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Awards recognize success using ForeScout products

ForeScout Technologies : 08 January, 2015  (Company News)
ForeScout Technologies has awarded customers for game changing, creative and innovative deployments of its products
Awards recognize success using ForeScout products

Continuous monitoring and mitigation solution provider, ForeScout Technologies, has held its 2nd annual customer awards with Pioneer Investments and Broward College becoming the latest Network Security Game Changers. Created to recognize and celebrate ForeScout customers who achieve outstanding success and advance the IT security community with ForeScout products, the Network Security Game Changer awards were presented to Ken Pheil and Matt Santill.

Pioneer Investments

Ken Pfeil, global security officer at Pioneer Investments, used CounterACT at the company to improve endpoint compliance monitoring and integrate controls with other security solutions. His creative approach and success in achieving this led to ForeScout choosing him for the award.

The company deployed CounterACT by ForeScout to strengthen support for compliance, improve operational oversight and reduce security risks. The firm wanted a security platform that could provide visibility, granular control and more flexible implementation capabilities for its wired and wireless networks – with the ultimate goal of utilising it as a comprehensive control integration and endpoint remediation solution.

Ken's implementation when beyond the usual Network Access Control implementation and is working towards using CounterACT as a means of integrating other network solutions to achieve a position of more holistic security.

“Being named a ForeScout Network Security Game Changer is a testament to the cutting-edge integration work my team is doing to not only bolster the safety of the sensitive data stored on our networks, but to do it proactively before a breach occurs. Our customers are our bread and butter, so it is my job to ensure that we maintain the high level of trust they place in us,” said Pfeil. “ForeScout’s CounterACT solution, in conjunction with the company’s ControlFabric architecture, is the heart and brains of our intelligence network. Working as a cornerstone technology in our security infrastructure, it allows us to bring together formerly disparate security solutions and significantly improves our ability to manage our security infrastructure.”

Read more about Pioneer Investments’ CounterACT implementation

Broward College

Matt Santill, chief information security officer at Broward College, was chosen for his progressive approach to using ForeScout CounterACT to establish increased network visibility and control for both university endpoint devices and those personally-owned devices belonging to the university’s more than 68,000 students spanning four campuses and seven satellite locations.

As one of the largest colleges in the USA, South Florida’s Broward College supports a broad range of devices connecting to its core network at any one time. Santill’s IT team was focused on investing in technologies that would enable a flexible, secure bring your own device (BYOD) strategy for its faculty, staff and students to facilitate learning. Leveraging ForeScout ControlFabric technology, Broward is able to integrate CounterACT with its other network and security infrastructure elements.

“We are honoured to be named a ForeScout Network Security Game Changer for 2014. These days, BYOD is the operating paradigm in the education field, and Broward is just one of many institutions using the CounterACT platform to continuously monitor and mitigate security risk across a huge number of BYOD use cases,” said Santill. “Because of the ability to integrate with our other security solution via ForeScout’s ControlFabric, we have significantly increased our security posture and are able to better adhere to major compliance and regulatory mandates, while providing our students with the access they need to be successful in their pursuit of higher education.”

Read more about Broward College’s ForeScout implementation

John Thompson, director of Customer and Product Advocacy at ForeScout, heads the committee which votes each year on the Network Security Game Changer awards selecting from those customers which prove themselves to be industry leaders and demonstrate an evident commitment to creatively and securely protecting their company networks.

Commenting on this year's winners, John Thompson stated, “We are recognising Ken and Matt for their outstanding achievements in information security within their respective industries, as well as for their salient approaches to integrating CounterACT into their existing security infrastructures,” said John Thompson, director of Customer and Product Advocacy at ForeScout.  “Both have taken a progressive approach towards aligning security with business requirements. More so, they have demonstrated a willingness to share their successes and use cases with the greater IT community. We at ForeScout, and those within our user communities, are grateful for the operational insights from these game changers and are pleased to confer the 2014 customer innovation award upon them.”

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