Cost effective NAC solution for small offices

AEP Networks is introducing a branch and small office version of its NACpoint network admission control (NAC) appliance. AEP NACpoint Small Office is a security appliance that thoroughly controls who and what gets access to networked resources. Admission control is based on the identity of users and machines. It also assists in keeping malicious threats from entering the enterprise at the Internet and WAN boundaries, as well as at local points of connection.

The new product is a fully featured standalone version of the full AEP NACpoint solution. It is designed to support a maximum of 50 managed ports and is intended to be a cost effective solution for a smaller installation or a branch office.

NACpoint Small Office protects networked resources against attack from unknown users and devices by authenticating users requesting LAN access, performing a node posture validation scan of clients. It places offending clients into quarantine and enables remediation.

The appliance is ideal for securing wireless access, wired guest/conference room access, and shared workspaces. It includes features such as:

” Agent or Agentless Remote Vulnerability Assessments and Quarantine: Checks for antivirus software, firewalls, operating systems, anti-spyware, registry and patch levels via schedule or on-demand – all without requiring admin rights on the client machine.
” Automatic Segmentation and Quarantine: Assigns users to network segments or quarantine based on identity, assessment results and enforcement policies.
” Automated or Assisted User Remediation: Eliminates core vulnerabilities while reducing the burden on IT staff.
” Enforcement at the Switch or Wireless Access Points (WAP): Integrates with any managed Layer 2 switch or WAP, and can automatically shut down conference room or WAP ports when needed.

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