ConSentry Networks announced today it has worked with Microsoft to integrate its LANShield access control platforms with Microsoft Network Access Protection (NAP). The integration of ConSentry’s network-based enforcement platform with Microsoft’s admission control and endpoint posture check enables mutual customers to benefit from a comprehensive suite of access controls.
The ConSentry LANShield platforms provide the full scope of LAN security features, including admission control, LAN visibility, identity-based control, and threat control. With the ConSentry platform, enterprises can define specific post-admission policies that control where users can go and what they can do on the network, based on their roles. These post-admission, network-based controls complement the admission controls in Microsoft Network Access Protection. The integration with Microsoft Network Access Protection allows enterprises to extend their access control policies to adjust access rights based on the health of the PC, as reported by the Microsoft Network Access Protection architecture.
Network Access Protection is a policy enforcement technology built into the Windows Vista and Windows Server (code-named “Longhorn”) operating systems that allows customers to better protect network assets from unhealthy computers by enforcing compliance with network health policies. Microsoft Network Access Protection technology is publicly available with trial versions of Windows Vista and is available to select partners and customers with Beta 2 of the future version of Windows Server “Longhorn.”
“Network Access Protection is focused on providing extensive admission control, compliance checking, and remediation help to ensure that only healthy PCs are able to access the LAN,” said Mike Schutz, group product manager of Security and Access Products at Microsoft Corp. “Working with vendors such as ConSentry to gain complementary post-admission controls extends the value that Network Access Protection provides to our customers.”