Juniper adds Symantec malware protection

Juniper' VPN appliances can now protect enterprises from malware

Juniper Networks VPN (virtual private network) appliances can now protect enterprises from malware, too.

The company will include Symantec antimalware software in its Secure Access SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) VPN devices as well as its Infranet Controller family, Juniper said in a statement Monday. Current users of the Juniper gear also will be able to gain the benefits of the Symantec features, which are also included in Juniper's Instant Virtual Extranet (IVE) 5.2 software.

Juniper's SSL VPN products, which are based on a security protocol built into all Web browsers, are designed for remote access to enterprise networks by employees at home, in branch offices or on the road. Those outside the organization, such as contractors, partners and customers, also can take advantage of the capabilities. An IT manager can run the VPN gear without having to install client software on workers' individual PCs, according to Juniper.

The Symantec software can prevent those remote users from unwittingly introducing snooping threats such as Trojans, key loggers and remote control applications into the network, Juniper said in a statement.

Also in IVE 5.2, Juniper has made it easier for the IT department to administer and configure endpoint security applications from third parties, the statement said. They can make sure the security application is running on the system before the user is allowed to access corporate resources, and they won't have to understand the configurations of those applications.

The Sunnyvale, California, company's SSL VPN appliances have their roots in Neoteris, later acquired by NetScreen Technologies, which Juniper bought last year.

The Secure Access 700, 2000, 4000 and 6000 appliances with IVE 5.2 are available now. Juniper customers also can get IVE 5.2 now for their existing Secure Access appliances. More information is available at