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February 10, 2009

IPhone -Astaro Brings Smooth VPN Access to the iPhone


Users of Apple’s iPhone (News - Alert) can now automatically setup a secure, IPsec VPN tunnel with no technical knowledge required.
 
Astaro Corporation, a vendor of integrated security appliances, reportedly announced this week Apple iPhone users now can set up a secure IPsec VPN tunnel with no technical knowledge required.
 
The iPhone’s “IPsec VPN” capabilities are one choice for VPN tunneling and can be used by Astaro users to connect to home and business networks. Unlike those who offer compatibility with iPhone’s Cisco (News - Alert) VPN client, requiring manual configuration steps that require technical knowledge and information to complete, Astaro allows anyone to set up a configured tunnel in seconds through its automatic configuration. The user needs to log into the Astaro (News - Alert) Security Gateway UserPortal via the browser and click the Install iPhone VPN button from where the setup is automated with all technical parameters being filled in without the need to manually enter them.
 
Astaro’s compatibility with the Cisco IPsec VPN client (which is integrated on the iPhone), enables users to access internal e-mail servers, document storages, and Web sites protected by and Astaro Security Gateway appliance by a standardized, secure method. Astaro has created a configuration guide providing step-by-step instructions on how to configure Apple’s (News - Alert) iPhone and Astaro Security Gateway VPN settings. Whether telecommuting or working remotely, workers no longer have to open their laptops in order to safely access company or home network resources. Astaro’s VPN capabilities allow outside iPhone users to work as if they are local to their network, reducing the exposure of sensitive company materials across the Internet.
 
“The extreme popularity of the iPhone means that companies can benefit by allowing employees to enjoy easy, secure access to the network and its data, which helps productivity. As I’m sure is the case with many people, the iPhone has become my smart phone of choice, and it is great peace of mind to know I can always securely access our internal business applications. We are happy to provide this for free, as part of every Astaro Solution,” said Gert Hansen, founder and vice president of marketing at Astaro.
 
Astaro, delivering unified threat management security software, hardware and virtual appliance provide users the flexibility to meet a wide variety of deployment scenarios. Distributed by a growing worldwide network of more than 3,000 resellers, the company’s products protect more than 100,000 networks for 47,000 customers across 60 countries.
 
Headquartered in Wilmington, Massachusetts, and Karlsruhe, Germany, Astaro offers free downloads of its products online. The company has been recognized as the ninth most active employer for change sets produced in the new Linux 2.6.25 release. Astaro’s success was acknowledged in a recent research study published by the Linux Foundation, a non-profit association dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux.
 
The company is getting a wider visibility with the recent certification of its flagship product, the Astaro Security Gateway, on the  Intel modular server platform through the Intel Enabled Server Acceleration Alliance (Intel ESAA) program. The company’s security gateways offer e-mail protection that effectively blocks newly invented Macromedia Flash Spam. The first messages were intercepted on Saturday, July 26 2008.
 
Astaro Corporation has announced the availability of its newest product line, Astaro Mail Gateway, a high performance, low cost alternative for companies. The Astaro Mail Gateway (News - Alert) gives small- to medium-sized businesses comprehensive, easy-to-manage mail security with its features such as e-mail encryption, Spam and virus protection and remote exchange access. Astaro’s email and Web security appliances would be made available for customers to trial for 30 days without charge. The “Try Before You Buy“ offer allows customers to see how the Astaro Mail Gateway and Astaro Web Gateway can offer comprehensive security for their IT environments, and covers both physical hardware appliances as well as virtual appliance versions.
 

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Barkha Bathwal is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Barkha's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Michael Dinan
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