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New VanDyke Software Server Tested For Security by @stake Prior to Release

Albuquerque, N.M. (August 12, 2003) — VanDyke Software™, a leader in powerful and affordable Secure Shell solutions, today announced the official release of version 2.2 of its VShell™ SSH2 server for Windows and UNIX platforms including Red Hat Linux, Sun Solaris, and FreeBSD. Strong customer demand for a server offering fine-tune controls over access and privileges and support for enterprise-wide authentication led to the features included in this new version.

VShell offers precise and granular control over end user privileges, automation tools to reduce administrator time spent on routine tasks, and industry-leading support for authentication methods favored by enterprise organizations. VShell 2.2 is the first Secure Shell server to offer built-in support for Kerberos (v5) authentication via GSSAPI. Customers told VanDyke that patch management to support advanced authentication and security features is making them reconsider the use of open source alternatives.

"VShell 2.2 raises the bar for Secure Shell in the enterprise," said kelli burkinshaw, VanDyke's Product Director. "Our customers told us they wanted a cross-platform Secure Shell solution that offered fine-tune control over privileges and security backed by the level of technical support we have built our relationships on. With the addition of support for Kerberos authentication, we're continuing our commitment to deliver the authentication options our enterprise customers need to standardize their network environments."

VShell 2.2 extends any server's ability to act as a focal point for information sharing in corporate, government, and educational environments, combining simple, intuitive configuration with the strong security of the open Secure Shell protocol. VShell uses Access Control Lists (ACLs) to align network access, file transfer, and application tunneling privileges with a company's security policies.

VanDyke submitted the code for its UNIX versions to @stake, a digital security consulting firm, to perform a vulnerability assessment and provide recommendations to make the server as secure as possible. Rigorous testing by @stake allowed VanDyke to resolve a number of potential vulnerabilities prior to the public beta release.

"Security continues to be a key requirement in the software development process. VanDyke has implemented secure software engineering practices that have resulted in a solid product," said Ollie Whitehouse, director of security architecture, @stake, Inc.

A fully-functional evaluation copy of VShell can be downloaded from the company's web site. Evaluators have full access to VanDyke's expert technical support to assist with installation, configuration, and testing. VShell is available in three editions: Personal, Workgroup, or Enterprise and in Starter Kits which include client licenses for SecureCRT® and SecureFX®.

About VanDyke Software

VanDyke Software is a worldwide leader in secure, standards-based Internet communications software. The company develops quality data access, file transfer, and communications software for Internet and intranet use by corporations, government, and education. VanDyke sells and distributes its software over the Internet, offering 30-day evaluation of its products prior to purchase, and has more than 900,000 registered users in over 103 countries.

For more information about VanDyke Software, visit the company's web site at

About @stake, Inc.
@stake, the premier digital consulting firm, provides security services and award-winning products to assess and manage risk in complex enterprise environments. The company's SmartRisk services cover key aspects of security, including applications, critical infrastructure, wireless and wired networks, storage systems, education, and incident readiness. @stake consultants combine technical expertise with a business focus to create comprehensive security solutions for industry leading companies in financial services, information technology, energy & utilities, healthcare, and telecommunications. As the first company to develop an empirical model that measures Return On Security Investment (ROSI), @stake keeps security investments in line with business requirements. Headquartered in Cambridge, MA, @stake has offices in London, New York, Raleigh, San Francisco, and Seattle.

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Customer Testimonials

  • "Thanks for the new feature and for the notification that it had been added — I don't really know of any other developer that notifies people who have given feedback like you guys do. That makes for very happy customers."

    —Burt Heymanson, SecureCRT Customer

  • "I would like to thank you for the amazing quality of service and SecureCRT support you give to us."

    —Anton Starovoytov, Solarix Networks, SecureCRT Customer

  • "Thank you for a great release! I've been actively using SecureCRT for many, many years and it's simply the best SSH client in existence!"

    —Rich Tricoche, SecureCRT Customer

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