing, maintaining and securing remote access, no matter how simple or complex their remote access environments are. And while positive feedback from customers is always a good thing, it’s equally rewarding to be recognized by industry-leading associations and magazines, as was recently the case on two separate occasions. Last week, NCP engineering was named a finalist in the ‘Best New Product or Service – Software –  Security Solution’ category in the prestigious 2013 American Business Awards. Further establishing its leadership in the industry, NCP was also named a ‘Gold’ winner in Security Products‘ Govies awards, which honor outstanding government security products in a variety of categories. NCP’s award-winning Secure Enterprise Management (SEM) 3.0 solution was recognized in both programs for its single point of network administration to control organizations’ entire IPsec and SSL VPN networks and its full Network Access Control (NAC) management. SEM 3.0 grants organizations the ability to provide unparalleled network security with NCP Advanced Authentication, which enables powerful Two-Factor Authentication with a One-Time Password that users receive via SMS from the NCP Advanced Authentication Connector. This eliminates the need for enterprises to use other third-party solutions, instead enabling Two-Factor Authentication with only a mobile phone. It also supports a broad range of operating systems, including Windows 8/7/Vista/XP, Windows Mobile/Phone, Android, Mac OS X, iOS, BlackBerry, Symbian and Linux. The recent award wins are a testament to NCP’s commitment to creating VPN products that meet customer demand and provide the flexibility to enable mobile communications while ensuring maximum security. NCP is constantly working to create solutions...

NCP engineering’s Remote Access VPN Management System Now Linux-Compatible

A recent Linux enterprise end-user survey found that more than 80 percent of respondents plan to increase the number of Linux servers in their organizations over the next five years. As such, it’s imperative that IT takes all the necessary precautions to ensure a company’s networking hardware and software supports Linux. Heeding this market demand, NCP engineering has announced the availability of its Linux-compatible Secure Enterprise Management System (SEM) 3.0. The NCP SEM 3.0 is a fully automated VPN management software solution that was recently named a finalist in the American Business Awards. By centrally controlling enterprise VPN clients and SSL/IPsec VPN gateways, NCP’s technology substantially reduces the complexity and total cost of ownership (TCO) for network administrators. SEM 3.0 also supports the NCP Secure Enterprise Android Client, which allows IT administrators to seamlessly and safely integrate employees’ Android 4.0+ smartphones or tablets into their enterprises’ remote access VPN infrastructure. NCP simplifies the process of configuring VPN clients on Android devices, and helps administrators easily issue certificates, licenses and other security updates. Enterprises utilizing SEM 3.0 for Linux can now enjoy the benefits of NCP’s advanced Two-Factor Authentication, too. This solution is enabled with a mobile phone or device that uses a One-Time Password that users receive via SMS. Each password provided by NCP is a created by a random number generated within the NCP Advanced Authentication Connector. To learn more about the NCP SEM 3.0’s new Linux compatibility, check out the full press release here. Happy SEM Linux users – we’d love to hear your feedback on the...

eWeek Explains How NCP’s VPN Client Supports Android BYOD Security

Enterprises know they’ll have happier employees if they embrace BYOD rather than prohibit it. Welcoming BYOD can be better for business output, too—the trick is to find the tools that keep employees productive when they’re using their own smartphones, tablets or laptops to access the corporate network remotely. In his recent reviews of NCP’s managed IPsec VPN clients compatible with Android (version 4.0 and higher), eWeek journalist Jeff Cogswell set out to determine just how well NCP’s VPN supports BYOD. The result? Not just a pass, but one with flying colors. Cogswell was particularly sold on a few of NCP’s product features that make it suited for welcoming Android-based mobile devices into the enterprise. For one, the installation was a quick and painless process. Right away, Cogswell connected to NCP’s test server and his own VPN server, which is OpenBSD. He also tested it with a Cisco server, and it worked in all cases—the fact that NCP’s Secure Enterprise Android Client is compatible with all common VPN gateways is a huge plus, since IT departments are increasingly compelled to support various platforms. The eWeek reviewer was also relieved that his smartphone didn’t have to be rooted; in fact, he said it’s a significant differentiator between NCP’s offering and other Android apps: “I have spent a lot of time using Android devices in recent years, and what struck me as particularly interesting is that your phone doesn’t need to be rooted. Rather, Android supports the networking tasks that this VPN client requires. That’s a huge plus.” Cogswell highlighted many other benefits, including how the client allows you to choose the...

May Feature of the Month: SSL VPN & PortableLAN Client, Part Three

Over the past couple of weeks, we have explored the Web proxy feature of our SSL VPN technology, which isolates the internal Web server from direct access via the Internet. We have also discussed the thin client SSL, which provides companies with secure remote access to a wide range of corporate applications that aren’t exclusively Web-enabled. This week, we will round out our May Feature of the Month series with NCP’s PortableLAN Client. The Web proxy and thin clients successfully delivered secure remote connections to those customers seeking access to Web- and non-http-enabled applications, yet we were noticing an increasing demand for a client that could deliver a fully transparent connection to the central network. With today’s workforce becoming increasingly mobile, our customers have made it clear that it is imperative for remote employees to have comprehensive network access. With this in mind, we created the NCP PortableLAN Client. To understand how the PortableLAN Client works, a basic knowledge of a local area network (LAN) is required. A LAN is a group of computers and associated devices that share a common communications line or wireless link (i.e. a corporate network). In order to deliver a fully transparent portable LAN, the SSL VPN software must be installed on each end device, similar to the process of installing an IPsec client. Once this is done, the client serves as the virtual connection, transmitting all network traffic via the encrypted SSL connection and allowing workers to connect remotely. Just like that, comprehensive, fully transparent network access is made available! Whether companies require their remote network access to be completely opaque, or specific...

May Feature of the Month: SSL VPN, Part Two: Thin Client

Last week, we took a look at the web proxy feature of our SSL VPN technology as part of our Feature of the Month series. This week, we’ll be focusing on NCP’s thin client SSL, which provides companies with secure remote access to a wide range of corporate applications that aren’t exclusively Web-enabled. Soon after enterprises saw clear productivity gains when mobile workers were able to access their corporate networks with NCP’s web proxy VPN, more customers started demanding greater functionality from their SSL VPNs. Specifically, our users wanted to connect directly to certain applications on specific ports. In response to that demand, we introduced our second-generation SSL in the form of a thin client, which is a small footprint software client installed and linked via the SSL session. Now, if companies wish to access non-http-enabled applications and are using an SSL VPN tunnel to communicate with a specific server within the company network, it is best to use a thin client SSL VPN. The thin client has to be installed at the end device and can be downloaded via Web browser. Specifically, companies use NCP’s port forwarding technology to open ports, configured by the administrator. These local ports allow software to securely communicate with the designated server within the company network. As you can imagine, workforce mobility has forced companies to seek even greater SSL capabilities, like comprehensive secure access to the resources housed on internal corporate networks. Tune in next time, when we round out our May Feature of the Month series by explaining our portableLAN fat client SSL functionality.            ...