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ForeScout CounterACT is a pervasive network security platform that real-time visibility and policy-based mitigation capability which can be applied to access control, mobile security, endpoint compliance and threat prevention.

Network Access Control

ForeScout CounterACT for Network Access Control is different than most network access control systems because it is so easy to deploy. Everything needed for network access control is included in one appliance that installs out-of-band, typically at the core of your network. There is no software to install, no changes that need to be made to your network. CounterACT works with managed and unmanaged devices (smartphones, laptops). CounterACT has proven scalability in networks exceeding 250,000 endpoints.

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Feature ForeScout CounterACT Infrastructure solutions (Cisco, Juniper, etc.)
Number of components
Centralized management
Multivendor switch support
Support for phased deployment
Security posture check of managed devices
Security posture check of unmanaged devices
Real-time inventory of applications, services, users, devices
Multiple network blocking actions
Role-based traffic control
Quarantine
Guest registration
Mobile Security

ForeScout Mobile Security Module provides real-time visibility and network access control for smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices connecting to your network. With ForeScout Mobile Security Module, you can let users enjoy the productivity benefits of modern handheld devices while you protect your network against unauthorized access, data loss and malicious threats. CounterACT will control the level of access based on user and device type – Allow, Limit, or Block.

Feature ForeScout CounterACT Infrastructure solutions (Cisco, Juniper, etc.)
Visibility of mobile devices
Unified network access policies for smartphones and traditional computing devices varies
Guest access management
Role-based traffic control
Block malicious traffic from handheld devices
Endpoint Compliance

ForeScout CounterACT for Endpoint Compliance automatically enforces security policies for everyone on your network. Because ForeScout CounterACT is agentless, it works with endpoints–managed and unmanaged, known and unknown, physical and virtual. CounterACT for Endpoint Compliance can discover security weaknesses that your existing agent-based security systems are blind to.

Feature ForeScout CounterACT Infrastructure solutions (Cisco, Juniper, etc.)
Centralized management
Security posture check
Real-time inventory of applications, services, users, devices
Track changes of endpoint software or configuration varies
Self-help for end-users
Update antivirus
Install / restart security agents
Kill process
Disable unauthorized peripheral device
Threat Prevention

ForeScout’s patented ActiveResponse™ technology is included in every product that we sell. ActiveResponse blocks both known and unknown attacks with accuracy. This unique technology does not require signature updates or other forms of maintenance, so it requires zero maintenance. And since it does not suffer from false positives, you can confidently deploy this technology inside your network in full blocking mode. ActiveResponse is often used as a complementary layer of security with other network security technologies such as firewall and signature-based IPS.

CounterACT Edge Signature IPS Anomaly Detection IPS Firewall
Zero Day Protection
Management Overhead
False Positives
Typical Deployment Auto-blocking Some auto blocking, some non-blocking Typically set to non-blocking, due to false-positive issues Auto-blocking

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