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July 12, 2011

Demand for User and Device-Based Network Access Intelligence on Rise: Aberdeen Group

According to an analyst report from the Aberdeen (News - Alert) Group, the growing number of mobile users, diversity of endpoints, and expectations for always-on wireless access are driving the need for organizations to re-visit network access security initiatives.

Personally owned iPad, tablets, smartphones, and BYOD initiatives are changing the dynamics for access control.

The study, titled “What Your NAC Needs Now: Visibility, Integration and Control,” was shared by Avenda Systems, a provider of identity-based network access security and intelligence.

Important factors that have challenged organizations’ ability to maintain control include compliance and regulations, pressure to support personally-owned devices, the increasing complexity of the enterprise network environment, and the need for easy-to-use NAC solutions.

Around 44 percent of organizations surveyed view network complexity as an inhibitor. Almost half of all organizations find current access solutions complex. There are now 40 percent more endpoint devices than end-users.

“Between internal and external pressures from end-user expectations for access, the number of new endpoint devices, and the need to reduce complexity, this is an extremely challenging time for many IT organizations,” said Derek Brink, vice president and research fellow for IT Security, Aberdeen, in a statement.

“Organizations should use this opportunity to evaluate solutions to help them address the shortcomings of their current infrastructure and their need for visibility, such as Avenda's (News - Alert) identity-based NAC,” Brink added.

The increased use of wireless networks indicates a strong market for NAC solutions to offer visibility into the state of endpoints across network technologies -- firewalls, intrusion detection/prevention, and vulnerability scanners.

“Aberdeen's findings are extremely positive as we've focused on ease-of-use, interoperability, and providing the visibility to address these new external pressures, including those dealing with monitoring and securing access for BYOD initiatives,” said Trent Fierro, director of Marketing at Avenda.

Recently, Avenda has been recognized in the 6th annual Hot Companies and Best Products Awards program by Network Products Guide, a technology research and advisory guide.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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