Avenda Systems Announces Release of NAP Agent for Linux and Universal System Health Agent

Thu Feb 28, 2008 9:00am EST

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 Avenda Systems, Inc., a provider of policy management systems, today announced
two software releases that will enhance the adoption of Microsoft Network Access
Protection (NAP).

    The Avenda NAP Agent for Linux extends NAP to network endpoints running
theLinux operating system.   This product is ready for shipment to customers and
also available for trial from Avenda Systems at www.avendasys.com/nap. 
Network Access Protection (NAP) technology from Microsoft Corp. is a
comprehensive infrastructure that allows system administrators to monitor and
control end-point access to enterprise networks.

    Additionally, Avenda Systems announced customer availability for its
Universal System Health Agent      (U-SHA).   The Avenda U-SHA adds system
health checking in conjunction with the most popular
Anti-Virus/Anti-Spyware/Anti-Phishing and Firewall products in use today. The
Avenda U-SHA can also check specified registry key settings and versions of
the most used browsers on the market today.  As an add on to Microsoft's NAP
client for both SP3 of the Windows XP operating system and all current
versions of the Windows Vista operating system, Avenda is confident that
this technology will help quicken NAP adoption and add depth and security to
inspections done on all networks using NAP.

    Network Access Protection is a policy enforcement technology built into
theWindows Vista and Windows Server 2008 operating systems that allows customers
better protect network assets from unhealthy computers by enforcing
compliance with network health policies.  Microsoft Network Access Protection
technology is publicly available with versions of Windows Vista and Windows
Server 2008.

     "We are pleased to be able to offer additional value to customers who
havemade the commitment to Microsoft NAP.  We are confident that our U-SHA and
NAP Agent for Linux are two parts of a larger solution that customers are
seeking to make their end points more secure as NAP continues to be
accepted," said Krishna Prabhakar, CEO of Avenda Systems.

    "Microsoft is pleased to be working with Avenda Systems to expand the
offerings for customers of Windows Server 2008," said Ward Ralston, Group
Technical Product Manager for Windows Server Marketing at Microsoft Corp. "Our
industry partners play an essential role in ensuring that our customers have
the best technology foundation available, and the Universal System Health Agent
helps deliver valuable new functionality to our joint customers."

    About Avenda Systems, Inc.

    Avenda Systems, Inc. is a provider of identity and policy management
systems. The
California-basedCorporation has its development centers in Santa Clara,
California, and
Bangalore, India. For additional information and evaluation copies of Avenda
products, please send Email to info@avendasys.com.

    All the product and company names in the press release may be trademarks
orregistered of their owners.


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