ConSentry Networks is the latest network access control (NAC) vendor to bite the dust. The Milpitas, Calif.-based company, which lately had shifted its focus to making LAN switches and controllers, closed its doors last Thursday, according to Network World, which broke the story. No one at ConSentry answered the telephone on Tuesday, and an email went unreturned. Earlier this year, Trustwave acquired Mirage Networks, and in March 2008, prominent NAC player Lockdown Networks went out of business. Experts said pure-play NAC providers have had trouble competing against bigger companies. -- DK
SecurityWeek reports that organizations across the IT, energy, and government sectors had significantly lower budgets for industrial control systems and operational technology cybersecurity this year, compared with 2022.
CNN reports that major U.S. voting equipment vendors Election Systems & Software, Unisyn, and Hart InterCivic have taken part in a new cybersecurity testing program that would subject election systems to cybersecurity stress tests ahead of next year's polls in an effort to combat false election rigging claims during the 2020 election.