Cisco NAC Appliance (formerly Cisco Clean Access) is an easily deployed Network Admission Control (NAC) product that allows network administrators to authenticate, authorize, evaluate, and remediate wired, wireless, and remote users and their machines prior to allowing users onto the network. It identifies whether networked devices such as laptops, desktops, and other corporate assets are compliant with a network's security policies, and it repairs any vulnerabilities before permitting access to the network.
Cisco NAC Appliance is an end-to-end network registration and enforcement solution that allows network administrators to authenticate, authorize, evaluate, and remediate users and their machines prior to allowing users onto the network.
Authentication integration with single sign-on
Cisco NAC Appliance serves as an authentication proxy for most forms of authentication, natively integrating with Kerberos, Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), RADIUS, Active Directory, S/Ident, and others. To minimize the inconvenience to end users, Cisco NAC Appliance supports single sign-on for VPN clients, wireless clients, and Windows Active Directory domains. Administrators can maintain multiple user profiles with different permission levels through the use of roles-based access control.
Cisco NAC Appliance supports scanning of all Windows, Mac OS, and Linux-based operating systems and machines, as well as non-PC networked devices such as game consoles, PDAs, printers, and IP phones. It conducts network-based scans or can use custom-built scans as required. Cisco NAC Appliance can check for any application as identified by registry key settings, services running, or system files.
Cisco NAC Appliance can place noncompliant machines into quarantine, which prevents the spread of infection while enabling the machines to maintain access to remediation resources. Quarantine can be accomplished by using subnets as small as /30, or by using quarantine VLAN.
Automatic security policy updates
Automatic security policy updates that are part of Cisco's standard software maintenance package provide predefined policies for the most common network access criteria, including policies that check for critical operating system updates, common antivirus software virus definition updates, and common antispyware definition updates. This eases the management cost on network administrators, who can rely on the Cisco NAC Appliance to constantly maintain updated policies.
The Cisco NAC Appliance Web-based management console allows administrators to define the types of scans required for each role, as well as the related remediation packages necessary for recovery. One management console can manage multiple servers.
Remediation and repair
Quarantining gives devices access to remediation servers that can provide operating system patches and updates, virus definition files, or endpoint security solutions such as Cisco Security Agent. Administrators can enable automated remediation through the optional agent, or specify a series of remediation instructions.
Flexible deployment modes
Cisco NAC Appliance offers the broadest array of deployment modes to fit into any customer network. Customers can deploy the product as a virtual or real IP gateway, at the edge or centrally, with Layer 2 or Layer 3 client access, and in-band or out-of-band with network traffic.