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Opening Up and Tying Down Remote Access Security

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By Cheryl Walton

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Posted: 12 Nov 2003

With more than 20,000 customers and ten million seats in production, Novell BorderManager is one of the top firewall and virtual private network (VPN) products available today?and these impressive numbers are about to get even better.

Novell BorderManager helps you control users' access into and out of your network based on their role in or relationship to your organization. To provide this identity-based access control, Novell BorderManager uses Novell eDirectory, one of the oldest and most respected directories on the market.

Novell BorderManager includes Network Address Translation (NAT) and ICSA Labs-certified firewall services, which provide packet filtering and basic reverse proxy services. (ICSA Labs is a division of TruSecure Corporation and offers vendor-agnostic testing and certification of security products. For more information, visit

While these firewall services offer an effective first line of defense, most companies that purchase Novell BorderManager do so for its forward proxies, which sit between the users and the Internet. Proxies retrieve Web pages and other requested content on behalf of the users, so that users never access the Internet directly. BorderManager 3.8 includes HTTP, FTP, Mail, News, Telnet, RTSP/RealAudit, DNS, Generic TCP and Generic UDP proxies. Not surprisingly, these proxies remain intact in Novell BorderManager 3.8?the latest version of Novell BorderManager and part of the Novell Nsure secure identity management family of solutions.

Novell BorderManager 3.8 includes several new and improved features, including the following:

  • New VPN services that support open standards
  • Bundled Novell Client Firewall to lock down VPN clients
  • Support for more than 50 authentication methods

These three features are arguably the most exciting new features in Novell BorderManager 3.8. More important, these three features underscore the Novell BorderManager 3.8 claim to fame: Novell BorderManager 3.8 offers everything remote users need for secure, role-based access to your non-Web applications - regardless of where these users are - while offering the same popular proxies you might already use to safeguard your network against undesirable Internet content.

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