SOMERSET, N.J. -- AEP Networks, the leader in policy-based networking, announces compatibility between its AEP Netilla Security Platform (NSP) Secure Sockets Layer Virtual Private Network (SSL VPN) and the Apple iPhone. Customers can use the NSP (via the iPhone's embedded Safari web browser) to enable secure, policy driven, granular application access to enterprise applications - Microsoft Exchange/Outlook Web Access (OWA) mail being among the most important.
Since the recent product launch of the iPhone, many analysts and publications have commented on its apparent lack of security and issues associated with business-class application access. Corporate users require secure access to their enterprise networks/applications. The NSP readily addresses this need with its web reverse proxy feature for standard web browser environments.
Web applications similar to OWA such as portals, ERP, CRM, scheduling and other corporate-based web applications can be accessed from the iPhone in the same fashion via the NSP without exposing these applications to dangerous, direct connections from the Internet (e.g., without putting them into a firewall DMZ).
"Although Apple is marketing the iPhone more toward consumers, the devices will, no doubt, begin to appear on corporate networks," said Reginald Best, COO of AEP Networks. "With AEP's SSL VPN, IT departments can deploy secure enterprise access to their mobile users, including those with iPhones. Users will be able to use OWA via the Safari browser as though they were on the local network."