NCP to double client base with Watchguard tie-up


NCP to double client base with Watchguard tie-up

Ian Grant

NCP Engineering, a Nurenburg-based supplier of remote access security systems, aims to double the number of seats using its virtual private network (VPN) client software with an OEM deal with Watchguard Technologies, a global provider of network security systems.

Simon Ford, NCP's international sales director, said he believes the deal will more than double the number of seats using NCP products for remote access from around one million now to 2.2 million by the end of 2008.

NCP customers presently include the German National Bank, Lufthansa, HSH Nordbank, AMB Generali, and the MAN automotive group.

The company's client software offers data encryption, personal firewall, IPSec tunnelling and strong authentication via OTP tokens or certificate in a public key infrastructure. It is also one of a few VPN clients Microsoft has certified for use with both 32-bit and 64-bit Vista, Ford said.

In addition to Windows Mobile, it will announce support for Symbian devices next week. "We are watching (Google's) Android environment to decide how we will approach it," Ford said, adding NCP is also watching the VoIP market carefully.

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