Archive for the ‘IPsec’ Category

This is Part Two of our February Feature of the Month series. Last week, we honored the all-new Access Point Name (APN) feature in NCP’s entry and enterprise IPsec VPN clients.

Enterprises today are facing significant challenges related to remote computing due to their increasingly fragmented geographies. For instance, companies are not only contending with how to enable automated roaming between their solutions on premises and remote hotspots, but they are also responsible for making sure this seamless roaming is secure for employees working off-site.

To meet these industry needs, NCP engineering has enhanced its client suite to support integrated 3G cards, which ensure secure network connections for mobile workers when used in conjunction with the NCP Secure Enterprise VPN Server. NCP has combined 3G / 4G and VPN connection setup into a single, graphical user interface, simplifying the installation and deployment processes for both IT personnel and individual users.

Additionally, the NCP Secure Enterprise Client allows devices to automatically transition between a variety of communication mediums, including Wi-Fi, xDSL, LAN, ISDN and WWAN, making it easy for users to connect to their corporate networks from any location. Since the solution dynamically redirects the VPN tunnel without disrupting mobile computing sessions, employees are guaranteed uninterrupted connections to their networks.

Beyond that, for enhanced protection, the solution automatically recognizes secure and insecure networks to connect to while users are roaming. With its Friendly Net Detection feature, the IPsec VPN client then activates the appropriate firewall and security policies without the end user needing to lift a finger.

Want to learn more about the NCP Secure Enterprise Client’s integrated support of 3G / LTE cards? Additional information can be found here. 

With workforce mobility on the rise, remote employees are consistently in the market for easy-to-use VPN solutions that can safely connect their mobile devices to the corporate network. And given employees have a variety of mobile operators to choose from, corporations want to make it easy for users to switch in and out between these providers in order to maintain productivity on the go.

To meet these demands, NCP has rolled out an all-new Access Point Name (APN) feature in its entry and enterprise IPsec VPN clients. This automated configuration eliminates the need to manually update each device’s mobile access point when switching out SIM cards from a previous mobile operator. By analyzing the SIM card’s provider ID and using it to define the corresponding APN, identifying the appropriate dial-up parameter takes next to no time at all, allowing the user to get up and running on the network safely and easily.

Want to learn more about this feature and the NCP Secure Client’s integrated support of 3G/LTE cards? More information can be found here.

NCP engineering is proud to announce that it has been named a finalist in the IPsec/SSL/VPN category of Info Security Products Guide’s 2013 Global Excellence Awards. The NCP Secure Enterprise Solution was once again recognized for its superiority in providing comprehensive security to companies with large, complex remote access environments.

Designed to make secure remote access simple, the NCP Secure Enterprise Solution is a centrally managed software
solution that provides IT staff with total end-to-end security, unlimited scaling, complete policy freedom and multiple VPN system setup and control. Comprised of the NCP Secure Enterprise Clientthe NCP Secure Enterprise VPN Server and NCP Secure Enterprise Management (SEM), the solution is interoperable with all major network-layer security technologies, including VPN gateways and firewalls.

The information security research and advisory guide’s recognition of NCP further demonstrates the company’s market leadership, having recently been named a finalist in the 2013 SC Magazine Reader Trust Awards for its SEM 3.0. Patrick Oliver Graf, general manager, Americas commented on this sustained momentum:It’s an honor to be recognized by Info Security Products Guide and continue our streak of awards. This distinction is a testament to our holistic remote access VPN solution, which continues to meet the demands of today’s increasingly mobile workforce while fulfilling enterprises’ security and management requirements.”

Stay tuned, as the winners of Info Security Products Guide’s 2013 Global Excellence Awards will be announced at a banquet dinner in San Francisco on February 27, 2013.

InfoSec 2013

Great news! NCP engineering is proud to announce that it has been named a finalist in the Best IPSec/ SSL VPN category of the renowned 2013 SC Magazine Reader Trust Awards  for the second consecutive year! SC Mag

The NCP Secure Enterprise Management  3.0 solution was recognized by the SC Magazine’s tech-savvy audience for providing unparalleled security and flexibility to enterprises.  As a bit of background on the product, the NCP SEM 3.0 system significantly reduces a company’s risk profile related to complex or badly-managed technology. With the new SEM, one administrator is able to centrally support 10,000+ secure remote users through all phases, and update rule-sets based on individual users’ devices and network connections.

Built around the all-new NCP Advanced Authentication, the NCP SEM 3.0 elevates the security of the entire NCP Secure Enterprise Solution, which is also comprised of a VPN client suite, hybrid IPsec/SSL VPN serverand the remote access VPN management system. The NCP Advanced Authentication eliminates the need for third-party solutions by enabling Two-Factor Authentication with a One-Time Password that users receive via SMS.

This is another notch on NCP’s growing belt of commendations, as NCP was recently granted Gold in the 2012 Golden Bridge Awards and last year was distinguished with the Network Products Guide’s 2012 Hot Companies and Best Product Awards and the Info Security Product Guide’s 2012 Global Excellence Awards.


Not so long ago, business travelers could only access the Internet through a telephone line and a notebook modem in a hotel. Today, Internet access has become not only ubiquitous, but also fast and largely reliable.  The vast majority of hotels provide Wi-Fi or LAN connections for guests to connect their notebooks, tablet PCs or smartphones and log onto their corporate network.

Unfortunately, too many hotels operate under the misconception that everyone uses SSL VPNs to remotely connect to their corporate networks. The reality is, however, a large number of companies prefer IPsec VPNs but many hotels block these connections. In fact, there are two network components frequently cause this trouble in hotels – the firewall or the proxy server. And this is not just annoying for guests, but it’s bad for the hotel’s business. What hotel wants to be tarred with a reputation for being unaccommodating to the needs of business travelers?

It is not just hotels that struggle with such problems regarding IPsec connections. Each sales employee who has tried to logon to a guest Wi-Fi network at a customer’s site has likely faced similar issues. Not only do many firewalls block IPsec connections, but so do several radio communication networks.

Now that we’ve identified the problem with securing remote access in hotels and other remote sites, what will it take for guests to easily and securely access their company network, despite firewall and proxy server issues? Tune in next time for part two —  the solution.