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Mobile Device Management Integrated With Network Access Control

ForeScout Technologies : 09 May, 2012  (New Product)
ForeScout Partnership addresses BYOD challenges with partnership to integrated MDM technology from Fiberlink with Network Access Control
Mobile Device Management Integrated With Network Access Control
ForeScout Technologies and Fiberlink, a supplier of software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions for secure mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM), have announced a partnership to deliver the industry’s first fully integrated MDM and network access control (NAC) offering. The new product, ForeScout MDM powered by MaaS360, combines cloud-based mobile device management services, comprehensive device support and unified security control.  As a result, enterprises have the most flexible, cost-effective approach to simplify bring your own device (BYOD) and mobile security management.

The joint solution has already been successfully deployed at a Fortune 500 financial institution.  It provides the security and compliance needed to accelerate managed and personal mobile device adoption while mitigating risks, especially for companies in highly regulated industries.

As recommended by Gartner, NAC provides one of the most flexible approaches to securely support BYOD.  Other technologies, such as MDM and HVD, will be used to complement NAC, particularly by enterprises that adopt an embrace strategy.  Most organisations should start with a contain strategy and use NAC policies to isolate personally owned mobile devices in a limited access zone, where they may access a subset of applications and data.  In enterprises that aspire to an embrace BYOD strategy, network security managers should work jointly with IT counterparts to develop NAC policies that complement mobile device strategies. 1

In the BYOD era, the ability to manage employees and their personal mobile devices connecting to enterprise resources and sensitive data is essential.  Only ForeScout CounterACT and MaaS360 provide the level of management, visibility and control needed across all mobile devices, users, networks, applications and data.

“IT organisations want to take advantage of personal mobile device use, but require an approach that is cost-effective, manageable and secure," said Gord Boyce, CEO of ForeScout Technologies.  “With the addition of ForeScout MDM to our mobile security product line, we are the first to offer the most flexible and cost-effective means for enterprises to contain or embrace BYOD while assuring appropriate security controls.”

“MaaS360’s cloud-based approach delivers the agility, security and scalability required in the mobile enterprise today,” said Jim Sheward, CEO of Fiberlink.  “We are excited to team with ForeScout to bring a combined solution that provides end-to-end mobility management and security across devices, applications, data and networks.”

The ForeScout and Fiberlink MaaS360 combination provides enterprises with:

* Security automation to dynamically detect unmanaged devices, such as iPads, iPhones and Androids, on the network in real-time and apply controls which range from block, register as guest, segregate and initiate hosted virtual desktop (HVD) session to full MDM enrolment and on-demand device policy inspection.

* Automated installation of MaaS360’s MDM agent by directing users with unmanaged devices through a simple self-enrolment process.

* Over-the-air device configuration and corporate app catalog management to instantly provision access to corporate email, WiFi, VPN and applications.

* Enforcement of passcode policies and strong encryption keys to protect sensitive business and personal data on mobile devices.

* Mobile application blacklisting, minimum OS level verification and device feature restrictions.

* The ability to remotely locate, lock and fully or selectively wipe lost or stolen devices.

* Powerful compliance rules engine, at the device and network level, with automated responses for defined events and contextual changes.

* Protection of Personal Identifiable Information (PII) through sandboxing, preventing administrative access, disabling app inventory outside of corporate app catalog and deactivating location services.

* Unified visibility, control and compliance reporting for all mobile endpoint devices including PCs, smartphones, tablets, and laptops through the CounterACT platform.

Customers can benefit through simplified deployments of MaaS360 with CounterACT as a complete cloud-based service or a hybrid cloud approach to gain end-to-end security and centralised management.  Learn more about the ForeScout, MaaS360 solution during a live webcast to be held on 7 June 2012 at 2:00pm EST.

ForeScout MDM, a complete cloud-based mobile device management platform, will be generally available in June at an annual subscription with prices starting at $6 per mobile device per month.  ForeScout Mobile, an add-on module to CounterACT, the company’s award-winning network access control (NAC) platform, provides native device security for iOS and Android devices, as well as third party MDM integration.  By providing a range of mobile security solutions, ForeScout allows IT organisations to phase in BYOD and “right size” their mobile security investments for different classes of users, devices and applications.
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