This article is part of the September 2008 issue of Lessons learned from good and bad NAC implementations
Central Control Bring Unix, Linux and Mac under the Active Directory umbrella. Enterprises don't just run Windows machines. Critical servers and applications run on various flavors of Unix and Linux. You may have marketing people on Macs, and C-level executives carrying those trendy Mac laptops. And so you have Windows admins and *nix admins and, somehow, someone accounting for those Macs, all managed separately. At audit time, those responsible for each platform have to pull information from disparate systems and demonstrate consistent policies and controls. "Nobody is worrying if you're really secure, just about keeping the auditors happy, so you just print out a six-foot tall stack of docs," says Peter Giannacopoulos, CEO of security services company Myrmidon Networks. "It's a huge problem, essentially maintaining three separate sets of infrastructure to essentially do the same thing." One obvious answer is to leverage Active Directory across platforms. "You already use Windows on the desktop, and have Windows servers," says Tom Kemp, CEO of Centrify, ... Access >>>
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