TeamF1 Rolls Out AuthAgent TACACS+ for Cisco Powered Embedded Devices

TeamF1, Inc., the leader in embedded networking and security software, announced immediate availability of AuthAgent TACACS+, its newest product – an implementation of the Cisco TACACS+ (Terminal Access Controller Access-Control System Plus) Protocol, that provides separate authentication and authorization features for networked devices.

AuthAgent TACACS+ is the latest addition to TeamF1′s AuthAgent suite of lean, flexible and configurable authentication protocols. It implements the client side of a client/server information exchange mechanism providing network access to users based on credentials managed by standard “TACACS+ servers” such as those available from Cisco Systems and other leading vendors. With AuthAgent TACACS+, networked embedded devices are able to easily verify user credentials and authorize users without having the overhead of maintaining and administering a database of sensitive user information locally on the device. Applications include secure access to VPNs, gateway devices, dial-up connectors, Ethernet switches and wireless networks, among others.

“Architects of network devices that may be deployed in environments using Cisco networking gear will have a strong need for TACACS+ authentication built into their devices,” said Andy Oehler, Director of Product Management at TeamF1. “With its small footprint and easy-to-use API, TeamF1′s AuthAgent TACACS+ enables OEMs to bring such devices quickly to market, with rich authentication functionality and without any significant impact on system resources.”

AuthAgent TACACS+ is Cisco draft-RFC compliant. It supports password authentication (PAP) as well as challenge-response authentication, and supports CHAP and MS-CHAP authentication. Its modular architecture allows for easy exclusion of unneeded functionality. It is easily ported to many embedded operating systems, offering lower hardware/software integration risks for OEMs.

AuthAgent TACACS+ is available as a source license under royalty-free terms directly from TeamF1 with immediate availability on Wind River’s VxWorks® operating system (including VxWorks-based Platforms) and Linux®. TeamF1′s expert professional services team is also available to help with customizations to the product and ports to other device operating systems.

AuthAgent TACACS+ is also available as an add-on module for TeamF1′s SMBware(TM) production-ready turnkey solutions that enable OEMs/ODMs to deliver devices to the small-to-medium business (SMB) market.

About TeamF1
TeamF1, Inc. a privately held corporation headquartered in Fremont, California, is a leader in high performance embedded networking and security software. TeamF1′s products enable secure networking of telecom/datacom and industrial equipment, and provide the infrastructure components needed for switching and wireless products in various market segments.