Best Policy Management

Winner: Cisco Systems for Cisco Network Admission Control Appliance

Cisco Network Admission Control Appliance (NAC) provides policy-based access control to critical network resources for both users and devices. Specifically, it meets three market needs: It addresses policy compliance by enabling corporate governance, defining a consistent access policy for all users and devices throughout the network and centralizing access policy creation, distribution, auditing, and management.

Second, it strengthens security by providing policy-enforced access to network resources, securing access via all access methods, including wired, wireless and VPN connections. It provides visibility into who and what is on the network and what behavior is allowed while connected, and ensures endpoint devices are authorized and healthy.

And third, it provides increased efficiency by dynamically assigning appropriate access and services for users and their devices, thereby providing consistent user and device experience, simplified guest access and sponsorship, and automatic discovery and classification of non-authenticating devices (IP cameras, printers, badge readers, and more) on networks.

Cisco NAC is the most comprehensive network access control solution for policy-based network access policy enforcement and compliance. It covers managed and unmanaged assets, deals with employee and non-employee devices, and helps ensure compliance of wireline and wireless connected endpoints, VPN access, and guest users.

With flexible deployment scenarios, Cisco NAC helps ensure that connected remote and mobile endpoints also conform to access security policy.

It provides both client and clientless endpoint health inspection and seamless integration with remediation services to ensure that endpoint devices determined to be unhealthy can be updated and secured to meet access policy thresholds.

Cisco currently has more than 5,500 NAC customers worldwide. Cisco is recognized as the world's leading NAC vendor, and has won numerous industry awards.

Infonetics, Gartner, Frost & Sullivan, IDC and Forrester all identify Cisco NAC as the market leading network access control solution, with Infonetics reporting that Cisco NAC enjoys a 41 percent market share.


• Cisco Systems for Cisco Network Admission Control Appliance

• McAfee for McAfee Policy Auditor

• NetIQ for NetIQ Secure Configuration Manager

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• Tripwire for Tripwire Enterprise 8.0

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