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Continuous monitoring and mitigation protects European digital classified ads platform

ForeScout Technologies : 11 February, 2015  (Application Story)
European home and vehicle classified ads platform provider selects CounterACT from ForeScout Technologies for improved network endpoint visibility and management
Continuous monitoring and mitigation protects European digital classified ads platform

German company, Scout24, is protecting its large scale digital classified advertising platform for homes and vehicles with the use of CounterACT from ForeScout Technologies. The platform enables Scout24 to manage endpoints within its network with improved efficiency and greater visibility. This also encompasses the important area of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and helps with the simplification and automation of external endpoint administration.

With its ImmobilienScout24 real estate digital marketplace and the AutoScout24 equivalent for automotive advertising, Scout24 was already highly differentiated in terms of IT infrastructure, something which the company needed the network security platform to integrate with smoothly. CounterACT was able to meet this requirement beyond Scout24's expectations. Markus Prahl, the corporate IT team leader at Scout24 had been surprised by the majority of existing integrations. "Whether it’s our wired and wireless architecture from Cisco, antivirus from TrendMicro or the MDM from MobileIron, the continuous monitoring and mitigation platform from ForeScout provides integrations to all of these systems, so data can be shared efficiently and bi-directionally, while enhancing our security posture,” he said.

Scout24 embarked on a 3-month test phase after CounterACT was set up and before going live with the system. The solution was configured as a cluster for Scout24 in order to guarantee maximum security in the event of breakdowns. Experts from ForeScout offered precisely the right assistance to Scout24 so the delivered policies could be individually adapted to suit Scout24’s network. This occurred both successfully and smoothly: “Most users didn’t even notice that CounterACT had been integrated. That’s really the best indicator of the functionality of a security system,” Markus Prahl summarises.

With CounterACT, ForeScout sets new standards in continuous monitoring and mitigation — also for the personnel who are responsible for IT at Scout24, because CounterACT offers more transparency and greater convenience — especially with regard to the management of administrated and external endpoints. CounterACT immediately creates an overview of which terminal device is currently active in which network environment — irrespective of what kind of device is being used, because of its agent-free approach. In the past, each terminal device had to be manually assigned to one of the five VLANs, but now CounterACT automatically selects the optimal VLAN, which is much more convenient for the user. Each device is automatically placed in the appropriate network environment depending on the scope of the access rights (member of the board of directors, guest, or developer) and the specific security and compliance rules. There’s a quarantine LAN for peculiarly conspicuous devices, and the reminder to install necessary updates occurs automatically. This package of functionalities distinguishes ForeScout CounterACT as a continuous monitoring and mitigation solution that’s far superior to the black-and-white, “block-or-accept” methodology of yesterday’s NACs.

Working with CounterACT provided Scout24 with three main advantages:

  * Visibility and transparency for the endpoints on the network
  * Quick and easy installation, which showed results within the first day of deployment
  * Simple and secure operation with automated enforcement of flexibly definable rules

Read the full Scout24 case study

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