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Upper Canada District School Board Wins in Network Security Solution and Security Solution for Education Leveraging Nevis Networks’ LANenforcers

Mountain View, Calif. – August 16, 2007 – Nevis Networks, a market leader in identity-based policy enforcement solutions that control network access and secure sensitive resources, announced today that Info Security Products Guide, a Silicon Valley Communications publication and the world’s leading publication on security-related products and technologies has named one of its customers, Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB), a winner of the 2007 Best Deployment Scenario Award for both Network Security Solutions and Security Solutions for Education. This prestigious award recognizes security vendors with advanced, ground-breaking network security solutions that are helping set the bar higher for others in all areas of information security. UCDSB was selected by the editors of Info Security Products Guide based on real world solution deployments making the most positive impact on security in today’s highly sophisticated and blended attack environment.

The Upper Canada District School Board is one of the largest public school boards in Ontario, Canada and is responsible for supporting over 100 K-12 schools with approximately 35,000 students and 5,500 staff. Nevis’ LANenforcer 2024 LAN security appliances are deployed centrally within UCDSB’s private network to provide persistent network access control and threat protection before and after users gain access to the network. It uniquely combines clientless endpoint integrity verification, identity-based access control, and parallelized wire speed threat detection (stateful firewall; traffic, protocol and behavioral anomaly detection, intrusion prevention system (IPS) and quarantine, to detect and stop known and zero-day threats).

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“Successful deployments are a tremendous proof that a vendor’s security solutions actually work and can be productively implemented,” says Rake Narang, editor-in-chief, Info Security Products Guide. “Even though security deployments may differ from one another, successful deployments show a vendor’s expertise and the efforts made to meet and exceed their customer’s security needs.”

“Both students and staff are regular users of our network which creates a challenge to assure appropriate access to data,” said Jeremy Hobbs, CIO at UCDSB. “We provide public Internet access, access to library and class resources, and controlled access to confidential data such as student records and financials within our private network. We needed a way to easily and cost effectively manage, enforce, and audit access control based upon the identity of a user. In addition, we’ve experienced issues with malware propagation and network downtime. We needed a solution to reduce the risk of threats gaining access and spreading within our network — without the need to install client-based software. After evaluating other security solutions, we selected Nevis’ LANenforcer as the best solution to meet our needs.”

“UCDSB is a great example of our expanding customer base, which we have grown by more than 140 percent in the last six months. We’ve added new customers across virtually every key geography and also recently landed our first Fortune 100 customer,” said Dominic Wilde, vice president of marketing at Nevis Networks. “Winning these two awards is a great honor, and a testament to Nevis’ customer traction, and growing industry demand for the LANenforcer product line.”

The LANenforcer secure switch and inline network appliance enforce identity-based policies in real time from within the network fabric, integrating network access controls with IPS and identity-based firewall functionality for holistic LAN security. LANenforcer employs a four-pronged approach to managing endpoint risk, securing pre and post-connect network access and containing malware, including:

  • Endpoint validation: pre-connect and post-connect authentication of the user and system to ensure the health and compliance of the system’s operating environment, mitigating the risk of vulnerabilities and viruses affecting the internal network;
  • Identity-based access control: ensuring appropriate access for user groups and roles to specific resources and applications within the internal network;
  • Threat containment: going beyond ensuring anti-virus signatures are up to date, Nevis uses state-of-the-art deep packet inspection methods, including signature matching, behavioral, protocol and traffic anomaly detection to protect against a broad range of threats including zero-day attacks;
  • User activity monitoring: keeping a detailed audit trail of which users accessed which resources and systems for regulatory and compliance purposes.

About Info Security Products Guide Awards
Info Security Products Guide, a founding member of the Technology Industry Leadership Council sponsors leading conferences and expos worldwide and plays a vital role in keeping end-users informed of the choices they can make when it comes to protecting their digital resources. It is written expressly for those who are adamant on staying informed of security threats and the preventive measure they can take. You will discover a wealth of information in this guide including tomorrow’s technology today, best deployment scenarios, people and technologies shaping info security and independent product evaluations that facilitate in making the most pertinent security decisions. The Info Security Products Guide Awards recognize and honor excellence in all areas of information security. To learn more, visit and stay secured.

About Nevis Networks
Nevis Networks is a market leader in secure switching and identity-based policy enforcement appliances. The company’s LANenforcer product family transparently enforces identity-based policies in real time within the network fabric, tightly controlling who can access a company’s network and what resources they are permitted to use. Cross-industry customers, ranging from financial services, healthcare, education and defense contractors deploy Nevis LANenforcers to protect sensitive network resources and assets, and significantly reduce the overall costs and time to resolve security breaches and conduct network audits. The company is headquartered in Mountain View, CA, with additional R&D centers in Pune, India and Beijing, China.