NCP Expands IPSec VPN Secure Entry Client for Windows-Based Systems

By PRESS RELEASE — January 29, 2009

NCP engineering GmbH announced the availability of version 9.1 of the NCP Secure Entry Client, with new features aimed at making VPN security a 'one-click and forget it' experience for users. On January 20, this upgrade to NCP's universal IPSec VPN client will provide users with a flexible and virtually effortless solution to adopt for Windows-based systems (XP and Vista/32/64-bit and 2000).
The bundled software is equipped with an intuitive GUI that any user can understand to control the powerful VPN client. New features include:

-- Gateway Compatibility
Once the client has been installed on a device, users can connect to third-
party IPSec gateways without needing to change settings or certificates.
The import function automates the acceptance of existing profiles,
seamlessly supporting the Cisco's .pcf files, WatchGuard's .wgx files,
SafeNet's .spd files and NCP's own Secure Enterprise Server.

-- Wireless Service Provider Roaming (WISPr) Support
Users can connect any device to a hotspot without having to logon through
an Internet browser. Through support of the major North American hotspot
login protocol, WISPr, the NCP Secure Entry Client enables users to
establish a VPN connection with only one click -- and makes network
interaction faster.

-- Roaming Support
Users can manintain a secure IPSec connection while they move from hotspot
to hotspot. There is no downtime, lag in service or need to re-establish a
connection to any network with version 9.1. The NCP Secure Entry Client
remains stable through any user roaming activity.

-- Budget Manager for Wireless Minutes
This integrated component enables users to monitor the costs of all
available VPN connection types to choose the least costly way to connect to
the Internet, including UMTS, GPRS and WLAN. Users can set and enforce
device airtime or cost limits for themselves by establishing dollar or
minute budgets according to basic provider rates. If these set limits are
exceeded, users will receive warning notices, or their VPN connection
attempts will be hindered. The Budget Manager also allows for the
restriction or disabling of roaming.

The full feature set for the NCP Secure Entry Client includes a dynamic personal firewall, data encryption, Friendly Net Detection, and one-time password token and certificate support through a public key infrastructure (PKI). It can also be integrated with a network access control (NAC) component to ensure highly secure access to central data networks. A 30-day trial version of the NCP Secure Entry Client offering unrestricted use is available.

Headquartered in Nuremberg, Germany, NCP engineering helps IT network managers secure data transmission in public networks and across the Internet. Organizations that employ remote access, mobile computing, teleworking and e-commerce throughout the world rely on NCP for key secure communications technology including Remote Access, IP-Routing, VPN and Firewall solutions, Identity and Access Management (IAM) and Network Access Control (NAC).

The firm is devoted to avoiding vendor-lock for customers through regular compatibility testing and full integration with PKI-Infrastructures, as well as support for two-factor authentication on end devices. NCP serves North American customers through a network of technology, reseller and VAR, and OEM partners, including WatchGuard and Astaro.

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