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Netmotion Enhances VPN Software

NetMotion Wireless has released version 8.0 of Mobility XE, the company's mobile virtual private network (VPN) software. This latest version provides new security controls that intelligently extend corporate security policies to mobile devices without needlessly affecting mobile worker productivity. In addition, enterprise customers can now use the software to reliably deploy real-time applications like Voice over IP (VoIP) and streaming video while maintaining high quality, even over wireless networks prone to high packet loss.

NetMotion's core client-server software, Mobility XE, enables mobile workers to maintain secure connections to applications as they move through wireless coverage gaps and across various networks. Used by more than 1,200 business and agencies, NetMotion Wireless' software works across Windows-based laptops and mobile devices.

"In today's mobile economy, it's imperative that we both anticipate and deliver on innovations that enable our customers to maximize productivity and stay competitive," said Bob Hunsberger, president and CEO of NetMotion Wireless. "Our latest version of Mobility XE allows IT administrators to build flexible and intelligent security policies for their mobile workers and implement new VoIP and video applications, without compromising productivity."

Mobile Network Access Control (NAC)

Mobility XE version 8.0 was designed to meet the security and connectivity needs of highly mobile field personnel. It allows devices to connect to the enterprise network only after meeting specified security policies, but gives administrators greater control and flexibility over how and when to administer remediation policies. The intelligent Mobile Network Access Control (NAC) features of Mobility XE are compatible with many leading security products, allowing administrators to automatically check compliance for required software, including:

  • Antivirus
  • Antispyware
  • Firewall
  • Operating system version
  • Windows(TM) Update status
  • Registry keys
  • Processes and files
  • Mobility XE client version
  • Other applications.

With Mobility XE version 8.0, Mobile NAC typically deploys in minutes, without any need to reconfigure network infrastructure. A simple NAC wizard makes it easy to configure and enforce access security policies. Unlike automatic security policies that force users to perform non-critical software updates before allowing access, Mobile NAC integrates with Mobility XE's Policy Management module, giving administrators flexibility and control over the response to a device that does not meet security guidelines. Based on severity and even the speed of the worker's connection, administrators may choose from a host of options, including simple warnings, triggering customizable remediation policies that can limit application access, initiating software downloads, or disconnecting or quarantining the device altogether. As rules are updated, they are automatically pushed down to client devices, and devices are automatically rescanned at regular intervals to ensure ongoing compliance.

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