Furniture maker uses NAC gear for more than NAC
- 03 October, 2008 10:38
The company is also a Microsoft shop, but he has not looked at network access protection (NAP), Microsoft's flavor of NAC.
The device has afforded unexpected utility. In an attempt to locate a missing laptop, he created a rule that anytime its computer name or MAC address was found by the NAC device, it would notify Clement. The lost computer never showed up, but he would have been told if it had.
In another case, to facilitate an investigation, he needed to know when a particular device connected to the network so forensic data could be downloaded from it. He used the CounterACT to notify him so he could have a forensics engineer collect evidence he needed.
The device can also tell what switch and port a device is plugged into, and he's going to let the help desk have access to that data via the ForeScout asset portal in order to help troubleshoot and resolve endpoint problems. "It's another tool to give visibility to what's going on," he says.
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