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NCP engineering Granted Patent for Technology That Improves Remote Access Connections

NCP engineering today announced that it has been awarded a patent for Path Finder, a technology that enables remote access VPN connectivity on unknown networks with restricted access settings, e.g. hotels and public hotspots.

U.S. Patent 8811397, “System and Method for Data Communication Between a User Terminal and a Gateway via a Network Node”, recognizes NCP’s proprietary technology, invented by Andreas Baehre, Head of Research and Development of NCP engineering, that detects whether firewall settings prevent a connection to an enterprise’s VPN gateway. If a network environment blocks native IPsec communication, e.g. only HTTP and HTTPS traffic is permitted by the firewall, the NCP VPN client automatically utilizes Path Finder mode to emulate HTTPS on the outside of the VPN tunnel. This enables the VPN client to establish a secure, encrypted tunnel to the corporate network’s VPN gateway via the HTTPS port, while maintaining robust IPsec security policies on the inside.

Key Facts

  • Path Finder is a key feature of the NCP Secure Enterprise Solution, an award-winning IPsec and SSL VPN system that provides a single point of administration for network administrators to manage their entire remote access infrastructure while giving employees the flexibility to access sensitive information from anywhere, at any time.
  • Used in conjunction with the NCP Enterprise Solution, the NCP Secure Enterprise Client suite utilizes Path Finder to navigate difficult, IPsec-hostile remote access environments to safely connect to the corporate network. Employees can connect via a wide range of devices, because all major operating systems are supported, including Windows 8/7/Vista/XP/CE, Apple OS X Mavericks/Mountain Lion, Android and Linux.

Supporting Quotes

  • “Far too often, network settings at a remote location unknowingly prevent an enterprise’s employees from utilizing safe and secure VPN connections to the corporate network or Internet,” said Patrick Oliver Graf, CEO of NCP engineering. “As more workers are now connecting from hotels, cafes, etc., they require remote access solutions that let them easily connect from anywhere. NCP’s newly-patented Path Finder technology automatically establishes a connection wherever there is Internet access, which makes remote access significantly easier for employees.”



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About NCP engineering

Since its inception in 1986, NCP engineering has delivered innovative software that allows enterprises to rethink their remote access, and overcome the complexities of creating, managing and maintaining secure network access for staff.

NCP’s award-winning product line spans the spectrum of remote access, from IPsec / SSL VPNs to endpoint firewalls and network access control (NAC) functions. The company’s products support organizations with complex remote user needs, and that want to leverage the latest end-devices to increase staff productivity, reduce network administration and adapt policy changes on-the-fly. Each solution is interoperable with existing third-party software or hardware.

With global headquarters in Nuremberg, Germany and North American headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area, the company serves 35,000-plus customers worldwide throughout the healthcare, financial, education and government markets, as well as many Fortune 500 companies. NCP has established a network of national and regional technology, channel and OEM partners to serve its customers. For more information, visit

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