LAS VEGAS -- Elemental Security, Inc., the award-winning pioneer of new technology in enterprise information security, today at Interop Las Vegas 2006 announced a new approach to network access control (NAC) for enterprises, one that integrates access controls with a broad policy and risk management framework. The Elemental Security Platform (ESP) is the only product today offering this functionality, due to its unified infrastructure tying in policy, configuration management, and inventory management with access controls. This unique solution is being publicly demonstrated this week in Elementals Booth No. 913 in the Security Zone on Interops show floor.
Managing access controls in large ever-changing networks continues to be a challenge. ESP provides a policy-based approach which is seamlessly integrated with access controls that are granular, adapt to observed change, and are continuously updated. Elementals policy and risk management product enables enterprises to continuously monitor machines configuration, inventory, activity, and policy compliance. With ESP, enterprises can now integrate the access controls necessary to protect key systems and information, satisfy their internal security objectives, and assure compliance with regulatory requirements. Additionally, ESP supports this unified policy infrastructure and access control capability across a wide array of operating systems, including Windows, Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, Mac OS X, and Linux. This assures that policy management and the implementation of access controls are pervasive throughout the network.
Elemental provides a complete network access solution, which ties in security policy management, configuration management, and inventory management into its network access control system, writes Robert Whiteley, senior analyst, in the June 2005 report Choosing The Right Network Quarantine Solution. As a standalone network access solution, it assesses managed and unmanaged devices, using its client-side agent to act as a policy firewall in controlling access. Elemental dynamically groups network resources, and role-based policies are automatically assigned as host group membership changes. If a noncompliant user is detected, then Elemental blocks that user at the client level.