A number of organisations are providing network access control (NAC) solutions to enable customers to gain complete control over network security without disrupting end-user productivity.
A key factor in the success of the NAC technology is its ability to provide appropriate access to devices that comply with corporate security policies and ensure all devices remain compliant post-connection. One of the latest offerings, CounterACT from ForeScout, combines NAC and signature-less intrusion prevention in a single network appliance that interrogates and controls access of every device and integrates with any existing IT infrastructure.
The latest version of CounterACT, Release 6.0, offers the ability to inspect Macintosh devices, as well as a high availability feature offering complete redundancy and protection in the event of a failure together with advanced reporting features for ease of management.
According to security researchers, NAC is becoming a critical component of network infrastructure for companies of all types and sizes, having broad appeal. But for it to be deployable it needs to have a good cost structure, be easy to deploy and easy to maintain. Unfortunately, these last points are often missed. If a product is hard work to deploy, the chances are it simply won’t be effective.