Feeds

Gadget 'bouncers' hired to patrol biz clouds

If your name's not down, you're not connecting in

Boost IT visibility and business value

Security appliance firms are using the big industry push towards cloud services, and the trend of allowing staff to bring their own devices into work, to sell technology that attempts to fix the resulting security mess.

ForeScout Technologies launched a scheme to sell its CounterACT Network Access Control (NAC) technology as a cloud platform to hosted and managed service providers (MSPs) on Tuesday. The firm already plays in hosted but MSPs will be a new string in its bow.

The move coincides with the release by Bradford Networks, a competitor to ForeScout, of an app that enables secure network access for trusted iPads, iPhones and other Apple devices. The app is a feature of the latest version of Bradford’s Network Sentry, version 5.3, which will be generally available this month.

Network Access Control (NAC) technology can be compared to nightclub bouncers. Instead of saying that you can't get in a club with jeans, NAC tech stops laptops accessing a network unless they are fully patched and running up to date anti-virus, for example, an approach that guards against cross-contamination of computer worms. NAC tech can also restrict what areas of a network a guest device (smartphones, mobile, tablet etc) can access, much like bouncers who block access to the VIP area of a club (for VIP area read customer database, accounts etc.)

ForeScout and Bradford Networks compete in the network access control (NAC) and policy compliance market with products and services from the likes of Cisco, Juniper and McAfee.

NAC technology attempts to solve various problems including policy enforcement and access management that other bits of security tech also attempt to tackle. Perhaps because of this confusion the technology, first talked about seven or eight years ago, is still in the early adopter phase. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
Microsoft: Azure isn't ready for biz-critical apps … yet
Microsoft will move its own IT to the cloud to avoid $200m server bill
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
Flash could be CHEAPER than SAS DISK? Come off it, NetApp
Stats analysis reckons we'll hit that point in just three years
Oracle reveals 32-core, 10 BEEELLION-transistor SPARC M7
New chip scales to 1024 cores, 8192 threads 64 TB RAM, at speeds over 3.6GHz
Object storage bods Exablox: RAID is dead, baby. RAID is dead
Bring your own disks to its object appliances
Nimble's latest mutants GORGE themselves on unlucky forerunners
Crossing Sandy Bridges without stopping for breath
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.