Security tools encourage large industrial companies use to cloud services, and the trend of allowing staff to bring their own devices to work, to sell technologies that try to improve the security of the resulting chaos.
ForeScout technologies launched a scheme to sell against the Network Access Control (NAC) technology as a cloud platform providers are hosted and managed services (MSPs) on Tuesday. The company was already playing in the host but MSPs will be a new string in the arc.
The move coincided with the release by Bradford networks, a competitor for ForeScout, an application that allows secure network access for trusted iPads, iPhones and Apple devices. The App is a feature of the latest version of the Bradford network Sentry, version 5.3, which will be generally available this month.
Network Access Control (NAC) technology can be compared with the guardians of night clubs. Not to say that you can't be in a club with jeans, NAC tech stop laptop accessing the network unless they are fully patched and running anti-virus up to date, for example, the approach that guards against cross-contamination of computer worms. NAC technology can also restrict what the network device (smartphone, mobile, tablet etc) can access, much like the guard who blocked access to the VIP Club (VIP area, reading customer database account etc.)
ForeScout and Bradford networks compete in network access control (NAC) and policy compliance market with products and services from the likes of Cisco, Juniper and McAfee.