Symantec reinforces NAC solutions

Network access control upgrade to be available in August

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By  Sean Robson Published  July 30, 2008

Global security provider Symantec is planning on launching an upgrade to its existing network access control solution to provide better enforcement of policies across management endpoints, guest users as well as unmanaged devices.

The upgraded product has been designed by Symantec to ensure that unmanaged endpoints attempting to connect to corporate networks have the appropriate protection and security software installed. The on-demand client performs predefined checks to ensure that antivirus, anti-spyware, firewall and service pack software is installed and up-to-date.

"This critical expansion of our network access control capabilities allows customers to centrally enforce endpoint compliance policies for both managed and unmanaged endpoints, through integration with Symantec Endpoint protection and guest users," said Brad Kingsbury, senior vice president, endpoint security and management group, Symantec.

According to the company, the integrated, dissolvable on-demand client for guest user access can now be delivered directly from the Symantec NAC enforcer appliance in gateway or DHCP modes to simplify deployment.

Symantec NAC also supports authentication and identity-based access control for guest users by offering a new web login that can be enabled as part of the on-demand client download process.

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