Avenda Enhances Enterprise Security Endpoint Control

New features offer greater visibility, control of Windows and Mac OS X devices accessing the network.

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Avenda Systems has released Avenda OnGuard, a new family of network access agents, as well as enhanced support of External Captive Portals for Meru wireless controllers and Cisco switches. These new enhancements make the company’s flagship eTIPS network access control and AAA platform a feature-rich solution for managing access privileges across early and current Windows versions, Mac OS X, and Linux operating systems using standards-based, 802.1X or non-802.1X security methods.

Deployed in conjunction with eTIPS 3.5, Avenda’s OnGuard agents enable organizations to proactively manage the use of peer-to-peer applications and services on their networks and send systemwide network notifications to its users. For example, users can be notified of digital rights management (DRM) violations and associated corrective action. Additionally, users can be removed or bounced from the network or blacklisted if they are not in compliance with an organization’s standard policy requirements. The health status of devices -- such as anti-malware, firewall, peer-to-peer, and the latest patches -- can also be used to create a deeper level of compliance policies.

New support of external captive portals for Meru wireless controllers and Cisco Ethernet switches enables organizations to offload Web-based authentication to Avenda’s eTIPS and add endpoint health checking that the Meru and Cisco devices cannot perform on their own. This enables the use of external laptops by guests, partners, contractors, and employees by authenticating devices against specific access policies created for users’ roles.

Highlights of Avenda’s new release include the following:

  • Ability to apply consistent network access security and endpoint health checks in a mix of 802.1X and non-802.1X (SNMP and SSH) network environments

  • Greater visibility and control across all operating system versions using agent and agentless alternatives

  • Enhanced compliance management of peer-to-peer applications, services, and anti-malware being used by the user community

The new OnGuard agents, external captive portal support, and Avenda’s eTIPS 3.5 release are available now. More information can be found at www.avendasys.com.

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