Network security specialist x.o ware has released an appliance which the company hopes will extend the use of virtual private networks (VPNs) to the small business and home office markets.
The company said that its ExoNetwork appliance would connect to the home or small office network, and allow users to configure VPNs without the need for advanced knowledge of networking or security platforms.
VPNs, which are often used to help secure remote systems and telecommuting users, allowing to connect securely while using the public internet.
Chief executive Ken Goldsholl told V3 that the ExoNetwork was designed to allow smaller firms to reap the benefits of a secured VPN connection without the need for advanced IT support.
"I have yet to come across someone who operates a small network that has set a VPN up," Goldsholl said.
"Unless you are a very technical IT person you are going to throw your hands up and not do it."
ExoNetwork will also support security for storage devices, allowing users to connect external storage to the appliance which can then be operated as secure NAS.
The company is also looking to introduce a secured thumb drive platform. The ExoKey devices will feature on-board encryption hardware which encrypt and decrypt information on the drive itself.
By doing so, the drives will eliminate the need to store encryption keys on a notebook or desktop PC, providing users with an extra layer of protection should the PC be stolen or compromised by a third party.
"You do not have to copy keys over or manage keys on the notebook, it is all done on our device," Goldsholl explained.
"The keys never go on the computer, so if someone steals your notebook they are not going to have them."'
Slated for initial deployment in the US, the company plans to release the devices in the UK later this summer.
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