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NCsoft Agrees Forescout’s “Got Game” When it Comes to Network Visibility and Endpoint Compliance

Global Gaming Company Reduces Network Security Risks and Increases IT Responsiveness by Leveraging Security Automation from Forescout

Cupertino, Calif. — September 11, 2012 — Forescout Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of automated security control solutions for Global 1000 enterprises and government organizations, today announced that NCsoft, the world’s premier publisher and developer of massively multiplayer online games (MMOs), has been added to the growing number of satisfied customers who have chosen Forescout CounterACT to advance real-time visibility and automate endpoint compliance.

Like other IT organizations, NCsoft sought to increase visibility into the security posture of all devices on the network in order to tightly manage network and endpoint security policy and support compliance frameworks.

“We are always looking for ways to improve our security mechanisms and IT responsiveness,” said Jang Jin Hyeok, director of IT security and network operations at NCsoft.  “We evaluated leading network access control products and found that Forescout CounterACT was the only NAC product that could provide all our required functionality without relying on endpoint agents and without impacting our network.”

With CounterACT in place, the IT staff could:

  • Automatically identify all connected devices—wired or wireless, managed or unmanaged
  • Gain complete visibility to the status of all devices and enforce security policies
  • Assure endpoint protection and isolate insecure systems and unwanted applications
  • Eliminate unauthorized computers and devices from connecting to internal network
  • Effectuate controls that support compliance frameworks

NCsoft implemented multiple Forescout CounterACT appliances within NCsoft.  A CounterACT Enterprise Manager appliance provides unified visibility and dynamic policy management across all deployed appliances making administration simple, centralized and efficient.  Since CounterACT operates out-of-band, supports active and passive device inspection methods and has a flexible policy engine, the NAC implementation was rapid, transparent and non-disruptive.

“At the end of the day, the comprehensive feature set, the ease of deployment and lower ongoing management effort were the key reasons why we choose Forescout CounterACT,” added Mr. Jang .

Headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, NCsoft has created many industry-leading online game franchises such as Aion, Lineage, Guild Wars and Blade Soul.  The company employs about 3,000 people, with offices in China, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States.  NCsoft manages 10,000 devices within two separate networks.  In order to expedite identifying and implementing a solution that would deliver the level of visibility and endpoint compliance desired by NCsoft, the company turned to Forescout channel partner Foresight.

“NCsoft is a valued customer and we are pleased to be able to offer a product that addressed all their security, operational and budget requirements,” said YM Park, CEO and president of Foresight.  “CounterACT is an exceptional security platform and we are equally pleased at the level of strong support that Forescout provides to enable us to grow our business.”

“In the gaming world, players not only need a plan to achieve objectives, but also need to be armed with the right resources,” said Marc Fernandez, vice president of APAC at Forescout.  “I am delighted that CounterACT complements NCsoft’s network security portfolio by delivering needed real-time endpoint visibility and automated security control to protect their successful online gaming environment.”

Forescout welcomes IT organizations to evaluate CounterACT and see first-hand the CounterACT difference.  As illustrated by a recent, in-depth competitive Tolly Group assessment of NAC products, Forescout CounterACT provides superior usability, deployment, interoperability, functionality, management, and scale.  For more details, visit www.forescout.com/switchup.

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 1,300 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.

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