AXS GUARD is a security appliance dedicated to the needs of the SME market. The solution is designed for administrators who want an all-inone solution for Internet connectivity and security. 25 functional features are bundled together into 4 software packages with additional content scanning licenses. Each software bundle can run on one of the five available hardware models allowing organizations of any size to choose the most suitable combination of performance and features. AXS GUARD works transparently with any other solution allowing organizations to activate only those features they really need. Additionally, AXS GUARD fits perfectly into any network environment, whether it’s a Microsoft, Linux, Mac or mixed environment.
Remote access solution
With the advent of mobile computing technology, employees want to access their mail, documents, corporate network, files, applications and websites effortlessly, anywhere at any time. As businesses adapt to a mobile workforce, they face a number of growing security concerns. When opening up a company's network through remote access technology, security is one of the most important considerations. IT administrators need to make sure that employees access corporate resources in a secure way, whether the employee is in-house, working from home or on the road. At the same time, security concerns must be balanced with the needs of the user ensuring a smooth and simple user experience. Access should be provided through a secure, encrypted connection in order to protect the corporate network from hackers and malware. To ensure that the user is in fact who he claims to be, strong user authentication must be in place. Monitoring, auditing and reporting features provide IT administrators with the necessary tools to check all network activity. aXsGUARD Gatekeeper, VASCO's remote access solution, addresses the security issues IT administrators face.
All-in-one security solution
Business continuity is guaranteed thanks to high availability and Internet redundancy (multiple Internet lines)
Powerful VPN e-tunnels and central management to easily manage all your sites
Secure network access protected with integrated two-factor authentication out-of-the-box.
Reduced complexity (one central appliance)
Two-factor authentication integrated out-of-the-box
Flexible solution that grows with your needs and which can be integrated into any environment (Windows, Mac, Linux)
Easy to manage with first class support
Focus on your core business, while AXS GUARD takes care of your security
1 hardware platform - 3 software bundles
The three Remote Access Solution software bundles can operate on each available physical or virtual AXS GUARD platform. Should you require additional features, you simply can upgrade to another software bundle, even without switching the hardware appliance. An automated updating and licensing system will remotely push the new features to AXS GUARD avoiding lengthy upgrade or installation procedures as your current configuration will continue to run as before.
AXS GUARD has three different software bundles to choose from allowing you to select the most suitable solution to address your remote access challenges. Each bundle adds additional functionalities on top of the previous bundle, turning AXS GUARD in a future proof solution that grows with your business Depending on your needs with regards to network connectivity, you can select the appropriate bundle.
AXS GUARD Basic RAS
The Basic Remote Access Solution bundle allows your users to connect in a secure way to the local network. The bundle was designed for the SME market, offering small and medium companies a simple solution to connect remote users while providing full protection by AXS GUARD.
AXS GUARD STANDARD RAS
The Standard Remote Access bundle offers web traffic control and additional network connectivity tools, on top of the Basic bundle.
AXS GUARD ENTERPRISE RAS
The Enterprise Remote Access bundle offers secure web-based access to your network on top of the STANDARD Bundle.
AXS GUARD can be extended with Content Scanning licenses providing secure mail and web traffic. Content scanning is available in combination with all AXS GUARD software versions. It exists in two versions:
BASIC with default content scanning features
STANDARD with additional features such as an Anti-Virus engine from Trend Micro© and web-based content scanning
Content scanning for email
Each mail is scanned and scored based on its’ content. The administrator can then decide for each user or group if the mail should be blocked, delivered or marked as spam. The administrator can also decide what needs to be done with mail attachments, based on the mime type.
Content scanning for web
Predefined blacklists are available on AXS GUARD, categorizing 3.5 million sites into 90 different categories such as, malicious web pages, adult related content, social networking sites, gaming… Since site lists never can provide a complete list of all malicious sites on the Internet, the standard version of Content Scanning also includes web content scanning: every web page will be scanned and analyzed, based on the content of a page.
Using content analysis, the content scanner tags particular words and phrases with a score and a category. After content scanning, the total web page receives a certain score. These site lists and wordlists are then combined into categories, to create a complete list of rules.
To provide secure remote access, VACMAN Controller is integrated in AXS GUARD. This allows users to authenticate themselves with a DIGIPASS on their network. The administrator can decide which level of authentication is needed for a certain application. Strong user authentication can be added to access the tool, authenticate on the proxy, VPN access and connecting to webservers through the reverse proxy or SSL Web portal.
Hardware and virtualized platforms
AXS GUARD comprises one software solution which can run on different hardware platforms. The hardware platforms only differ in performance and in the number of available network connections. AXS GUARD hardware is meant to last. VASCO chooses industry hardware to run its AXS GUARD software on. This ensures that AXS GUARD appliances have a longer lifetime than other comparable systems on the market.
AXS GUARD can also run as a virtual appliance on a virtualization server, to accommodate environments where virtualization is common. The virtual appliance supports the following virtualization platforms:
VMware ESX: Using paravirtualized disks
Citrix (Xen): Commercial (6.1) and OpenSource version
Hyper-V (Windows Server Virtualization)