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September 2011

Best network access control products 2011

gold winner Cisco NAC appliance Cisco Systems The process of deploying network access control (NAC) can be arduous, particularly considering the complexity of today’s networks and the sheer number of devices connecting to them. Thus, when a company undertakes a NAC implementation, it's important to know the software will be around long enough to justify the up-front expense, will have a sufficient number of policies to scan for many potential security flaws, and will actually enforce the policies it puts in place. This year's gold medal winner  -- Cisco's NAC Appliance -- scored highly across the board, with a few areas where it received particularly high marks. Scalability was one of the categories in which the tool was most highly rated, with over two-thirds of respondents giving the product a score of four or five (on a scale of 1 to 5); this bodes well for enterprises looking to grow or expand their NAC coverage over time. Cisco's NAC product also scored highly for the range of policy checks it can ...

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