Sunday, November 13, 2005

Juniper to Acquire Funk Software for Network Access Security

Juniper Networks agreed to acquire Funk Software, a provider of standards-based network access security solutions, for approximately $122 million in cash.

Funk Software, which is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, develops products and technologies that protect the integrity of the network by ensuring both the user and the device meet an organization's security policies before they are granted access. These solutions include market leading products such as its RADIUS/AAA server, Steel-Belted Radius, Odyssey Client, an 802.1X client for wireless and wired networks and its recently introduced Endpoint Assurance Product suite for network-based enforcement of endpoint integrity.

Juniper said the acquisition will bring key technology to enhance its recently announced unified access control solution and further its strategy to secure and assure the delivery and performance of applications over an IP network.

  • Funk Software is headed by Paul Funk. Prior to founding the company in 1982, he worked for vendors including Data General and Radix Systems, and worked as a consultant in modulation coding and error-correction coding for hard disk drives. Funk is the co-author of the EAP-TTLS WLAN security protocol which has been widely implemented by major wireless LAN equipment and security vendors.

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