AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mirage Networks(R), developers of award-winning Network Access Control (NAC) technology, stated today that it is experiencing a spike in demand across the higher education vertical as students return to school for the fall semester.

IT managers at institutions of higher learning are taking preventive action against network security threats and vulnerabilities. These threats are inherent in networks consisting of dispersed, unmanaged and out-of-policy users.

The Pennsylvania State University, The Thomas Cooley Law School, Lafayette College and The University of Tokyo are among more than 50 higher education institutions that have implemented Mirage Networks. The Mirage NAC technology provides increased visibility into network traffic and surgically isolates endpoints that exhibit bad behavior before they can do serious network harm.

“In the education vertical, unmanaged endpoints make up the largest population of devices on the network,” stated Greg Stock, executive vice president of worldwide operations for Mirage Networks. “Universities try relentlessly to maintain an open environment for students to learn, while trying to keep that environment operational and secure. These objectives are often in conflict with each other. Mirage offers a unique solution that can surgically quarantine a single student whose computer may be infected, while keeping the network up for all others to utilize.”

The Mirage announcement coincides with the findings of the EDUCAUSE 2006 IT survey which reveals that Security and Identity Management surpassed Funding IT for the first time as the top IT-related issue of strategic importance to institutions of higher learning.

Mirage Networks plans to demonstrate how its NAC technology benefits institutions of higher learning with an exhibit at EDUCAUSE 2006 in Dallas, Texas October 9-12. EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. For more information about EDUCAUSE 2006, please visit http://www.educause.edu/e06.

About Mirage Networks

Mirage Networks(R) is the leading provider of Network Access Control (NAC) solutions, including both pre- and post admission security. The company’s patent-pending technology gives organizations control over unknown, out-of-policy, and infected devices resulting in increased network uptime, policy compliance and reduced operational costs. Mirage’s NAC appliances work in all network environments, deploy out-of-band and require neither signatures nor agents to enforce policies and terminate Zero-Day threats. Based in Austin, Texas, Mirage Networks’ Endpoint Control is a consistent winner of industry awards and recognition. Learn more at http://www.miragenetworks.com.

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