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TrustWorks Systems B.V., a provider of advanced network security management software and NetWatch, the managed network services unit of Ascom, announced today the successful first year of running services for the Swiss local government in the Canton of Berne and is moving to the next step of the project’s development.

TrustWorks’ products gave NetWatch the ability to cost-effectively organise network security services for the Extranet and Internet users of several government institutions such as the police, tax authorities, hospitals and universities. All institutions share one network infrastructure, with their data streams being securely separated, enabling their different business processes to be supported. The solution is based on the TrustWorks Trusted Global Security Management (TGSM) platform, TrustWorks Firewall and VPN (Virtual Private Network) enforcement agents - Trusted Gate and Trusted Clients - and Cisco hardware-based Firewall/VPN IOS and PIX boxes.

“This project enabled TrustWorks to demonstrate the unique capabilities in our network security management software, which provides dramatic savings in administrative costs through a business policy abstraction of security configurations. Businesses today operate in complex, distributed VPN and firewall environments and we see that they require the dynamic changes in security configuration and user access to network services that TrustWorks products can provide,” said Alexander Galitsky, founder and president at TrustWorks. “By adding strong authentication, authorisation and ability to use local Ascom cryptography, we met the stringent security requirements of the Swiss government agencies.”

Joerg Beutler, manager of Ascom’s NetWatch Division commented, “The key benefits of the TrustWorks solution include the central management of security agents, Cisco compatibility, open crypto for using our own cryptographic plug-ins, and very strong customer support. The decision to incorporate the TrustWorks solution into our offerings was based first and foremost on network protection, and second on efficient use of resources.” Beutler added, “We chose TrustWorks because of its central management capability and compatibility with Cisco products… the solution works and their support is world-class.”

“We are pleased to help our customers simplify and unify the management of their VPNs. At the same time, we continue to increase the capabilities of TGSM to manage third party VPN/Firewall products, adding value to security solutions supplied by market leaders like Cisco and Check Point,” added John Curran, CEO at TrustWorks. “Our value includes dynamic network security policy management, which ensures consistent security policy across multiple firewall and VPN products.”



Bridget Drysdale
TrustWorks Systems
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About TrustWorks Systems

TrustWorks Systems develops and markets security solutions that unify the management of third-party products, providing a consistent means to visualize, define and manage network security for virtually any user, resource or service throughout an enterprise, regardless of the actual device performing security enforcement. TrustWorks solutions manage security based on how businesses operate, and are not constrained by the limitations imposed from the complexity of the underlying network.

TrustWorks Systems is a private company with headquarters in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and offices in San Jose, California; Boston, Massachusetts; London, England; Paris, France; Lausanne, Switzerland and Moscow, Russia.

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About Ascom

Ascom is an internationally active Swiss high-tech group with more than 10,000 employees worldwide and revenues of approximately CHF 3 billion (EUR 1.9 billion). As a major systems integrator with a strong technology base and leader in the home market Switzerland, Ascom's strengths lie in the building and operation of secure, highly reliable networks and the integration of voice and data.

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