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Version 7 of PC-Duo gives enhanced security for remote control with AES

Tamworth, Staffordshire – 17th April 2002 – PC management specialists Vector Networks today announced the launch of the new version of their spearhead remote control product, PC-Duo.

The new version of PC-Duo introduces a comprehensive range of encryption options:
Version 7 comes with a range of encryption options ranging from 56 bit Data Encryption Standard (DES) through to the recently announced Pentagon-driven 256 bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) – From 26th May 2002, the American government makes it compulsory and binding for Federal agencies to use AES for the protection of sensitive unclassified information.
Martin Canning, Director, European Services Research, IDC EMEA comments:"Being able to securely access and control critical IT resources remains a priority for a large proportion of businesses. Developments and implementation of concepts such as AES offer users a higher level of confidence that access to sensitive data resources is being adequately protected."

Users can set the level of encryption to find the right balance between security and performance to suit individual requirements.

Colin Bartram, Product Marketing Director at Vector Networks comments: “The Pentagon decided some time ago that it was becoming too easy to crack even Triple DES encryption. In a remarkable move they opened up on the issue and invited proposals for a new encryption standard from around the world. Vector tracked the progress of the contest, and was ready to take the earliest opportunity to implement AES in PC-Duo. It gives our customers, especially some of the world's largest financial companies, added assurance that remote support, system management and teleworking with PC-Duo is safe and secure.”

Other enhancements include:

Support for Windows XP - Support for Windows XP Professional and Server providing secure and reliable remote control facilities to the XP environment.

Enhanced Chat function - The Control User can now open a Chat session with one or more users to conduct group discussions.

New Command Line options - To enable system integrators and customers to embed remote control functions within other applications - the main control program functions can be called from the Command Line.

Enhanced Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) support - The Control database now stores both the host name and IP address enabling users to switch between static addressing and DHCP environments seamlessly.

Audio enhancements - PC-Duo v7 now supports 16-bit transmission formats providing higher quality audio transmissions.

Broadcast Show - Provide end user training by using the Broadcast Show function to display the Control user’s screen on one or many client screens simultaneously. The new Broadcast Show function enhances the Show function by minimising network traffic and dramatically enhancing the Show performance in many network environments.

SMS integration - PC-Duo v7 can be used alongside and from within Microsoft’s SMS. The installer detects the existence of the SMS admin console and offers to make PC-Duo available from within SMS.

Pricing and availability -

Additional information on PC-Duo is available on the Vector Networks website at: . A fully functional evaluation copy of Version 7 of NetSupport PC-Duo is available for download from April 26th 2002.

Pricing starts at £545 for a 10 user licence.

Background information:

Extract on AES from:

What is the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)?

The Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) is a Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS), specifically, FIPS Publication 197, that specifies a cryptographic algorithm for use by U.S. Government organizations to protect sensitive, unclassified information. NIST anticipates that the AES will be widely used on a voluntary basis by organizations, institutions, and individuals outside of the U.S. Government - and outside of the United States - in some cases.

What algorithm did NIST select for the AES, and how do you pronounce it?

NIST selected Rijndael as the AES algorithm. The algorithm's developers have suggested the following pronunciation alternatives: "Reign Dahl", "Rain Doll", and "Rhine Dahl".

Who submitted the algorithm, and where are they from?

The two researchers who developed and submitted Rijndael for the AES are both cryptographers from Belgium: Dr. Joan Daemen and Dr. Vincent Rijmen.



Vector Networks Group specializes in software development and marketing for Windows
based Desktop and Server management for the enterprise market. Through Vector’s ever increasing reseller channel and direct sales, the company services approximately 5000 customers in over 40 countries with software installed on nearly 3.5 million PCs. Vector Networks is positioned for exponential growth with its focus on acquiring companies with complementary technology.

Further information on Vector Networks is available on the Vector Networks web site at

For more information, please contact:

Rose Ross
Tel: +44(0)20 8255 5225

Phil Robinson
Vector Networks
Tel: +44(0)1827 67333

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