Network access control key to security for dispersed company networks

Distributor Wick Hill Group to sell macmon secure NAC solution from leading German network access control vendor macmon, which is aiming to break into the UK market

Network access control key to security for dispersed company networks

Mobility, convergence, 802.11ac wireless standards, BYOD, and increased access to WLANs all represent a major wave of change sweeping across company networks. This has led to both a loss of visibility and a loss of management, where network access is concerned, according to distributor Wick Hill Group.

Alongside this, the threat or likelihood of unauthorised network access has increased considerably - recently, there were over 300 million password breaches on Ebay, Adobe and Home Depot alone. And the same passwords are consistently being used for personal, social media and business access, creating huge business risks.

Organisations are also under growing pressure to not only be secure and compliant, but also to prove it. Most organisations, even B2B, now need to have some form of PCI compliance, as a minimum. Today, more than ever, organisations need both visibility into what is happening on their networks and multi-layered access control, Wick Hill warns.

The latest NAC solution in the UK market, from German vendor macmon secure, is designed specifically to provide both these functions. It enables companies to secure, track, report on, and control all network device access activity, as well as protecting networks from unauthorised or unsafe devices, and from internal attacks, regardless of whether on the LAN or WLAN.

macmon secure is available as a software appliance or as a physical appliance.
macmon also has the attractive cost/benefit of energy reduction, as it can turn devices on and off. With large numbers of desktop devices left on 24x7,  but often typically used for less than ten hours a day, significant potential energy-savings are available, which can potentially pay for the benefits of NAC.

Ian Kilpatrick, chairman of Wick Hill Group, which has just been appointed sole UK distributor for macmon secure, commented: “Network access control has made a major resurgence and macmon’s new generation solution gives organisations the tools to both secure and innovate their environment.

“With wireless and mobility impacting all parts of business, NAC is a fundamental requirement for management and compliance. We have been very successful in Germany with macmon and are delighted to have the opportunity to replicate that success in the UK.”  

Christian Buecker, managing director of macmon, said: “NAC has a unique advantage for company networks. It is a central authority, with the power to make decisions about all access requests and the ability to disconnect hazardous systems, where necessary.  

“We have dealt effectively with the challenge of providing secure access control in Germany, where we have become a market leader. I am absolutely sure that companies in the UK are facing the same sorts of access control challenges and we aim to replicate our success in the UK.
“There has been a lot of distrust in the market with regard to NAC, because solutions from other vendors have failed to resolve access security issues in the past. However, with macmon NAC Smartly Simple, we have proven that NAC really works. Moreover, the macmon solution is the fastest and easiest to implement on the market, with a unique network-side approach that provides network management functionality not offered by our competitors.

“Wick Hill was the only choice for us as a distributor, based on our successful partnership in Germany, where we work together extremely well. We appreciate their excellent value added services. With Wick Hill, we have a partner that really knows the UK market and offers the support the local channel and end users need,” concluded Buecker.

macmon secure solutions
macmon NAC is the fastest and easiest to implement NAC solution on the market, the company claims. It protects the network from unauthorised or unsafe devices, and from internal attacks, regardless of whether on the LAN or WLAN, providing centralised control. It is available as a software appliance or as a physical appliance.

With today’s fragmented networks, encompassing BYOD, wireless, smartphones, computerised machinery and other devices, macmon intelligent modular solutions provide the ability to communicate with all manageable switches, giving a complete overview of all devices on the LAN and WLAN.  

macmon is vendor independent, so ideal for heterogeneous networks, with a mix of equipment. The solution is both very easy and very fast to implement, offering immediate network transparency, without necessarily changing the existing network infrastructure and without high investment.

macmon provides for tasks ranging from authentication, through MAC addresses, AD-accounts, certificate-based solutions in accordance with IEEE802.1X, to the implementation of security concepts of the Trusted Computing Group. Benefits of macmon include:

•    Instantaneous total network overview
•    Simple to implement and use
•    Smart integration with other leading security products
•    Operates in a multi-vendor heterogeneous environment and supports 802.11X
•    Interactive graphical topology
•    Intelligent guest management for LAN and WAN
•    Smart management of BYOD situations
•    Security made in Germany
•    Security, simplicity and transparency - with a single, central system.

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