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The Forrester Wave™: Network Access Control, Q2 2011

ForeScout, Juniper, And Bradford Networks Outdistance The Pack, But Cisco, McAfee, And Enterasys Are Close Behind

June 15, 2011

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Why Read This Report

In Forrester's 72-criteria evaluation of network access control (NAC) vendors, we found few notable points of differentiation between vendor offerings. Thus we have a tight clustering of vendors — all with mature products. ForeScout Technologies, Juniper Networks, Bradford Networks, Cisco Systems, McAfee, and Enterasys all came out as Leaders. Longer-term, Forrester expects the market for standalone NAC solutions to disappear in favor of functionality embedded into diverse security products, such as antimalware, firewalls, host AV, intrusion prevention, and domain controllers. In the short term, if your security requirements necessitate the deployment of a standalone solution, you should consider the vendor's entire product portfolio and ease of deployment as top considerations. Ultimately, your NAC purchase must be done in conjunction with endpoint security or as an extension to existing network infrastructure.

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  • Evaluated Vendors: Product Information And Selection Criteria
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Table of Contents

  • NAC Provides Device Access Control And Visibility
  • NAC Evaluation Overview
  • Most NAC Vendors Now Offer Comprehensive Solutions
  • Vendor Profiles
  • Supplemental Material
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