ForeScout Upgrades CounterACT NAC Platform

ForeScout's enhanced CounterACT NAC platform can now scale to cover up to 400,000 endpoints from a single management console. It also offers other network management and security features that ForeScout officials say give IT administrators greater visibility into and control over network-user behavior while reducing the time and cost spent preventing threats in the network. ForeScout will demo the new features at the RSA Conference in San Francisco April 20-24.

ForeScout is upgrading its CounterACT NAC (network access control) platform, enabling it to scale in line with data center technologies.

ForeScout officials said CounterACT can now cover up to 400,000 endpoints from a single management console. The company announced the enhancements April 14 and will demo the new capabilities during the RSA Conference April 20-24 in San Francisco.

"Our latest CounterACT addresses customers' demands for an enterprise management solution that scales with today's IT growth, gives greater visibility into business risks and network-user behavior, and reduces the cost and time spent in preventing threats," ForeScout CTO Oded Comay said in a statement.

Comay said the focus of many of the enhancements to the company's NAC platform were around greater automation key IT functions.

The Executive Dashboard enables IT administrators to give company executives an easy-to-understand view of complex compliance and trending information, and to filter the data through myriad predefined policies. In addition, ForeScout's Guest Security Suite makes it easier to manage guest access to the network with applications for handling registration and authentication, post-connect monitoring and reporting.

The Enterprise Management Control Suite enables the platform to scale to 400,000 endpoints, enabling IT administrators to manage user network activity on a global basis from a single control console, officials said. ForeScout has added more granular permission controls, which lets IT managers further limit who can view and control the local network.

The platform also includes the Preventative Security Suite for threat prevention, and integration of McAfee ePO to detect and control network hosts. Port-level access control also enables IT administrators to quarantine a threat before a network connection is made, officials said.