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BYOD and IoT bring NAC to the fore

ForeScout Technologies : 13 June, 2016  (Company News)
The ability of ForeScout products to handle BYOD and IoT environments in Network Access Control brings recognition in market report
BYOD and IoT bring NAC to the fore

Agentless and IoT cyber-security pioneering company, ForeScout Technologies has been named by Gartner as a representative vendor in the market analysis company's recent "Market Guide for Network Access Control (NAC)".

The requirement for NAC is being driven by the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) phenomenon as well as the adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT). The Gartner report, which provides insight and technical analysis on the NAC market status, states that connectivity requests to enterprise network resources are received remotely by employees as well as on the premises by contractors and guests.

In addition, many enterprises have established BYOD networks, primarily wireless, to enable employees to access networks with personally owned devices.

Within the report, according to Gartner analysts Claudio Neiva and Lawrence Orans, there is also an increasing number of IoT devices that need to be managed through NAC.

Through ForeScout's ControlFabric architecture and integrated security platform, the CounterACT NAC product has the unique ability to dynamically identify, evaluate and protect endpoints and Internet-connected devices, including both authorised and unauthorised, the instant they connect to the network. ForeScout's CounterACT reduces enterprise vulnerabilities and improves security with its ability to share real-time contextual insights through complete network visibility and automated system-wide threat response.

Commenting on the inclusion of ForeScout in the report, the company's CEO and President, Michael DeCesare said, "We believe being named as a representative NAC vendor by Gartner is a true testament to the promise of our technology and validation of our leadership in the Network Access Control field."

He went on to say that the IoT is exploding and that the likelihood of an IoT-based security breach increases by the minute. "Businesses need full visibility and control of all devices on their network in order to not fall prey to attack," he said.

"While the information security market was expected to grow 14.9% in revenue in 2015, the network access control market is estimated to have grown by 18% from 2014 to 2015, with an estimated market size of $543 million," continued Gartner analysts Claudio Neiva and Lawrence Orans.

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