Based on its recent analysis of the network access control (NAC) market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes ForeScout Technologies, Inc. with the 2012 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Innovation. ForeScout offers a wealth of comprehensive, integrated, and automated features to support NAC requirements and advance NAC product category standards. Their automated security control platform, ForeScout CounterACT, addresses security management issues ranging from access control to network visibility, BYOD and mobile security, endpoint protection assurance, and compliance.
The NAC market experienced substantially stronger growth in 2010 and 2011. Frost & Sullivan estimates the NAC market to grow by 13.8% (CAGR) and reach more than $310M in the next 4 years predicated on an increasing recognition of the value of NAC in the next-generation enterprise network. The three best selling NAC solutions are respectively Cisco, ForeScout and Juniper, which represent over 63% of the NAC market. The full report is available at frost.com/nad5.
ForeScout CounterACT has overcome the complexity, integration, impact, scalability, and management challenges common among competing solutions. As a result, ForeScout has become the largest independent NAC provider and the fastest growing vendor in the NAC market.
More recently, the company has taken strides to provide IT organizations the means to enable secure use of smartphones and tablets on the corporate network
"ForeScout CounterACT enables businesses to embrace new technologies and trends such as bring-your-own-device into organizations," said Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Chris Rodriguez. "This has been a top concern for IT organizations due to the prevalence and use of personal smartphones, laptops, and tablets, and enterprises are looking for vendors, such as ForeScout, to provide flexible and cost-effective ways to manage mobile security risks."
The company's ForeScout Mobile product line, which is delivered as an add-on module for CounterACT, aims to offer broader security controls for customers at different levels of handheld device adoption.
Meanwhile, ForeScout's support for 802.1x and agent-less non-802.1x approaches to trusted network access offers customers faster and easier deployment and overall greater management capability. This is especially significant in environments that are dynamic, large, geographically dispersed, or characterized by varying network, identity, and security infrastructure.
CounterACT offers an array of granular enforcement options ranging from blocking and quarantine to warnings, guided remediation, and automated background remediation. ForeScout behavior recognition technologies monitors devices and responds in real time to malicious actions post-connection. This provides customers with a high degree of security and operational savings through fewer IT resources for guest management, less help desk tickets, and reduced costs to manually resolve endpoint security issues.
"More importantly, real-time visibility, granular enforcement and phase-in options ensure that customers can configure the solution and policies in a non-disruptive manner," notes Rodriguez. "This provides end-users with sufficient time to acclimate to new processes and policies, and allows NAC customers to prevent loss of productivity or resources, while achieving substantially more effective security."
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About ForeScout Technologies, Inc.
ForeScout (forescout.com) 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.
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