Lucent offers secure connectivity in VPN portfolio

Lucent's Secure VPN portfolio presents new hardware and software products: routers, firewall-based VPN gateways,integrated VPN clients and security management systemsSingapore, 01 July 2000 - The notable issue dealing with remote access is security.Employees and partners need access to corporate email or applications, but such accessibility invites invasion.

Lucent's Secure VPN portfolio presents new hardware and software products: routers, firewall-based VPN gateways, integrated VPN clients and security management systems

Singapore, 01 July 2000 - The notable issue dealing with remote access is security.

Employees and partners need access to corporate email or applications, but such accessibility invites invasion. The traditional methods of remote access may be secure, but at a higher financial cost from long distance calls. Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are the popular answer to secure, yet flexible access for telecommuting employees, as well as office-to-office connectivity.

Basically a VPN consists of software in client PCs connecting across the Internet (or office Intranet) into a server. The data is encrypted at both ends, and there are several methods of user authentication. The setup time for a VPN may be somewhat lengthy, but the benefit is in the long-term cost-reduction.

Lucent Technologies has announced the availability of their Secure VPN portfolio in Asia.

"In the evolving e-business environment, corporations will depend upon the ability to achieve global, secure access to their customers, partners and employees," said Ron Chan, vice-president of product marketing, WAN VPN Group, Lucent Technologies. "Corporate IT budgets are being stretched thinner and thinner, while bandwidth demands are growing."

Chan claims that Lucent's routers are 2 to 5 times faster than that of their competitors, while being available at half the price.

Lucent's VPN gateway solution includes a fully integrated suite of VPN Firewall, IPSec client and policy management products for large-scale remote access environments or for customers who require a dedicated VPN security device.

"If you don't need it today, you'll need it tomorrow," said Chan, with regards to the integration of Lucent's solution.

Other solutions also include:

  New Pipeline and SuperPipe VPN software release with better scale and manageability for large-sclae remote branch VPNs. The new release supports dynamic Internet Key Exchange (IKE). X.509 based Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) support and enhanced user authentication options.

  New release of Lucent Security Management Server (LSMS v5.0) extending its policy management capabilities to now include the Pipeline and SuperPipe products with the currently managed VPN Firewall, and IPSec client products.

  Lucent VPN Firewall Brick 80, the new low-end member of the Lucent VPN Firewall product line.

  Enhancements to the IPSec client, adding additional security and ease of deployment features, such as single point-and-click user installation with central LSMS defination and distribution of security profiles. The new client software also includes a personal edition firewall, for telecommuters requiring secure access to a VPN via a shared network media such as cable or DSL.

Pricing and availability
The VPN products include a full line of Access Point, SuperPipe and Pipeline routers, the VPN Firewall Brick 201, LSMS policy management software and an IPSec client. The new Pipeline and SuperPipe router software will be available at no additional charge. The new VPN Firewall Brick 80 is expected to be priced under US$5,000.

About Lucent
Lucent Technologies is headquartered in New Jersey, USA and designs and builds a large range of public and private networks, communucations systems and software, data networking systems, business telephone systems and microelectronic components. Bell Labs is the research and developement arm for the company.