Nortel Networks is introducing what it calls a “comprehensive security framework,” supported by new products that will enable enterprise customers to eliminate the boundaries in their existing communications infrastructure.

Nortel says its secure mobility framework is designed to enable enterprises to provide secure, flexible access to multimedia content in converged networks for mobile and remote users.

Based in estimates from Nortel, the framework could help enterprise customers drive up to a 35 percent reduction of remote access expenses. A key element of this, the company says, is centralized security management across a variety of platforms.

The Virtual Private Networking (VPN) products introduced as part of this secure mobility framework include a gateway that offers both Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) VPNs from the same device.

Nortel also introduced a hardware solution that it says will bring SSL VPN capabilities to the existing Contivity Secure IP Services Gateway portfolio and VPN gateway products; a new Contivity product that offers IPSec VPNs and firewalls for teleworkers and remote offices; a secure VPN portal solution; and enhancements to existing products that bring security to both wired and wireless local area networks.