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Network access control adoption is growing--an Infonetics report earlier this year reported 16 percent growth over Q1 2007. But even in a consolidating market, choosing the best technology for your organization is no simple matter.
Verizon Business has announced dedicated professional services to NAC, but a managed service is another matter.
"There are too many options; it's too complicated, it's too deep, it's too broad," says Omar Khawaja, Verizon manager of security solutions marketing. "NAC is more about integration, what a NAC solution has to complement, and less about installation."
The exception is Cisco's NAC appliance, offered as a managed service.
Services are vendor neutral, supporting most of the leading NAC solutions. Depending on the engagement, Verizon will start with an assessment and develop a strategic plan for its customers before implementation.
"The problem is customers not even knowing what NAC can do for their particular environment," says Khawaja. "Do they want to use NAC for guest access, for wireless access or for remote access, unmanaged device access, or for corporate LAN access?"
This was first published in October 2008