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Network Access Control enables PCI Compliance at hotel chain

ForeScout Technologies : 13 December, 2012  (Application Story)
A hotel chain in the UK has taken CounterACT network access control for its systems from Forecast for endpoint compliance to PCI requirements
Network Access Control enables PCI Compliance at hotel chain

Travelodge, a UK budget hotel company, has selected ForeScout CounterACT NAC-as-a-Service (NACaaS) to help achieve PCI compliance, as well as to optimise network visibility and endpoint compliance.

Axial Systems, the Managed Service Provider delivering CounterACT NACaaS to Travelodge, added network access control (NAC) to its managed service portfolio in response to growing market demand. Ade Omotomilola, head of managed services at Axial Systems, said, “NAC has become an essential tool for business not only to address authorised access to critical business information, but even more so to assure device configuration compliance requirements and to secure mobile device use. By offering a catalogue of security services leveraging CounterACT, companies can quickly realise NAC benefits with fewer resources and at a more cost-effective means of acquiring NAC as OpEx.”

Like other hospitality providers, Travelodge, with more than 500 hotels across the UK, Ireland and Spain, wanted to improve the wireless network scanning requirement of PCI compliance. Through one of Axial's technology briefings, ForeScout's NAC technology was identified as a potential solution. Axial Systems subsequently designed a robust managed NAC service for Travelodge, with CounterACT NACaaS at its core. Axial, which managed ForeScout CounterACT in production, has been able to efficiently fortify Travelodge’s network security and compliance measures.

Kalpesh Khetani, Infrastructure Manager for Travelodge, commented, “The CounterACT NAC managed service provided by Axial gives us assurance that we are now more than just achieving the PCI requirement, we are exceeding it. On-boarding and roll-out of the service was complex due to infrastructure diversity and the sheer number of dispersed locations, but it was well managed and relatively simple. Axial also took away the pain of resourcing for NAC deployment, maintenance and administration, and their expertise ensured our success."

“NAC offered as a service is a win-win for large companies and service providers. Travelodge was able to get up and running in an efficient way to address their compliance requirements, without impacting operations by leveraging expertise and resources from Axial Systems. We invite organisations to see just how versatile CounterACT is and how well suited our platform is for managed services,” said John Hagerty, EMEA sales director for ForeScout.

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