Symantec Network Access Control is a complete, end-to-end network access control solution that enables organizations to efficiently and securely control access to corporate networks through integration with existing network infrastructures. Regardless of how endpoints connect to the network, Symantec Network Access Control discovers and evaluates endpoint compliance status, provisions the appropriate network access, provides remediation capabilities, if needed, and continually monitors endpoints for changes in compliance status. The result is a network environment where corporations can realize significant reductions in security incidents and increased levels of compliance with corporate IT security policy. Symantec Network Access Control makes deploying and managing network access control an achievable and cost-effective goal.
Symantec Network Access Control 12.1 is a network security solution that controls access to corporate networks, enforces endpoint security policy and easily integrates with existing network infrastructures. Regardless of how endpoints connect to the network, Symantec's award-winning network security solution discovers and evaluates endpoint compliance status, provisions the appropriate network access and provides automated remediation capabilities.
Symantec Network Access Control process
Symantec Network Access Control is a process - one that mandates coverage for all types of endpoints and all types of networks. It begins prior to connection to the network and continues throughout the duration of the connection. As with all corporate processes, policy serves as the basis for evaluations and actions.
Pervasive endpoint coverage
Networks are composed of legacy corporate systems, contractor systems, guest systems, public kiosks, business partners, and any number of other unknown systems. Administrators often have little or no control over the management of many of these endpoints, yet are charged with keeping the network secure and available. Symantec Network Access Control makes it possible for organizations to apply the network access control process to devices - managed or unmanaged, legacy or new, known or unknown.
Deployable in any network
The typical corporate user connects to the network via multiple access methods; therefore, administrators must have the flexibility to apply evaluation and connection controls consistently, regardless of the connection type. As one of the most mature network access control solutions on the market today, Symantec Network Access Control allows network administrators to actively enforce compliance through existing investments in network infrastructure with no required network equipment upgrades.
Centralized policy management and reporting
Paramount to the efficient operation of any solution is an enterprise-class management console. The Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager provides a Java technology-based console to centrally create, deploy, manage, and report agent and Enforcer activity. Scalable to fit the most demanding environments in the world, the policy manager provides granular control to all administrative tasks in high-availability architecture.
Network access control protects the network from malicious code and from unknown or unauthorized endpoints, but it also verifies that endpoints connecting to the network are configured properly so they are protected from online attacks. Regardless of the goal, the process begins with evaluating the endpoint. While checking for antivirus, antispyware, and installed patches are several of the common minimum requirements for allowing network access, most organizations quickly expand well beyond these minimums after the initial network access control deployment.
The evolution of each organization's network environment is unique, and as a result, no single enforcement method has the ability to effectively control access to all points on the network. Network access control solutions must be flexible enough to easily integrate multiple enforcement methods into the existing environment without increasing management and maintenance overhead. Symantec Network Access Control allows you to select the most appropriate enforcement method for different parts of your network without increasing operational complexity or cost. Network-based enforcement options are available in the form of an appliance or plug-in.
- Helps ensures endpoint compliance with security policies
- Regulates and protects guest access to the network
- Reduces risk of botnets, advanced persistent threats and other malware
- Greater network availability and reduced disruption of services for end-users
- Reduced propagation of malicious code such as viruses, worms, spyware, and other forms of crimeware
- Lowered risk profile through increased control of unmanaged and managed endpoints accessing the corporate network
- Greater network availability and reduced disruption of services for end users
- Verifiable organizational compliance information through real-time endpoint compliance data
- Minimized total cost of ownership as a result of an enterprise-class, centralized management architecture
- Verification that endpoint security investments such as antivirus and client firewalls are properly enabled
- Seamless integration with Symantec endpoint protection