No network security topic is hotter these days than network access control (NAC).
The general concept behind NAC is to secure the network by giving it the power to decide which endpoints devices to let in, namely those that are compliant with all relevant security policies, and which ones to leave out. A number of the major networking and IT vendors, including Cisco and Microsoft, have already introduced NAC products of their own and many more are sure to come.
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NAC, VPNs and behavior analysis in the Interop spotlight (Sept. 20, 2006)
Cisco, Microsoft unveil NAC/NAP interoperability (Sept. 6, 2006)
Microsoft and Cisco ready to demo NAP/NAC (Aug. 24, 2006)
Cisco appliance gives users a taste of NAC (July 19, 2006)
Cisco's NAC play: Good for users, or just for Cisco's bottom line? (July 19, 2006)
NAC helps aerospace firm's network blast off (July 5, 2006)
NAC boosts security for Sun Microsystems (June 20, 2006)
NAC, IDS cure medical school's security woes (May 9, 2006)
Flood of NAC products toughens security decisions (Feb. 15 2006)
Tick, tick, boom: NAC market ready to explode (Jan. 26, 2006)
Firm has NAC for network protection (Jan. 24, 2006)
Advancement to Cisco's NAC framework boosts security in LAN, wireless space (Oct. 18, 2005 )
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This was last published in October 2006
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