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Bentley College Extends VPN Access To Students, Faculty And Staff

January 3, 1999


BEDFORD, Mass. -- Shiva Corporation, a leading provider of MultiService- VPN and direct dial business access solutions, today announced that Bentley College, one of the largest business schools in New England, has implemented Shiva's LanRover VPN Gateway to deliver secure remote access to students, faculty and staff. Bentley College, which first implemented the LanRover VPN Gateway in September 1998, has already connected more than 600 students, faculty and staff to a vast array of e-mail, Web and library services in a solution that supports Bentley's remote population of local, long distance and international users. More than 750 new users are expected in early 1999.

"Corporations use technology to improve the way they do business, and in many ways, we are not any different," said Traci Logan, executive director of information technology and CIO at Bentley College. "Cutting-edge technology, like VPN, enables us to provide students- using their laptops- and faculty and staff- using their home computers- with remote access to secured services such as Lexis Universe and Infotrac Search Bank."

Choosing a VPN Provider Bentley Trusts

Thom Boerman, manager of Network Services at Bentley College, began evaluating VPN solutions in May 1998. Boerman instinctively turned to Shiva Corporation that had been providing Bentley with direct dial remote access since April 1996.

"There are dozens of companies out there that will give you a virtual private network, but we wanted to go with someone we knew and trusted," Boerman said. "Shiva has unrivaled expertise in the remote access market. From our previous experience, we knew we could rely on Shiva to deliver the fully functional, cost-effective solution we needed in a very short timeframe."

Boerman and his IS staff were able to implement Shiva's VPN solution and deploy it to Bentley's population within three months. By September 1998, students and staff were accessing Bentley's information infrastructure from home or while traveling.

"Bentley's decision to integrate Shiva's VPN solution into its information infrastructure reflects the robustness of Shiva's products and our ability to meet the varied needs of many markets regardless of size and industry," said Dayton Semerjian, vice president of worldwide marketing at Shiva. "Just as corporations adopt leading edge technology to achieve a competitive advantage, institutions like Bentley realize that deploying a VPN solution enables them to position themselves as leaders in the information age by providing their global community with connectivity to the information they need."


Shiva Corporation (Nasdaq: SHVA) is a leading, global provider of remote access for business. Shiva connects employees, customers and partners securely and reliably to business networks with integrated telephone network and Internet-based solutions. Its products, known for their ease of use, are inexpensive to operate, easy to manage and have the right features. The company was founded in 1985, and is based in Bedford, Mass., with offices worldwide. (

Shiva, Shiva with design (the company logo), NetModem, NetModem/E, NetBridge, NetSerial, TeleBridge, Hublet, LanRover, LanRover Access Switch, AirSoft, ShivaPPP, ShivaIntegrator, ShivaPort, Shiva AccessPort, PowerBurst, PowerSurf, WebRover, ISSAK and EtherGate are registered trademarks of Shiva Corporation. Shiva Connects, VantagePath, ShivOS, Tariff Management, ShivaRemote, Shiva Dial-In SDK, Remote-Centric and DIAT are trademarks of Shiva Corporation. All other trademarks belong to their respective companies.

Note: Shiva's solutions compete with products from the following companies, among others: Ascend, Bay, Checkpoint, Cisco, Lucent, Nortel, Red Creek, 3Com, VPNet and TimeStep.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit

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