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ForeScout CounterACT Increases Visibility, Control and Compliance at Broward College
“Broward College selected the ForeScout CounterACT™ platform to secure and manage the personally- and college-owned devices connecting to its network…with more than 68,000 students located at four campuses and seven satellite locations in South Florida…Broward’s IT team aimed to invest in technologies that would facilitate a flexible, secure bring your own device (BYOD) strategy for its faculty, staff and students to facilitate learning.”
ForeScout CounterACT Wins Gold in 2014 Govies Government Security Awards
“The awards recognize the outstanding solutions that address security challenges in government agencies…ForeScout CounterACT provides government agencies with an automated solution to more efficiently control network access and enforce essential security controls.”
“The compliance package combines the ForeScout CounterACT solution, services and pricing incentives for government authorities in the UK in order to secure unmanaged devices, preempt rogue device and unsanctioned application risks, and support compliance to PSN requirements…ForeScout CounterACT addresses these challenges by leveraging CounterACT’s built-in ability to see, monitor and control what is happening on your network – across users, devices, and applications.”
“ForeScout CounterACT 7 is a next-generation network access control (NAC) solution that enables companies to continuously monitor and mitigate security exposures and cyberthreats…IAIT, an independent testing laboratory based in Germany, examined CounterACT under great scrutiny with a practical test that integrated the appliance into a corporate network; engaged discovery and monitoring services; designed policies for classification, rogue detection and blocking, guest and mobile device management, and endpoint compliance and remediation; and conducted third-party system integration.”
The session is led by the book’s author Steve Piper, CEO of CyberEdge, and contributor Scott Gordon, CMO, ForeScout, who will be joined by Morris Altman, Director of Network Services, Internet Security Officer at Queens College of CUNY.
- Learn why NAC is in resurgence and what platforms offer
- Get a feel for selection and deployment do’s, don’t and gotcha’s
- See how to move to a continuous monitoring and mitigation stance
corporate infrastructure through network vulnerabilities. And, it’s alarming how easy it is for this to happen. A rogue or unknown device connects onto what you thought was a protected network, gains access and proceeds to cause often irrevocable damage which can result in millions of dollars to your business. Can you afford for this to happen?
- How do you know what devices are accessing your network?
- How do you detect a rogue device?
- What can you do to prevent a threat in your network and minimize the risk?
Phil Hochmuth, security program analyst at IDC
Scott Gordon, chief marketing officer at ForeScout
This webinar examines BYOD trends and risks, the mobile security landscape, policy development and control options. The session will also present a tiered service approach to enterprise mobile security where complementary controls can offer necessary network and device level defenses to enable IT organizations to realize mobility advantages and reduce security and compliance exposures.
- Real-world issues, considerations and operational impact
- Policy development processes to tolerate, support or embrace BYOD
- Why combine NAC, MDM and other technical controls
- How to devise tiered security service strategy
- Jeff Bradberry – IT Security Manager, BrightPoint
To maximize efficiency, manage risk and reduce potential violations due to compliance failure, organizations need to implement tools that apply and support multiple specifications across difference compliance requisites. Network Access Control (NAC) supports numerous critical security and protection functions across multiple mandates. This interactive expert / user session, led by IANS faculty advisor Diana Kelly of Security curve with end user participant Jeff Bradberry of BrightPoint, will examine NAC and real-world compliance use cases. Attendees will discover:
- Key NAC functions that apply to compliance processes and specifications
- Real-world use cases; considerations, controls, activities and processes
- How NAC specifically maps to top commercial, regulatory and federal mandates
Trent University deployed ForeScout CounterACT across its three campuses in January 2013 and expanded its deployment at the main city site over the winter to cater to the university’s ever-increasing number of BYOD endpoints.
Gord Boyce, CEO of ForeScout, on ControlFabric platform
Gord Boyce, CEO, ForeScout, discusses the ForeScout ControlFabric platform in this short video. The ControlFabric™ platform is an open platform that enables ForeScout CounterACT and other IT solutions to exchange information and mitigate a wide variety of network and endpoint security concerns.
Traditional “defense-in-depth” strategy alone is not enough to effectively hinder hackers, mitigate violations and respond quickly enough to contain malware. This silo approach results in mounting security blind spots that present opportunities for violations, threats and attacks. The consequences can range from distracting to catastrophic impact. Put simply: enterprise IT organizations have incomplete knowledge of who or what is accessing or operating on their networks; nor do they have efficient means to enforce endpoint integrity or contain exposures. After years of protecting organizations’ networks from unauthorized access and malware and deploying numerous host-based defenses, Next-Generation Network Access Control (NAC) is fast developing a reputation as an indispensable security platform that offers a wealth of functionality predicated on the importance of dynamic endpoint intelligence and policy based remediation. This report examines in-depth how next-generation NAC technology enables continuous monitoring and advanced protection.
The traditional enterprise perimeter is becoming more open and extended as the number of mobile and remote employees increases. The use of consumer mobile devices (such as smartphones and tablets) and the increased use of cloud services (individual tools such as Dropbox or business cloud applications such as Amazon Web Services) also challenge enterprise information security and IT risk management professionals. Organizations that leave networks wide open to employees’ mobile devices will have a hard time containing access to and controlling the use of sensitive corporate data in today’s extended computing environment. Conversely, enterprises that either lock down these devices or lock them out by configuring networks to offer them limited services are missing an opportunity to make employees more accessible, more productive, and more satisfied with their work environments. During the past 12 months, IDC has increasingly seen “hybridized” or joint NAC and MDM offerings whereby more progressive NAC vendors are integrating or offering their network-based security with MDM device-based security and vice versa. The hybrid approach preserves an often-required separation of duties between network/application and security operations while preserving the value for the security operator to see and manage all devices in one console. This report provide a pragmatic approach towards planning a BYOD security strategy that takes into account tiered levels of access, privileges, and controls, and looks at solutions that span network, device, user, application, and data controls and offer both on-premise and cloud architectures.
Emerging in 2010, NAC began to occupy a valuable piece of real estate on more extended and open networks. NAC was in the right position to inspect devices, monitor activities, and enforce endpoint compliance policies in a growing number of use cases. The combination of new enterprise needs and vendor research and development greatly expanded the purview and role of NAC technology. As NAC enters its second decade, it has evolved beyond its original network access traffic cop role and now provides far greater functionality. As this continues, ESG believes that NAC is evolving beyond its original limited market into a new segment called Endpoint Visibility, Access, and Security (EVAS). ESG defines EVAS as: Network security technologies that provide policy-based intelligence, enforcement, and mitigation of all network device access, configuration, and activities for any node attached to an IP network
“For the third consecutive year ForeScout CounterACT was named by Gartner Inc. as a leader in its 2013 Magic Quadrant report for Network Access Control (NAC). ForeScout NAC innovations which includes its CounterACT platform and ControlFabric architecture also serve as the cornerstone technology addressing visibility, BYOD and continuous compliance trends.”
ForeScout demonstrated visionary leadership to enhance network security manageability with the introduction of ControlFabric architecture, demonstrating that the company ‘gets it.’ ControlFabric technology provides essential bi-directional interfaces and protocols for ‘visibility, intelligence, and remediation’ across multiple network, security, and management tool sets. Extending the CounterACT platform with ControlFabric enables network security vendors to work together and cooperate to make network security easier for security professionals to achieve continuous monitoring and mitigation capabilities.
“The big new thing from ForeScout this year is API and its new program/ecosystem. The company has written 66 integrations now and expects many other third-party vendors to join…Add to this a clear focus on bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and the idea of pervasive security throughout the enterprise and you have forward-looking thinking. ForeScout has traditionally been a NAC powerhouse. The experience and creativity that took it there has taken the company to the next levelwith the innovations of the past year”