Universities secure remote access to WiFi networks with Aventail technology

— November 08, 2006

Three universities - Norwich University, University of Ballarat, and University of Ottawa - have selected and deployed Aventail's SSL VPN solution to help provide secure remote access to their campus-wide WiFi networks. IT administrators in universities are now strategically approaching their security infrastructure, selecting remote access solutions that provide students, facility and staff with easy, reliable access to their applications no matter where they are - off-campus, on-campus or on a mobile device - and at the same time increase their application security with strong access controls.

"Over the last few years, we found more and more universities coming to Aventail because of Aventail's unique approach to secure access," said Sarah Daniels, VP of Marketing, Aventail. "With Aventail, IT administrators at universities gain the flexibility that they need to give students, facility and staff easy access to their WiFi networks. They also gain a solution that improves security, is easy to manage, and lowers support calls."

Aventail is the only SSL VPN provider to provide universities with benefits such as network-independent, centrally managed security; easy set up and use; seamless connectivity over WiFi, wired or satellite; works on Windows, Macintosh, Linux and mobile devices; granular access controls including health monitoring of the end device; and "quarantine zones" for students whose devices need an update such as an OS patch or an anti-virus solution.

Norwich University, the nation's oldest private military institution, replaced Cisco's IPSec VPN with Aventail's SSL VPN. Now professors, staff and administrators at Norwich University can access their resources clientlessly - or virtually clientlessly - from both University-owned and privately owned devices. Norwich users who live in rural areas and count on satellite connections can work seamlessly over satellite, which didn't work on their old IPSec VPN.

The University of Ottawa is Canada's premier bilingual university, serving more than 30,000 full- and part-time students. As an alternative to Cisco's IPSec VPN, University of Ottawa will deploy Aventail's SSL VPN for its staff members (program developers, administrators, professors, deans) to securely access their in-house applications via a proprietary TN3270 emulation program. With the Aventail solution, staff members can now access students' information and/or staff members' information, clientlessly and securely - from virtually anywhere. Since the Aventail deployment does not require a VPN client on every desktop, University of Ottawa is also considering using Aventail's SSL VPN over its campus-wide WiFi network.

The 136-year-old University of Ballarat is the third-oldest educational institution in Australia. Using Aventail's SSL VPN, students and staff can access e-mail, lecture notes and research located on shared drives over a growing WiFi network, clientlessly.

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