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iBAHN® VPN Certification Program Secures Connectivity for 500 Corporations
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - (May 30, 2007) – iBAHN, a leading worldwide provider of managed broadband services to the hospitality industry, has reached a new milestone, having certified the Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) for five hundred corporations worldwide.  This number includes one-third of the Fortune 100 companies, such as Microsoft, ExxonMobil, General Electric, and Pfizer, among others. 

In today’s Sarbanes Oxley world of corporate data security, it is imperative that corporations be able to rely on their ability to use their VPN connections when their employees travel.  iBAHN meets this need by managing a program to certify the unique VPN settings of major corporations on their networks to ensure seamless, secure connectivity. 

“The goal of this industry-leading program is to provide corporate customers with a seamless and secure VPN connectivity experience when their employees are traveling at any one of our 2,100 partner properties worldwide,” explained Carl Berg, manager of VPN Programs at iBAHN.  “iBAHN conducts an extensive review of the corporation’s settings and implements them into our network so they are permanently enabled.  Once a corporation is certified, travelers can rely on easy-to-use and reliable VPN connectivity at iBAHN-enabled hotels.”

Hotels benefit from being able to ensure large corporations that the network will function with their VPNs.  If a company is secure in the knowledge that its employees can access their company’s VPN at a particular hotel or meeting facility, then those properties will keep and gain additional business. 

"At Marriott we do all we can to ensure that our guests have a great experience when they stay with us or visit us for a conference, so the iBAHN VPN certification scheme is another way we can ensure that things will run smoothly,” said Roger Binks, director of marketing communications UK South & Ireland, Marriott International. “Our business guests demand a secure and easy connection to their corporate network, and iBAHN helps make sure it'll work for them each time they connect."

"The iBAHN® VPN certification program has improved my hotel's ability to work with large corporate customers, like Lockheed-Martin," said Lon Breedlove, general manager, Residence Inn by Marriott, in Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport (Eagen). "Now when they schedule corporate events and travelers at my hotel, I can be sure that the HSIA service will be secure, and will work flawlessly for them."

Companies benefit from knowing that their traveler’s data is secure while using the iBAHN network.  iBAHN enables multiple security levels on its networks, including the implementation of WPA (WiFi Protected Access) throughout its wireless network of over 1,000 hotspots in hotels, as well as patented capabilities within the network to isolate users from seeing each other’s data. Recent stories on hacker rings, recently reported on ABC News and other broadcast networks, highlight the security concerns from using open Internet networks in public locations. 

“Data security is a key tactical goal in the financial services industry. Remote access for financial consultants when traveling and away from their secured office network is a necessity," said branch director John Hinman, vice president, Private Client Group, RBC/Dain Rauscher. “The data security of remote access from hotels is one area where users like me cannot afford to cut costs; we also need to be value conscious about those security features and benefits.”  iBAHN provides both value and peace of mind through its corporate VPN certification program strategically focused to meet the data security challenges of professionals whenever they use remote access to link up with their corporate networks.

A VPN is a virtual private network that creates a secure “tunnel” to connect through either public or private Internet connections back to a company’s internal networks and data repositories. Many companies regularly use VPNs to connect to the office while traveling or working from home due to its capability to create secure remote connections – meaning users have access to applications and files on the office server no matter where they are connecting from. 

A common misconception is that an Internet connection is all one needs in order to access a VPN.  Many corporations set up parameters that require unique settings on the network.  In addition, each VPN connection requires an IP address to be dedicated during the connection. Many network providers have to assign IP addresses to each individual hotel, which makes it difficult to add more IPs or re-allocate them as needed.   The iBAHN network is set up so that each property can be dynamically (and automatically) assigned IP addresses, making it possible for large corporate meetings at an iBAHN-enable property to easily use VPN connections for all attendees.  These are just a few reasons why more and more corporations are certifying their VPNs with iBAHN.

 iBAHN VPN certification is a free service that ensures when a company’s employees visit a hotel or conference location with iBAHN® Internet connectivity, they can seamlessly access their VPN.  Not only does iBAHN provide a patented, secure broadband network, but the company also offers a virtually limitless pool of Internet Protocol (IP) addresses.  If an Internet provider doesn’t supply enough IP addresses, then they can’t properly support VPNs.  Troubleshooting is also simplified with the iBAHN VPN certification because iBAHN keeps information about each corporation’s specific VPN configuration and version on file. Corporations and hoteliers can begin the process for VPN certification by emailing vpn@ibahn.com.  iBAHN maintains a list of the recently certified organizations on its website.

About iBAHN
iBAHN provides secure, reliable broadband services for travelers and groups at hotels and conference centers worldwide.   Monthly, more than one million business travelers around the world use iBAHN’s secure broadband services.  iBAHN provides service to over 2,100 hotels and meeting and conference venues in 21 countries around the globe.  More information on iBAHN’s broadband technology services can be found at www.ibahn.com.

Copyright © 2007 iBAHN Inc. or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. iBAHN and the iBAHN logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of iBAHN Inc. or its affiliated companies in the United States and/or other countries. Other names or brands may be claimed as the property of others.

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Contact:

Heather Keroes, YPB&R Public Relations
407-875-1111
Heather.Keroes@ypbr.com

Wendy Kelley, VP Marketing
iBAHN
801-563-2107
WKelley@ibahn.com

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iBAHN Names Hospitality Specialist James E. Jones as Vice President of Client Services, North American Hotels Group / July 2006

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