Press Release Summary:
OmniAccess 3500 Nonstop Laptop Guardian is designed to secure, monitor, manage, and locate mobile computer, and to destroy its data if it is lost or stolen. With 3G data services that enable always-on connection, it offers remotet roubleshooting, management and protection, GPS-based device location tracking, proactive zero-hour patches, and off-hour patch downloads and backups.
Original Press Release:
Alcatel-Lucent Secures Mobile Assets with New OmniAccess 3500 Nonstop Laptop Guardian
LAS VEGAS, May 22 -- Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today introduced the OmniAccess 3500 Nonstop Laptop Guardian, a revolutionary laptop security and management system developed to secure, monitor, manage and locate a mobile computer, and to destroy its data if it is lost or stolen. OmniAccess 3500 Nonstop Laptop Guardian leverages broadband networks to let enterprises manage laptops anywhere, anytime, even when the computer is turned off.
With this solution, IT departments are able to enforce policies for compliance, protect and recover stolen devices, and deliver patches and upgrades to an increasingly mobile workforce, thereby increasing productivity and efficiency. Alcatel-Lucent continues to deliver solutions like the OmniAccess 3500 Nonstop Laptop Guardian to help businesses to competitively transform themselves, by leveraging their communications networks to meet key business objectives. For businesses of all sizes, an increasingly mobile workforce drives opportunity, but also challenges, as IT departments tackle sophisticated security threats.
The OmniAccess 3500 Nonstop Laptop Guardian, which is based on technology code-named "Evros" that was incubated by Alcatel-Lucent Ventures, is delivered to enterprises, bundled with 3G data services that enable the always-on connection. Alcatel-Lucent also announced it intends to work with Alltel, Sprint and Verizon Wireless to provide the complete solution to enterprises.
Alcatel-Lucent customer Visiting Nurses Association of Northern New Jersey (VNA) is piloting the OmniAccess 3500 Nonstop Laptop Guardian for staff members who spend their days on the road at patient homes and care facilities. "Our business is caring for patients in their environment, so we need to take our technology and records on the road - and we must be able to protect that data," said Michael Landsittel, Manager of IT at VNA. "The OmniAccess 3500 Nonstop Laptop Guardian enables us to manage our laptops and protect the data they contain, preventing a true disaster if a laptop was lost or stolen. We view this as a breakthrough that will help us to better protect our patients and meet regulatory requirements."
"With close to 50 percent of all new PCs in the enterprise being laptops, and with 81 percent of companies reporting they've lost at least one laptop containing sensitive information in the last 12 months (according to CSO Magazine), the problems around managing remote laptops are becoming acute. Laptops are notoriously difficult to manage and patch, and represent a liability to the company when lost or stolen," said Tom Burns, President of Alcatel-Lucent's enterprise solutions activities. "Until OmniAccess 3500 Nonstop Laptop Guardian, there has been no comprehensive solution to mitigate this risk and deliver the full flexibility of 'always-on' connectivity, while retaining full visibility and control over laptops on a 24/7 basis - even when the laptop is turned off."
"With more than 50 million mobile workers in the US today, business needs solutions that address remote and mobile device systems management," said Sandra Palumbo, Program Manager for Enterprise IT and Communications Services at The Yankee Group. "Offerings such as OmniAccess 3500 Nonstop Laptop Guardian directly focus on addressing remote and mobile security and management issues."
OmniAccess 3500 Nonstop Laptop Guardian will be available later this year through Alcatel-Lucent channels in North America, primarily through service providers that will bundle the solution with their 3G wireless WAN offerings.
About the OmniAccess 3500 Nonstop Laptop Guardian
The core technology of the solution consists of a secure, always-on computing system residing on a 3G broadband PCMCIA data card which includes a separate secure operating system and battery, which operates with any broadband network, including 3G, Ethernet or WiFi. When a laptop is connected to a network, the card seamlessly transitions connectivity to the corporate network through automatic VPN capabilities, ensuring that all traffic, regardless of data connection type, passes directly through the corporate network's protections, filters and policy managers before accessing the Internet.
Additional features include:
o remote troubleshooting, management, protection, plus "remote kill" of data;
o proactive zero-hour patches for fast response to security loopholes
o off-hour patch downloads and backups;
o GPS-based device location tracking;
o and automatically forced VPN back to the enterprise network regardless of connection type - ensuring that the laptop is never exposed unprotected to the public Internet.
Through interoperable encryption solutions, the OmniAccess 3500 Nonstop Laptop Guardian renders the laptop's data readable only through the use of an encryption key located on the PCMCIA card, which can be disabled or re-enabled over the air by the corporate IT manager.
OmniAccess 3500 Nonstop Laptop Guardian is based on an open architecture that enables third parties to develop software to utilize the capabilities of the PCMCIA card or to interoperate with the management gateway. Examples of complementary applications include patch management, remote back-ups, end-policy enforcement and control, and whole disk encryption solutions.
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) provides solutions that enable service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. As a leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications, and services, Alcatel-Lucent offers the end-to-end solutions that enable compelling communications services for people at home, at work and on the move. With operations in more than 130 countries, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The company has the most experienced global services team in the industry, and one of the largest research, technology and innovation organizations in the telecommunications industry. Alcatel-Lucent achieved adjusted proforma revenues of Euro 18.3 billion in 2006 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. [All figures exclude impact of activities transferred to Thales]. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: www.alcatel-lucent.com
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