Internet Security Systems, a provider of pre-emptive, enterprise security, now supports Cisco's Network Admission Control (NAC) framework through its Proventia Desktop Endpoint Security product.
Cisco's network access control is designed to help enterprise users maintain security on their networks, particularly with remote and mobile users. It ensures that any device attempting to connect to a corporate network meets a minimum level of security required by the organisation.
Users without up-to-date anti-virus protection or the latest patches are logged into a special quarantine zone of the network with limited access. This area can be used by system administrators to apply missing security updates.
Support for the Cisco NAC framework further expands network compliance options for ISS customers, building on ISS's own Proventia Access Control and existing support for other leading network access control protocols.
NAC is part of the Cisco Self-Defending Network, a strategy to improve the network's ability to automatically identify, prevent and adapt to security threats.
The ISS Proventia Desktop module supports a Cisco NAC framework. The software assesses the security of a system running Proventia Desktop and reports information back to the Cisco components that handle verification and enforcement of security policies. It is integrated with a Cisco Trust Agent to allow network authorisation or quarantining or devices requesting network access.