Success Stories

Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham 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.

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SAP Combines MDM with NAC to Solve its Own Mobile Security Challenges

SAP has about 50,000 to 60,000 employees and all of them have mobile devices… that means mobile phones, but also Linux and Windows machines, Macs, IP phones, printers, the projectors in the conference rooms an our switches. So SAP set out to do something about that for its own internal operations, with a security integration with the ForeScout CounterACT network security platform. It worked so well, the IT giant went on to test NAC and MDM interoperability to expand visibility and control.

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Rollins College

Rollins College looked to ForeScout CounterACT to help manage the growing number of personally-owned PCs, smartphones and tablets on its wired and wireless networks and to assess and prevent devices that do not adhere to the college’s security policy from connecting to the network.

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Ardentec

Ardentec needed an efficient way to manage its growing number of endpoints and was seeking to improve network visibility and reduce the risk of rogueand vulnerable devices gaining access to network resources...Ardentec chose ForeScout because it provided the simplest, feature-rich and most cost-effective solution that was also easiest to deploy and maintain. CounterACT’s effectiveness to provide increased operational insight and its low impact to their existing environment helped in the decision.

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SEGA

SEGA Corporation needed an efficient and cost-effective way to manage the growing number of personally owned devices, often referred to as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), that were attempting to or were connecting to its wired and wireless network. SoftBank Technology provided BYOD managed services, which use ForeScout CounterACT to monitor both wired and wireless networks to detect and assess devices and prevent devices, such as PCs and smartphones that are unmanaged or do not adhere to SEGA’s security policy, from connecting to its network.

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The NEINVER Group

This case study shows how NEINVER selected ForeScout CounterACT to meet their requirements for a Network Access Control (NAC) solution that enabled endpoint compliance, in line with its global security policy; one which would show, in real-time, what and who was connecting to the corporate network. ForeScout CounterACT was the only product able to fulfill these needs.

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Omnicom Media Group

The objective for OMG’s deployment of the CounterACT™ platform is to have complete, policy-based visibility with regards to who and what is on its network and to proactively protect network resources. ForeScout CounterACT helps OMG reduce and manage risk via a simple to install appliance that offers an agentless approach and flexible policy that preserves the user experience.

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Unidad Editorial

Unidad Editorial’s specific NAC requirements included: agentless, out-of-band, automatic identification of devices, built-in policies and reports. Plus, they wanted a solution that provided greater authentication and flexibility yet would not disrupt user productivity. ForeScout CounterACT™ delivered on all these aspects, and more.

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Sussex Health Informatics Service

ForeScout CounterACT™ provides Sussex HIS with real-time visibility of all IP devices on its network and the ability for deeper inspection into suspect users and potentially unwanted applications on connected devices. The platform is centrally managed across its distributed sites and has adapted to a mixed operating environment. Any device on the network is identified and assessed against policy, providing the IT services team instant intelligence and an automated means to address, mediate or block any insecure IP device or person highlighted as a risk to NHS data, infrastructure or hardware.

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Meritrust Credit Union

The most important reason Meritrust chose ForeScout CounterACT was its flexible and agentless approach to policy control. Explaining this advantage, Brian Meyer, information security officer at Meritrust Credit Union stated, “In a banking environment, there are a lot of thin clients such as teller machines and embedded devices. With these systems any extra overhead, such as installing an agent, could adversely impact performance and slow our ability to service customers. Additionally, we wanted to avoid the management nightmare of installing and maintaining an agent on each device.” Other factors in the choice of CounterACT included its support for cross-vendor switch integration, ease of installation and its “listen only” mode, a passive testing feature that made the deployment process as simple and unobtrusive as un-checking a box when all the policies were correctly configured and validated.

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New York Law School

This case study discusses the challenges New York Law School faced in protecting and controlling its network access defenses in a way that was less intrusive, that preserved the user experience, and reduced administrative cost. They turned to ForeScout CounterACT for its multi-factored, roles-based device authentication and seamless integration with existing wired and wireless infrastructure. Additionally, CounterACT was easy to administer and deploy, in large part because its lightweight agent was trouble-free for students. There were numerous benefits, including that the IT organization gained full visibility and control of all devices on the network.

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Hadassah Medical Center

Barak Shrefler, CISO, Hadassah Medical Center.
“CounterACT gives me peace of mind that my network is as secure as possible. It enables me to easily institute any BYOD policy, gives the flexibility needed to accommodate employees’ BYOD devices (on which we install agents) and to monitor the public’s mobile devices with an agentless approach.”

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Travelodge

Kalpesh Khetani, Infrastructure Manager
The CounterACT NAC managed service provided by Axial gives us assurance that we are more than just achieving the PCI requirement, we are exceeding it. On-boarding and roll-out of the service was complex due to infrastructure diversity and the sheer number of dispersed locations, but it was well managed and relatively simple. Axial also took away the pain of resourcing for NAC deployment, maintenance and administration, and their expertise ensured our success."

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SOKA-BAU

“Thanks to ForeScout CounterACT, we have been able to clean up our entire network and implement secure access for employee notebooks and guest devices. Everything has been very smooth right from day one.”

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SIRVA

Waqas Akkawi, Director of Information Security
“From the onset, we knew exactly what we needed and were not willing to settle for anything less. CounterACT and CounterACT Edge have not just met our expectation, they have exceeded them.”

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Vistaprint

Christian Ponce, Manager of IT Audit and Compliance
“CounterACT is quickly becoming a verb at Vistaprint. For example, people will say: ‘You need to know xyz about xyz system? CounterACT it!’”

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Cache County School District

Alan Gibbons, Technology Director, Cache County School District
“We’re really pleased with how easily everything fell into place. We brought in expertise from system integrator Konsultek, and it made all the difference in the world. The training helped us get everything installed and set up advanced functions within a single week.”

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Austrian Post AG

Michael Zatl, Network Manager at Post AG
“ForeScout CounterACT saves our IT team costs and increases efficiency – and we save the time that would otherwise have been spent monitoring the network and more manually responding to security issues with connected devices – and that’s a real benefit.”

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Granarolo Group

Roberto Poli, CTO at Granarolo Group
"Granarolo, Italy’s largest dairy provider and a leader in the country’s manufacturing sector, has selected ForeScout's automates security control platform… CounterACT protects complex IT network and saves 50% in man hours, €20,000 annual costs… quietly and effectively doing its job, plus it is extremely easy to manage.”

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International Rectifier

James Tu, Director of Information Security, International Rectifier
"Our initial goal was to prevent unauthorized computers from connecting to the network. Shortly after implementing ForeScout CounterACT, we discovered it provides full visibility and compliance status of all devices on the network. That is something I didn’t have before.”

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Charles River

Keith Alan Rodwell, principal infrastructure and security architect at Charles River
“At a time when IT tool chests are filled with one-time, limited use products, it is refreshing to have a product like CounterACT, which supports our security, desktop management, help desk, active directory and enterprise applications groups.”

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Emarat, the UAE’s Leading National Petroleum Brand

View the Emarat, the UAE’s Leading National Petroleum Brand, Selects CounterACT Case Study Objective: Emarat needed a network access control (NAC) solution to control which users and devices could connect to its network, and to ensure that those granted entry were only able to reach the corporate resources appropriate for their access level. The approach […]

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OSN

Ronald D’sa, IT manager for OSN
“Last year we were spending a lot of man hours identifying non-compliant devices and guest devices – it was a challenging task. ForeScout’s NAC product requires far less resources to manage, in fact now one person can manage all devices across the entire region. Best of all, we were able to successfully roll out the solution quickly and found it extremely extensible."

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WhiteConcierge

Ben Sewell, Head of Information Security and Technology, WhiteConcierge
“ForeScout CounterACT provides extensive network and endpoint security defenses, allowing WhiteConcierge to easily achieve continued PCI-DSS Level 1 compliance.”

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Marquette University

Justin Webb, Security Analyst, Marquette University
“CounterACT provides a mechanism to identify and monitor every device without having to staff up and offers a host of automated functions to keep our operations secure with little to no IT overhead.”

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Mediengruppe Pressedruck

Andreas Neutatz, Network Manager of Mediengruppe Pressedruck
“CounterACT Edge was the only solution that could meet our stringent security requirements without causing the massive installation and administrative burden of traditional IPS products. The appliance was installed quickly and since then has been running smoothly. "

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Miami Children’s Hospital

Alex Naveira, Information Technology Security Officer
"Patient healthcare information must only be accessed by people authorized for it. CounterAct appliance, which is being used to control access to resources in the network and to prevent malware, integrates well—looking at the policy-based behavior and the compliance of each machine."

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Wellington College

Tony Whelton, Director of IT Services and Development
"ForeScout does a fantastic job of automating our guest and pupil network by eliminating endpoint security issues throughout the campus... we simply added computing resources for the virtual appliance and found the installation was very straight forward... giving us more flexibility to allocate capacity as we need it."

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Patelco Credit Union

John Shields, Vice President and CTO
"CounterACT manages up to 400,000 devices... simple—one box, one day to install and agentless operation. It met all our needs, and we had to make no changes to our network. That's why we chose ForeScout—simple, cost effective, easy to use."

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NCsoft

“ForeScout CounterACT helps us manage and secure our large, distributed network in a way that other products couldn’t… provided all our required functionality without relying on endpoint agents and without impacting our network."

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Haworth, Inc.

Chad Clement, Information Security Manager
"Despite that we are a Cisco and Microsoft shop, we went with ForeScout - better interface and visibility... no permanent software on endpoints... plus IDS features and the ability to assess compliance with corporate endpoint configuration standards... integrates with the BMC Remedy service-management and Qualys."

Omnicom Media Group

Kenneth Corriveau, Chief Information Officer
"ForeScout simplifies policy creation and is easy to deploy... their network security solutions offer us the automated and integrated controls necessary for us to enforce access policies, including mobile security, which has become very important."

City of Guelph

Shibu Pillai, Network Security Specialist
"One thing that stood out is that ForeScout blended easily with our infrastructure, which is mainly Microsoft, Cisco and HP. Other NAC vendors required changessuch as new switches, in-line devices and agents on desktops. We were able to implement the ForeScout NAC without making changes to our infrastructure."

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London South Bank University

Phillip Wright, Network Team Leader
"With CounterACT, we can keep an eye on whose antivirus is out of date; we have policies for potential malicious hosts... kill P2P applications... earned its keep during the Conficker outbreak... reduced the network team from six people to three-and-a-half network engineers—a portion of this reduction can be attributed to the automation of security processes possible through CounterACT."

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Altarum Institute

Al Wendt, Network Manager
"While it's not against policy for employees to bring in personal laptops, it does pose a threat, and the same goes for contractors. CounterACT eliminates those threats... with CounterACT protecting us, we won't have any more two-day shutdowns due to an outbreak. The product is pretty much paying for itself."

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The Doctors Company
Nation's largest insurer of physician and surgeon medical liability

Johnny Lane, Network Security Engineer
"CounterACT is ideally featured to help us manage the unmanaged... we were able to control access to our production LAN... distinguishing laptops from desktops and apply different security policies to each—without needlessly disrupting users or forcing agent-based authentication onto every endpoint."

Kutztown University

Bill Eben, Coordinator of Residential Computing, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
"CounterACT provides superior visibility into the network and performs continual monitoring which allowed us to move from a pre-connect to a post-connect compliance model giving us flexibility to enforce policies which results in a better user experience."

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Daktronics
The leading provider of LED scoreboards, programmable display systems, and large screen video displays

Philip Egeberg, IT Security Manager
"We have a geographically dispersed infrastructure and ForeScout delivered centralized, real-time visibility and control with regards to anything touching our network. ForeScout enables us to enforce an acceptable use policy including mobile devices, manage peer-to-peer (P2P) applications, and stop propagating worms and advanced persistent threats."

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Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network
Large regional network of hospitals and heath care centers

Brian Martin, Info Security Manager
"CounterACT was one of our smoothest - it took under a week and is now protecting over 20,000 endpoints. I was bowled over by the detection capabilities of CounterACT that you get two-in-one intrusion prevention and NAC solution in CounterACT just makes it that much better."

Glyndŵr University

- Rob Stockton, Head of IT Services, Glyndŵr University
“Now that we have CounterACT, we would not want to be without it, as it provides a level of network protection we never thought possible.”

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SITA UK

Mike Carr, IT Security Manager
"CounterACT's easy-to-implement, easy-to-use policy compliance engine helps us write and push policies tailored in real-time to address issues arising in our dynamic network... comprehensive audit reports that allow direct measurement against our many, and often granular, security policies"

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Albany County

Perry Blanchard, Network Security Engineer
"We went through a year-long evaluation process before settling on ForeScout... it gave us far more capability at less expense than Cisco. We maintain a highly dynamic network... (With CounterACT), I can see it all, can classify it and take action on it... found unauthorized access to their network by smart phones, a rogue wireless access point and an undocumented switch. Now I have peace of mind."

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ITOCHU
One of Japan's largest trading companies with over 700 subsidiaries

John Budek, Infstructure Manager
"ForeScout installed in a day and immediately began to deliver value. All I expected CounterACT to do was add a visitor network capability. Was I surprised! ForeScout gave me a lot more than I asked for—all in one simple integrated package."

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Stroud College

Tim Hanks, IT Service Manager
"We evaluated Cisco, Bradford and open-source—ForeScout proved to be the best choice... incredibly powerful and very intuitive to use... we can identify and protect the network against computers and smartphones no matter who owned them—students, staff, contractors or guests."

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The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Scott Kowal, Senior Network Engineer
"CounterACT is seamless to users—they don't even know their devices are being interrogated because it's non-disruptive... gives us everything we need... and it does much more... recently recognized a spyware attack and immediately stopped it in its tracks... provides our helpdesk with a great deal of instant information we couldn't get before."

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Culpeper County

Todd Frazier, System Administrator
"You can't secure what you can't see—with CounterACT, we see everything coming onto our network and can block, allow or enforce and remediate in real-time... helps us comply with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)."

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Golden West College
Southern California educator for trades, licensed trades and skilled professionals.

Anthony Maciel, Director of Technology Support Services
"ForeScout's product installed in less than a day, and instantly started working for us. We have had zero downtime due to service breaches! And I've got a great solution for PCI compliance."

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