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Lucent and Endforce join forces with enterprise network access security pact

Lucent Technologies Inc. announced today it will resell software from Endforce Inc. software in an attempt to give ...


September 12, 2005  


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Lucent Technologies Inc. announced today it will resell software from Endforce Inc. software in an attempt to give corporate and government IT managers additional power over network endpoints.

It will force all computer users on a network — on-site workers, remote offices, telecommuters and contractors — to comply with official enterprise security policies before they gain access to corporate resources.

Endforce recently added technology to its software offering that allows a Lucent VitalQIP DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) server to automatically identify and isolate rogue endpoints. Expensive router and switch upgrades are not necessary to gain increased control over network access.

Non-compliant endpoints include computers with missing operating system patches or out-of-date virus protection software, incorrect firewall or security settings, or those on which users have enabled peer-to-peer applications.

The endpoints can now be identified at network address assignment and can be quarantined or sent automatically to remediation servers before they are allowed access to the network.

“As enterprises open up their networks to remote and portable endpoints, network managers need to re-evaluate their access control capabilities," said industry analyst Michael Suby of Stratecast Partners.

"This combination of products enables network managers to add an essential layer of network access control without the added concern of in-band appliance or the need to redesign their networks.”