Forescout Broadens Its Product Portfolio With CounterACT Edu and CounterACT Edge
Company Continues to Build on Strong CounterACT Brand and Technology
Cupertino, Calif. – October 14, 2008 – Forescout Technologies, a market leader in network access control (NAC) and policy management solutions for large enterprises, today broadened its product portfolio with the introduction of two new CounterACT® offerings: CounterACT Edu and CounterACT Edge. CounterACT Edu delivers access control and compliance solutions to the education market. CounterACT Edge replaces Forescout’s flagship product, ActiveScout, and continues to protect the network and eliminate threats “inside and out". In addition, CounterACT’s unique centralized Enterprise Manager™ will support the full complement of products in the unified portfolio.
According to Gord Boyce, President of Forescout Technologies: “Customers across our markets need flexible NAC solutions with threat prevention, policy enforcement and real-time post-connection monitoring. Forescout’s CounterACT products are the perfect fit for these requirements. CounterACT and the unique Enterprise Manager deliver market-leading NAC with built-in threat prevention and strong policy enforcement. CounterACT Edge with its ActiveResponse™ reconnaissance technology delivers strong perimeter protection against malware, self-propagating threats and unwanted guests. CounterACT Edu tailors our enterprise platforms for campus deployments, making our rich NAC technology available to schools in North America and Europe through our existing channels at standard educational prices."
Boyce added that CounterACT Edu is being offered to universities, colleges and K-12 schools who are looking to bolster network security through the addition of NAC, achieve cost efficiencies and minimize risk. “As a leader in the NAC market, we think it is important to demonstrate continuing commitment to our educational customers by enabling them to reap the benefits of our rich NAC technology and market expertise."
This is encouraging news to customers like Anthony Maciel, Director of Technology Support Services at Golden West College. “Schools like Golden West College need a comprehensive but cost-effective NAC solution to address internet-based threats and the proliferation of devices connecting to the network," said Maciel. “CounterACT Edu offers both. The solution goes beyond standard NAC to help my staff discover network assets, manage guests, and protect our network and private data. When tested, CounterACT Edu offered us the widest breadth of mitigation options available, such as the Virtual Firewall™, VLAN switching, captive portal, and the SecureConnector™ agent for highly granular host-level controls. And because CounterACT Edu integrates seamlessly with our existing heterogeneous network infrastructure, it installed in less than a day — a real plus to my IT staff."
In addition, by bringing its flagship product ActiveScout into the CounterACT family, Forescout recognizes the need to centralize all Forescout appliances into one management interface and leverage the policy enforcement nature of ActiveScout. CounterACT Edge continues Forescout’s strong tradition of protecting the network “inside and out" . Outside, along the perimeter, CounterACT Edge pinpoints and blocks malicious guests from entering the network and thwarts viral attacks. Inside, as part of the CounterACT enterprise management solution, it monitors and prevents connected endpoints from being compromised.
The Enterprise Manager can play a central role in future customer deployments, offering a unified control system to support the full complement of CounterACT products. “Unifying our product portfolio under the CounterACT Enterprise Manager helps formalize, simplify and streamline the IT manager’s work," Boyce concluded. “Our customers require automation and integration across our products and the Enterprise Manager helps to deliver on that requirement."
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.