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January 23, 2013

ForeScout CounterACT to Secure OSN Network Following New Deal

A major provider of network security solutions, ForeScout Technologies, Inc., announced yesterday that it would be partnering with the largest pay TV operator in the Middle East and North Africa, OSN, to provide real-time control of all devices on the corporation’s network. According to Reuters, the network access control (NAC) established by ForeScout CounterACT will ensure that the OSN’s network is bring your own device-ready (BYOD), going forward, allowing great mobility and more streamlined user experience.

IT manager for OSN, Ronald D’sa, explained that while they required full control and visibility of both wired and wireless guest and contractor devices, maintaining productivity within those groups and systems was just as important. CounterACT’s product provides such a service, and the seamless manner in which it is integrated ensures real-time, flawless security.

Up until this partnership, OSN relied more heavily on manual controlling of network access and endpoint compliance, which they say was both time-consuming and inefficient. In response to this, CounterACT automated a number of these processes and ended up making up to $36,000 in savings for the TV operator. ForeScout’s NAC product requires far fewer man-hours and general resources to manage, as a result of this automation, which they say has already led to far quicker roll-out times for security solution.

Security and network management company, Nanjgel Solutions, also implemented a successful proof-of-concept across OSN's network environment. This implementation incorporated Juniper, Cisco Foundry and Brocade infrastructure components – sophistication which was purportedly required, as a result of the network’s complex composition. Following this proof-of-concept, Nanjgel then went live with a full implementation of CounterACT in January.

ForeScout sales director for Europe, the Middle East and Asia, John Hagerty, urged other organizations across his jurisdiction to test CounterACT’s versatility and effectiveness for themselves, on the basis of it consistently surpassing customer expectations. He also added that while the product not only provides complete network visibility, CounterACT also delivers continuous security posture-checking, endpoint compliance and protection from even the most persistent threats through their ActiveResponse technology.

Edited by Ashley Caputo

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