From the Security Experts

May 27, 2010

Brescia University Picks Avenda's eTIPS

By SIP Trunking Report Contributor

Avenda Systems, a company specializing in identity-aware network access security solutions, announced that Brescia University has deployed its eTIPS enterprise security policy solution to authenticate and authorize users.

Brescia University is a Catholic, liberal arts institution founded in the Ursuline tradition of personal and social transformation through education. The University offers undergraduate and graduate programs.

As identity and location-based policies are now used to differentiate access to resources and to control bandwidth usage, the University believes that through this deployment, students, staff, and faculty can now be differentiated based on their role, access method and location, without having to statically configure permissions on network switches and wireless controllers.

“We were looking for a way to dynamically track and differentiate network access, for both our wired and wireless networks,” Chris Ford, network administrator at Brescia University said. “Avenda’s solution offers a complete set of policy applications for authenticating all of our users and devices. Avenda offers the versatility to enhance Microsoft NAP health checks, and it supported our multi-vendor network right out of the box.”

Avenda’s flagship eTIPS solution is said to be a scalable AAA platform that utilizes identity-based policies for access control, endpoint health and device authorization for wired, wireless and VPN networks.

In the future, Ford said eTIPS will also provide the ability to differentiate privileges based on the health of a users’ device. Moreover, the platform will also host an external captive portal that will consolidate authentications to a common platform for all access methods.

Added to this, a consistent set of security policies for wired and wireless access will also ensure that each user receive their authorized privileges regardless of connection method.

“While differentiated access not only protects their users, Brescia can also offer an improved online experience without having to reconfigure or replace any major parts of the network,” Santhosh Cheeniyil, vice president of engineering at Avenda Systems said. “Understanding who is on the network is a big step toward improving security, performance, and compliance initiatives.”

Jai C.S. is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jai's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri