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Network access control product recognised by SC Magazine

ForeScout Technologies : 21 July, 2008  (New Product)
CounterACT NAC from ForeScout given four out of five star rating for customer value from SC Magazine
ForeScout Technologies has announced that SC Magazine awarded ForeScout's CounterACT a four-out-of-five star rating, lauding the product's ability to "function like a firewall, an IPS and a NAC device all rolled into one". Unlike other "in category" network access control (NAC) solutions available today, CounterACT delivers a best-in-class enterprise security policy management solution for global companies needing to deploy and manage security policies worldwide from a centralised console.

According to industry spokesperson and noted IT-security expert, Daniel Reynolds (CISSP, CISM, CISA): "CounterACT goes far beyond the traditional role of NAC, helping IT departments manage a wide range of policy-based, enterprise-level security processes: asset discovery, rogue detection, intrusion prevention, and network guest access management quarantine. In fact, the latest CounterACT version 6.3 release offers a true global enterprise policy management solution that is fully capable of helping IT managers streamline the regulatory compliance audit and reporting process."

CounterACT combines clientless network access control (NAC) and signatureless intrusion prevention to ensure all connected and connecting devices are in compliance with network security policies and are free of self-propagating threats. CounterACT seamlessly integrates into any network environment without requiring costly upgrades or infrastructure changes, and enables enterprises to tailor enforcement actions to match the level of policy violations, ensuring user disruption only occurs when it is warranted or required by the IT staff.

"CounterACT's centralised policy enforcement capability takes this product to the 'Olympic gold' category for us: it speeds CounterACT integration into our management system, simplifying how we do infrastructure evaluations and system upgrades," says Chris Harrington, Network Administrator, Liquid Container.

In addition to traditional security issues, today's enterprises - like Liquid Container - face a steady influx of vulnerabilities introduced by contractors, guests and mobile/home employees who are able to bypass physical security and gain network connection inside the perimeter defences. CounterACT addresses this problem by enforcing network security policies across all managed and unmanaged network devices, including desktops and laptops as well other devices such as VoIP phones, handhelds and network printers, without the need for a software agent of any kind.

"CounterACT goes far beyond network access control, providing us with a security safety net that we can fall back on time-and-again," said Harrington. "Even if our users' anti-virus software doesn't protect against a zero-day virus, CounterACT will evaluate the traffic and cut off anything that shouldn't be there, while giving us a crystal clear view of what is on our network. All of this is done without directly impacting computer or network performance, since CounterACT is hardware agnostic and works seamlessly with our existing infrastructure."

"We appreciate having SC Magazine test drive our CounterACT 6.2 solution and confirm what our users have been telling us all along: they get more bang for the buck with CounterACT and enjoy a long-term return on investment, without the overhead or pain involved when deploying an in-line or endpoint product," said Ray Wizbowski, vice president of marketing at ForeScout. "In addition, we developed our latest version of CounterACT version 6.3 in partnership with our multi-national customers to ensure that it meets the ease-of-deployment and scalable policy management needs of the global enterprise."

CounterACT is an out-of-band, clientless network access control appliance that delivers business-ready NAC by providing the ability to detect every device, interrogate the device for policy compliance, enforce network security policies and remediate non-compliant systems. This is accomplished without any form of network disruption. CounterACT provides complete pre- and post-connect access control policy enforcement ensuring devices remain fully compliant with network security policies. In addition, CounterACT's built-in intrusion prevention module ensures the network is always protected from malicious threats no matter where or how a device connects.
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