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NAC Vendors Vie Over Architecture, Product Direction
The network access control (NAC) market has finally matured enough that vendors and users can at least agree on the baseline features and functionalities required to make up a NAC solution. On deck for 2007: the battle of NAC architectures, an expected standards shake-out; and plenty of vendor posturing, positioning and - more than likely - consolidation.
That was the story at Network Computing's NAC Forum event, held Thursday in San Jose, Calif. The event brought together NWC real-world IT analysts, leading NAC vendors and users that have both deployed NAC and those still in the evaluation phase. Even though NAC feature sets and technology approaches remain in flux, several users detailed early successes in rolling out NAC in their enterprises.
Key business drivers included improving remote and guest access to corporate networks; avoiding catastrophic attacks and vulnerabilities; and locking down security policies and practices for regulatory compliance.
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