Cisco comes Clean

Cisco has adapted its network admission control (NAC) security solution for the mid-market and large enterprises. The announcement is the first key initiative for Cisco’s new regional general manager, Samer Al Kharrat.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  September 13, 2005

Cisco has adapted its network admission control (NAC) security solution for the mid-market and large enterprises. The solution, called Cisco Clean Access Commercial (CAC), is designed for companies with 250-750 users. Cisco says CAC is one of the industry’s first and most comprehensive network admission control (NAC) solutions and is designed to automatically detect, isolate and clean infected or vulnerable wired and wireless devices that attempt to access a network. “Cisco Systems’ Clean Access solution is an ideal solution for the mid market and enterprise segment adaptable to a variety of network infrastructures. The solution offers a full-fledged, competitively priced NAC to organisations with up to 750 users,” says Samer Al Kharrat, the new general manager of the Gulf Region for Cisco Systems. Former general manager for the Gulf, Ghazi Atallah, has been promoted to managing director for service providers in global emerging markets at Cisco. Cisco CAC is an extension of the Cisco Clean Access family of NAC appliances including Cisco Clean Access Enterprise. The security tools recognise users, devices and their role in the network. This recognition occurs at the point of authentication, before malicious activity can cause any network damage. Cisco Clean Access solutions also evaluates if machines are compliant with security policies and enforce security policies by blocking, isolating and repairing non-compliant machines. NAC is a Cisco Systems sponsored industry initiative that uses the network infrastructure to enforce security policy compliance on all devices seeking to access network computing resources, thereby limiting damage from viruses and worms. NAC is part of the Cisco Self-Defending Network, an initiative to increase network intelligence in order to enable the network to automatically identify, prevent, and adapt to security threats. There are 30 global partners for NAC including IBM, Symantec, Trend Micro, Computer Associates and Microsoft.

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