Juniper has agreed to acquire Funk Software, a provider of standards-based network access security products. The company said that the acquisition of Funk would bring technology to enhance its recently announced unified access control system. Funk develops products that ensure both the user and the device meet an organisation’s security policies before they are granted access.

The company's products include its RADIUS/AAA server, Steel-Belted Radius, Odyssey Client, an 802.1X client for wireless and wired networks, and the Endpoint Assurance Product suite for network-based enforcement of endpoint integrity.

Funk's products adhere to standards defined by the Trusted Computing Group’s Trusted Network Connect subgroup, and are interoperable with products from a range of security and infrastructure vendors, Juniper says. The products complement Juniper’s existing endpoint intelligence, policy control and enforcement capabilities with Layer 2 support, the company says.

The acquisition, which was valued at US$122 million, is expected to close in December 2005, subject to certain customary closing conditions including Hart Scott Rodino approval.