CounterACT Recognized for Customer Value and Feature Richness, Receives Four-out-of-five Star Rating from SC Magazine
Cupertino, Calif. – July 21, 2008 – Forescout Technologies, a market leader in clientless network access control (NAC) and policy management solutions for large enterprises, today announced that SC Magazine awarded Forescout’s CounterACT a four-out-of-five star rating, lauding the product’s ability to “function like a firewall, an IPS and a NAC device all rolled into one". Unlike other “in category" network access control (NAC) solutions available today, Counter ACT delivers a best-in-class enterprise security policy management solution for global companies needing to deploy and manage security policies worldwide from a centralized console.
According to industry spokesperson and noted IT-security expert, Daniel Reynolds (CISSP, CISM, CISA): “CounterACT goes far beyond the traditional role of NAC, helping IT departments manage a wide range of policy-based, enterprise-level security processes: asset discovery, rogue detection, intrusion prevention, and network guest access management quarantine. In fact, the latest CounterACT version 6.3 release offers a true global enterprise policy management solution that is fully capable of helping IT managers streamline the regulatory compliance audit and reporting process."
CounterACT combines clientless network access control (NAC) and signatureless intrusion prevention to ensure all connected and connecting devices are in compliance with network security policies and are free of self-propagating threats. CounterACT seamlessly integrates into any network environment without requiring costly upgrades or infrastructure changes, and enables enterprises to tailor enforcement actions to match the level of policy violations, ensuring user disruption only occurs when it is warranted or required by the IT staff.
“CounterACT’s centralized policy enforcement capability takes this product to the “Olympic gold" category for us: it speeds CounterACT integration into our management system, simplifying how we do infrastructure evaluations and system upgrades," says Chris Harrington, Network Administrator, Liquid Container.
In addition to traditional security issues, today’s enterprises – like Liquid Container – face a steady influx of vulnerabilities introduced by contractors, guests and mobile/home employees who are able to bypass physical security and gain network connection inside the perimeter defenses. CounterACT addresses this problem by enforcing network security policies across all managed and unmanaged network devices, including desktops and laptops as well other devices such as VoIP phones, handhelds and network printers, without the need for a software agent of any kind.
“CounterACT goes far beyond network access control, providing us with a security safety net that we can fall back on time-and-again," said Harrington. “Even if our users’ anti-virus software doesn’t protect against a zero-day virus, CounterACT will evaluate the traffic and cut off anything that shouldn’t be there, while giving us a crystal clear view of what is on our network. All of this is done without directly impacting computer or network performance, since CounterACT is hardware agnostic and works seamlessly with our existing infrastructure."
“We appreciate having SC Magazine test drive our CounterACT 6.1 solution and confirm what our users have been telling us all along: they get more bang for the buck with CounterACT and enjoy a long-term return on investment, without the overhead or pain involved when deploying an in-line or endpoint product," said Ray Wizbowski, vice president of marketing at Forescout. “In addition, we developed our latest version of CounterACT version 6.3 in partnership with our multi-national customers to ensure that it meets the ease-of-deployment and scalable policy management needs of the global enterprise."
CounterACT is a security platform designed for the global enterprise that provides extensive network knowledge, complete network access control (NAC) and the ability to achieve regulatory compliance. Introduced in 2005, CounterACT was the first complete NAC offering to provide non-disruptive deployment, complete network visibility, flexible policy creation, broad enforcement and remediation capabilities, all without the need for a client or infrastructure changes. With numerous global deployments to date, CounterACT continues to meet the growing demands of the enterprise providing the access control required to fulfill and surpass corporate and regulatory compliance mandates.
About Forescout Technologies, Inc.
Forescout is the leading provider of access control and compliance solutions. With top-tier customers from every vertical, Forescout has perfected the art of providing strong access control without disrupting network operations or needlessly punishing end users. Forescout’s flagship product, CounterACT, protects over 500 of the world’s most secure enterprises and military installations with global deployments spanning 37 countries. The CounterACT family of products provides a path to complete security policy enforcement and is fast and easy for administrators to deploy, manage and maintain. For more about the company and its products, visit www.forescout.com.