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ForeScout Trumps Cisco and 11 Other Network Access Control Vendors in Network World Clear Choice Test, Placing Second to Symantec
Aug 01, 2007 (08:08 AM EDT)


CUPERTINO, Calif., Aug. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- ForeScout Technologies, a leading provider of clientless network access control (NAC) for Fortune 500 enterprises and government organizations, announced that Network World has given its CounterACT appliance an overall score of 4.38 out of 5 in its comprehensive Clear Choice test of 13 NAC point products (Network World, July 30, 2007). CounterACT placed second only to Symantec's NAC offering, outperforming NAC solutions from Bradford Networks, Check Point Software, Cisco, ConSentry Networks, InfoExpress, Juniper Networks, Lockdown Networks, McAfee, StillSecure, Trend Micro and Vernier Networks.

Mandy Andress, a member of the Network World Lab Alliance, conducted the review. In her introduction article entitled "NAC alternatives hit the mark," Andress noted that ForeScout stood out in the areas of solid NAC functionality, all-around endpoint assessment, remediation functionality and overall management. Some of the specifics from her July 30th review articles include:

-- ForeScout "provides the best data searching capability to help administrators understand the relationship between devices, users, integrity issues, and remediation. ForeScout provides a web-based network portal that allows authorized users to search based on criteria such as user name, IP address and MAC address, to name a few examples. You can see displayed all the data for a system and see how the system was accessed, what integrity issues the system had, what enforcement actions were taken. You can also run a search and see all the systems a specific user accessed." -- "In addition to the standard clients and server used as part of the test bed, CounterAct also identified the VoIP phone, TiVo, and PDA on the network. Overall, using Nmap, a staple tool in any security professional's arsenal, makes the management of all the embedded devices the easiest of all products tested." -- The Scorecard cited the following positive aspects about CounterACT: "Endpoint assessment timing can be configured on a check-by-check basis; wide variety of enforcement options; unique network portal is useful for data analysis; one of the stronger reporting engines tested."

"Ms. Andress' detailed evaluation significantly levels the playing field, removing the marketing hype in the NAC marketplace," said T. Kent Elliott, CEO of ForeScout. "ForeScout's customers' direct experience with our NAC offering, CounterACT, reinforces the same strengths highlighted in Ms. Andress' review. Network World has provided a great service to companies looking to buy NAC technology through clearly articulating important elements that must be considered for viable, long-term network access control deployment. We appreciate the diligent work performed by a prestigious publication like Network World."

"We consistently win competitive bakeoffs when money -- not just bragging rights -- is on the line," said Gord Boyce, president of ForeScout. "This test result is consistent with our field experience proving that for NAC, prospects must look at ForeScout's CounterACT."

About Network World

Network World, Inc., the Leader in Network Knowledge, empowers network IT executives through education, information and community. Network World, an IDG company, is the leading provider of news, analysis, reviews, events and education on information technology. Network World publishes the leading newsweekly, Network World, hosts the most active online communities ( http://www.networkworld.com http://www.javaworld.com http://www.linuxworld.com http://www.demo.com , , , and ), and produces educational seminars and events worldwide. Network World's portfolio of strategic marketing programs provides marketing and agency professionals with the tools to generate high-quality leads, optimize marketing campaigns, and create new revenue opportunities. Additionally, Network World is the event organizer of DEMO and DEMOfall, the leading events for new technology innovation.

About ForeScout

ForeScout's clientless network access control (NAC) solutions enable customers to implement and enforce network access policies of both managed and unmanaged devices in both a pre and post connect mode to gain complete control over network security without disrupting end-user productivity. ForeScout's flagship product, CounterACT, combines NAC and signature-less intrusion prevention in a single network appliance that interrogates and enforces controlled access of every device while seamlessly integrating with any existing IT infrastructure. ForeScout's NAC is completely transparent and enables enterprises to tailor enforcement to match the exact level of each policy violation, eliminating disruptions during device interrogation. Today, Fortune 500 corporations and government agencies have deployed ForeScout appliances globally controlling access to their networks and resources, defending against hackers and self-propagating malware, and ensuring business continuity. ForeScout's headquarters are located in Cupertino, California. More information can be found at http://www.forescout.com .

CONTACT: Gleb Brichko of ForeScout Technologies, +1-408-213-3194, pr@forescout.com; or Media, Samantha Leggat of Lux Communications,+1-925-447-5300, , for ForeScout Technologies

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