You may have read our news regarding our re-position to focus exclusively on Network Access Control (NAC). If not you can see it here. This is a very exciting time for NAC, and its developments within the Federal and commercial sectors, and so we wanted to ensure that we remained fully focused on developing new features and product sets to support and secure our customers.
Why is it so exciting? In 2011 Securing Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) emerged as a real and serious need, and one that will only gain momentum. Because BYOD technologies are almost inherently mobile, and often involve unmanaged devices, it can be very difficult to enforce security policies involving it. Meeting this new challenge required new technologies and new innovations. Thus, the mobile device manager was born.
Mobile device managers (MDM) provide an agent for the mobile devices on your network, and allow you to push compliance policies to them. Most can also report back on compliance levels. What they often don’t do, however, is remediate non-compliant devices, or isolate devices based on dangerous configurations, such as being jailbroken, or not running anti-malware. MDMs are focused on mobile devices, not on network infrastructure, nor do they help with laptops and desktops brought in from home.
Remediation and endpoint isolation are a perfect fit for NAC, and thus are a key part of enforcing a BYOD policy. An MDM alone doesn’t give you enough control to really police the use of mobile devices on your network. This has driven a major resurgence in the NAC market, and in large part has driven StillSecure’s decision to divest its managed security services business and focus 100% on it’s Safe Access® NAC product.
Despite the fact that NAC has had a reputation for being difficult to deploy, Safe Access has always stood out as one of the easiest NACs to install, and in fact, we can show its full power in under an hour on your network. That means Safe Access can often be installed with no major configuration changes, nor any additional hardware purchases. Many of our competitors require orders of magnitude longer to demonstrate a fully functional deployment. Because of this, and our high speed testing engine that can bring to bear thousands of cross-vendor compliance tests, Safe Access is uniquely positioned to be a top BYOD player, and it’s what makes us so excited to focus entirely on NAC.