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Gartner recognition for network access control

ForeScout Technologies : 06 January, 2015  (Company News)
CounterACT network access control product from ForeScout Technologies takes 4th consecutive magic quadrant position from analysts at Gartner
Gartner recognition for network access control

The latest Gartner report for Network Access Control (NAC) has once again placed ForeScout Technologies in the coveted Magic Quadrant as an industry leader. With CounterACT, ForeScout offers innovative next generation NAC technologies in a network security platform that delivers dynamic visibility, granular control and automated response to access, endpoint compliance and advanced threat risks. As a result, IT organisations can accelerate continuous monitoring and mitigation capabilities and better make use of their security investments.

The report states that good BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) support is supported well by most suppliers in the industry but the market is continuing to evolve to meet the need to cater for requirements for NAC policy servers to act as "warehouses of context". This means that contextual data is shared between NAC, firewalls and other security components to provide the ability to have more granular policy enforcement.

BYOD and Integration

The NAC report from Gartner places high importance on both BYOD protection and the necessity to integrate with other IT security elements.

With BYOD continuing to increase rapidly in corporate environments, there is a recognised strong need for Network Access Control policies to be enforced, without which large numbers of personally owned devices will be able to access the corporate network unchecked. Commenting on the need for integration, the report states that trend is for NAC systems to integrate with other IT security components including NG firewalls, Advanced Threat Defence (ADT) appliances and Security Information and Advanced Management (SIEM) software. Leaders in NAC are embracing the concept of "warehouses of context" and sharing this contextual information with other security components.

Defining NAC leaders

According to the Gartner report, leaders in NAC are defined as being successful in selling large NAC implementations (10,000 nodes and greater) to multiple large enterprises. It went on to say:

"Leaders are pure-play NAC vendors or networking and/or security companies that have been first to market with enhanced capabilities as the market matures."

"Leaders have the resources to maintain their commitment to NAC, have strong channel strength and have financial resources. They have also demonstrated a strong understanding of the future direction of NAC, including the impact of BYOD.”

ForeScout CounterACT

CounterACT is ForeScout Technologies' flagship product and exemplifies the company’s leadership in continuous monitoring and mitigation. Making use of its innovative next generation NAC technology, the CounterACT platform provides real-time visibility to users, devices, including BYOD devices, systems and applications and allows IT organisations to centrally apply granular policies to understand their true security posture and to automate response to a wide variety of security issues. Powered by ControlFabric technology, the platform also enables network, security and management solutions to dynamically exchange information, which, in turn, allows enterprises to respond to issues more effectively and better leverage their existing security investments.

In addition to Gartner’s recognition, ForeScout received accolades from a number of prestigious organisations in 2014, including being awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2014 Global Technology Leadership Innovation Award in Network Security, receiving SC Magazine’s 5-star, “Best Buy” rating and induction into SC Magazine’s Industry Innovators Hall of Fame.

“Given infrastructure complexity, access diversity and advanced threats, the enterprise demand for real-time visibility, increased comprehensive and granular control context, as well as automated mitigation capabilities has fueled our success,” said T Kent Elliott, CEO of ForeScout. “I’m extremely proud of our team’s ability to deliver innovations that address customer requirements for continuous monitoring and mitigation solutions.”

Click here to receive a complimentary copy of the 2014 Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Network Access Control” report

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