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Beta Release of SSH2™ Server Makes Sysadmins' Lives Easier With Controllable Secure Access

Albuquerque, N.M. (April 19, 2001) — Van Dyke Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of security and access software, announced today the first beta release of its VShell™ 1.1 SSH2 server for Microsoft® Windows® NT®. The latest release of VShell—which provides secure access, data tunneling, and secure file transfer services - is the first NT SSH2 server to use Windows access control lists (ACLs) to define user access. VShell ACL support makes it easier for system administrators to adhere to security policy by giving different levels of access to predefined groups.

VShell 1.1 beta 1 is available for free 60-day evaluation by downloading the fully functional software from VShell's ACL support allows network administrators to leverage existing Windows user group definitions to implement access policies. Administrators can use the Access Control list in the VShell Control Panel to grant access to VShell services on a user or group basis.

"Managing security risks requires administrators to make sure user network access follows an organization's evolving security policy," said Jeff P. Van Dyke, president of Van Dyke Technologies, Inc. "VShell 1.1 ACL support makes it easier to control security privileges with tools and user groups NT administrators are already familiar with."

When ACL support is combined with VShell's access filtering features, server configuration for NT secure access is simpler, faster, and more flexible. With ACLs, users or groups may be allowed or denied access to individual VShell capabilities such as command shell, secure file transfer with SFTP, and port forwarding or data tunneling.

VShell 1.1 beta 1 also delivers security and command shell enhancements. The addition of support for AES and Blowfish ciphers as well as RSA public-key authentication and RSA host keys matches VShell's encryption capabilities with the recently released SecureCRT® 3.3 SSH client. Remote command execution support, command shell scrollback, and an alternate command shell option complete version 1.1 features.

VShell was introduced in December 2000 as the first shipping SSH2 server for Microsoft Windows NT and Windows 2000, and is available in three configurations: VShell Personal for US$249, VShell Workgroup for US$399, and VShell Enterprise for US$799.

Van Dyke Technologies is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The company's other products include SecureFX®, CRT, and AbsoluteFTP®. Further information on Van Dyke Technologies is available on the Internet at, by sending e-mail to, or by calling (505) 332-5700.

©2001 Van Dyke Technologies, Inc. All Rights Reserved. VShell is a trademark of Van Dyke Technologies, Inc. Secure Shell and SSH2 are trademarks or registered trademarks of SSH Communications Security Oyj in the United States and/or other countries. All other products and services mentioned are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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