Security: A Major Factor

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-09-24 Print this article Print

Security: A Major Factor

In addition to the new Sun infrastructure, the FAA also has taken measures to tighten security from all access points.

ForeScout Technologies, a network access control and policy management provider for large enterprises, was selected to supply a number of its CounterACT network appliances to the FAA's SAVES contract with GTSI.

CounterACT was approved as an agency standard by the FAA's Technology Control Board. FAA networks throughout the United States are now using CounterACT to improve network access.

ForeScout President Gord Boyce said CounterACT combines clientless network access control and malicious threat detection to ensure that connected (and, importantly, connecting) devices are in compliance with network security policies and are free of self-propagating threats.

CounterACT seamlessly integrates into any network environment without requiring costly upgrades or infrastructure changes, Boyce said. It also enables enterprises to tailor enforcement actions to match the level of policy violations, ensuring that user disruption occurs only when it is warranted or required by the IT staff, he added.

"The FAA did a nine-month deep dive to make sure our product met their requirements," Boyce said. "The meat of their business-side deployment is just now beginning. They expect to roll us out to the rest of their network over the next nine months."

Not only will CounterACT give the FAA the security to lock down their network, Boyce said, but it also will allow "understanding as to what's on their network, and the knowledge to know what their network looks like."

CounterACT can see any device that attempts to obtain an IP address, Boyce said. "One of our biggest differentiators in the market is the fact that we are clientless. We don't need to have any prior knowledge of a device as it connects to your network," he said.

"Whether that's an IP phone, an IP printer, a contractor that you've never seen before, a managed desktop or laptop-anything that wants to get an IP address, we're going to be able to identify and interrogate it, and do some sort of a policy enforcement on it."

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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