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Enterprise compliance dashboard added to CounterACT

ForeScout Technologies : 15 April, 2009  (New Product)
Large scale network access control appliance now includes greater endpoint coverage and compliance dashboard feature
ForeScout Technologies has announced the release of its enhanced CounterACT platform. With this release, ForeScout extends its enterprise-grade NAC to cover 400K+ endpoints from a single management console in real-time.

"The goal of IT Security management is to reduce the business risks and the costs associated with intellectual property loss and network downtime, while increasing security coverage and - where possible - business productivity," stated Steven Cooper, former CIO of the American Red Cross and the first CIO of the US Department of Homeland Security, and founding partner of Strativest. "NAC technology offers a real-time window into critical network activities, and is ideally suited to help IT managers meet this goal. Of all the NAC technology on the market today, I am particularly impressed with the innovations offered in CounterACT, its number of global deployments, and the groundswell of users that continue to buy the product. I plan to keep an eye on this company's technology and growth, and applaud ForeScout for the market recognition they are now receiving. I think it's duly deserved."

"Our latest CounterACT addresses customers' demand for an enterprise management solution that scales with today's IT growth, gives greater visibility into business risks and network-user behaviour, and reduces the cost and time spent in preventing threats," added ForeScout CTO, Oded Comay. 'Most of the features introduced in this latest release were developed with our customers, and are focused on automating their business-critical IT functions."

In fact, CounterACT now offers a full complement of solutions to address the needs of global enterprises who are expanding their use of NAC:

• Enterprise Dashboard. With this release, the IT administrator can offer corporate executives an easy-to-understand view of complex compliance and trending data on a per-organisation or per-policy basis. Data can be filtered using any pre-defined policy, and the dashboard results can be exported to pdf, email, print, third-party Network and Security Manager (NSM) tools, or projected onto a large-format LCD NOC display.

• Guest Security Suite (GSS). Global guest access management has never been easier. The latest CounterACT features a suite of applications for managing guest registration/authentication, role-based access, post-connect monitoring and reporting. The suite greatly simplifies admission and access control over the periodic user, no matter who they may be: guest, contractor/consultant, business partner, student, visiting professor, doctor, auditor/assessor, or others.

• Enterprise Management Control Suite (EMCS). In addition to expanding coverage to 400K endpoints, granular permission controls have been added to help segregate, direct and control global user activities from the central EM command console.

• Preventative Security Suite (PSS). This release offers a comprehensive threat prevention suite that goes beyond detecting and blocking peer-to-peer applications and USB drives to: 1) white/black-listing of any external storage device (USBs, USB/modem, mass storage, iPhones, etc.); 2) detecting/blocking dual-home connections; 3) detecting/blocking device impersonation and ARP spoofing attempts, and more.

• McAfee ePO Integration. With this release, NAC policies can be created/based upon host data retrieved from the McAfee ePO™ server database, and non-ePO hosts can be redirected to the ePO install site for remediation.

• L3/L4 Port-level Access Control. Unique to CounterACT, this new enforcement method introduces access control beyond 802.1x and VLAN steering (without being in-line). Using Layer 3 and Layer 4 access lists at the port level, it eliminates the need to deploy remediation and/or guest VLANs while providing tighter access control without impacting business continuity. As a result, network operation is smoother, protection is higher, and end-points are protected from one another even within their VLAN.

These latest CounterACT capabilities will be demonstrated in the ForeScout Booth #423 at the upcoming RSA Conference 2009, April 20-24, Moscone Centre/San Francisco.
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