London — December 12, 2012 — Forescout Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of automated security control solutions for Global 1000 enterprises and government organizations, today announced that Travelodge, the U.K.’s first budget hotel company, has selected Forescout CounterACT NAC-as-a-Service to help achieve PCI compliance, as well as to optimize network visibility and endpoint compliance.
Axial Systems, the managed service provider delivering the CounterACT service to Travelodge, added network access control (NAC) to its managed service portfolio in response to growing market demand. Ade Omotomilola, head of managed services at Axial Systems, said, “NAC has become an essential tool for business not only to address authorized access to critical business information, but even more so to assure device configuration compliance requirements and to secure mobile device use. By offering a catalog of security services leveraging CounterACT, companies can quickly realize NAC benefits with fewer resources and a more cost-effective means by acquiring NAC as OpEx.”
Like other hospitality providers, Travelodge, with more than 500 hotels across the U.K., Ireland and Spain, wanted to improve its wireless network scanning, a requirement of PCI compliance. Through one of Axial’s technology briefings, Forescout’s NAC technology was identified as a potential solution. Axial Systems subsequently designed a robust managed NAC service for Travelodge, with CounterACT NAC-as-a-Service at its core. Axial, which managed Forescout CounterACT in production, has been able to efficiently fortify Travelodge’s network security and compliance measures.
Kalpesh Khetani, infrastructure manager for Travelodge, commented, “The CounterACT NAC managed service provided by Axial gives us assurance that we are now 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.”
“NAC offered as a service is a win-win for large companies and service providers. Travelodge was able to get up and running in an efficient way to address their compliance requirements, without impacting operations, by leveraging expertise and resources from Axial Systems. We invite organizations to see just how versatile CounterACT is and how well suited our platform is for managed services,” said John Hagerty, EMEA sales director for Forescout.
About Forescout CounterACT NAC-as-a-Service
Forescout CounterACT for network access control (NAC) offers a proven approach to enable any IT organization to gain real-time visibility and automated control over who, how, when and what devices are connecting to the enterprise – all devices; managed, remote, mobile, personal. Now customers gain more choice to accelerate endpoint and access compliance and achieve BYOD security by teaming Forescout CounterACT NAC and Forescout MDM as a managed or hosted service delivered through Forescout’s authorized service provider partners. With the Forescout Mobile add-on, the IT staff can quickly effectuate BYOD policy with both network and device-level controls for iOS and Android platforms. Security operators can also consolidate information about all endpoints on the network, including unmanaged mobile devices and those managed by their MDM systems, into the CounterACT platform, as well as complement network-based controls with MDM device-level security.
About Forescout Technologies, Inc.
Forescout enables organizations to accelerate productivity and connectivity by allowing users to access corporate network resources where, how and when needed without compromising security. Forescout’s automated solutions for network access control, mobile security, endpoint compliance and threat prevention empower IT agility while preempting risks and eliminating remediation costs. Because the Forescout CounterACT platform is easy to deploy, unobtrusive, intelligent and scalable, it has been chosen by more than 1,700 of the world’s most secure enterprises and military installations for global deployments spanning 37 countries. Headquartered in Cupertino, California, Forescout delivers its solutions through its network of authorized partners worldwide. Learn more at www.forescout.com.
Forescout Technologies, Inc. is a privately held Delaware corporation. Forescout, the Forescout logo, CounterACT and ActiveResponse are trademarks of Forescout. Other names mentioned may be trademarks of their respective owners.