Posted by: RAH Infotech | March 12, 2013

ForeScout Technologies Recognized as a Leader in the 2012 ‘Magic Quadrant for Network Access Control’

ForeScout Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of automated security control solutions for Fortune 1000 enterprises and government organizations, announced that it has been positioned in the “Leaders” quadrant of Gartner, Inc.’s 2012 “Magic Quadrant for Network Access Control.”1 The Magic Quadrant analysis is based on Gartner’s assessment of a company’s completeness of vision and ability to execute.

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Access Control

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Access Control

According to Gartner’s “Magic Quadrant for Network Access Control2, “the BYOD trend continues to be the major driver in NAC adoption. NAC vendors must have flexible approaches (partnerships and/or internally developed capabilities) for enforcing policies on the use of personally owned devices. Mobility and bring your own device (BYOD) trends have increased demand, and the largest NAC suppliers have seen strong increases in growth. Driven by these trends, we expect market growth of approximately 63 percent in 2013, as businesses are spending on mobile device management (MDM) and NAC as the primary means for meeting demand of personally owned smartphones and tablets, while containing risks.”

In this report3, leaders are successful in selling large NAC implementations (10,000 nodes and greater) to multiple large enterprises. Leaders are pure-play NAC vendors or networking and/or security companies that have been first to market with enhanced capabilities as the market matures. Leaders have the resources to maintain their commitment to NAC, have strong channel strength and have financial resources. They have also demonstrated a strong understanding of the future direction of NAC, including the impact of BYOD. Leaders should not equate to a default choice for every buyer, and clients should not assume that they must buy only from vendors in the Leaders’ quadrant.

According to Gartner4, the knowledge and experience gained in establishing and enforcing network access control (NAC) policies for corporate-owned laptops can be extended to apply policies for personally owned devices. A combination of NAC and MDM can enable a flexible BYOD environment with an acceptable level of risk for many organizations. NAC can be used to check for the presence of an MDM agent. Endpoints that do not have the agent can be blocked or granted limited access (for example, Internet access only). NAC can ensure that employees must comply with MDM policies if they wish to gain access to the corporate network. Building operational processes (for example, automating mobile device registration) is key to scaling a BYOD project.

ForeScout CounterACT is an automated security control platform that allows you to see and control everything that is connected to the network – enabling companies to let employees and guests seamlessly use personal devices on the network without compromising security. Delivered as a fully integrated appliance (physical or virtual), CounterACT is simple to deploy as it requires no agents and leverages the existing network. CounterACT key features include:

  • Hybrid NAC Platform
  • Broadest BYOD and MDM Support
  • Roles-based Access Control
  • Endpoint Compliance
  • Scalability and Manageability
  • Government Approved

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