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Portnox Competes in 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program

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Digital transformation, mobile workers, unmanaged devices including IoT, and cloud-based applications are causing complex network security and access control challenges that place corporate assets and data at risk. Portnox CLEAR, a new competitor to the Annual ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, is the first cloud-delivered Network Access Control (NAC) solution delivered as a cloud service that controls access using continuous risk-scoring of each endpoint; including mobile, BYOD and IoT, connecting from anywhere in the world.

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Portnox Sphere MSP/MSSP Channel Program Enables Partners to Deliver NAC-as-a-Service

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Cloud-Delivered Network Access Control and Enhanced Wireless Controls Create New Revenue Streams for Service Providers and Makes NAC Accessible to Midsize Enterprises

 

NEW YORK, March 28, 2019 – Portnox, a leading provider of network access control, visibility and device risk management solutions, today announced a global partner program tailored to the needs of managed service providers (MSPs) and managed security service providers (MSSPs). The Portnox Sphere MSP/MSSP Program enables partners to deliver network access control (NAC) as a service from the cloud, without making any hardware or software investments.

According to MarketsandMarkets™, the global Managed Security Services market size was worth USD 20.81 Billion in 2017 and is expected to reach USD 47.65 Billion by 2023, growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 14.7% during the forecast period.

“Midsize enterprises are choosing Portnox because our technology can be deployed on-premise or as a cloud service, support any device from all access layers and eliminate the management complexity of other network access control products,” said Ofer Amitai, CEO and Co-Founder of Portnox. “We expect to extend our market lead in 2019 as more managed service providers adopt our cloud-delivered CLEAR product to offer NAC-as-a-Service.”

Using Portnox CLEAR, MSPs/MSSPs can centrally deploy, provision and manage NAC services to provide their end customers with complete visibility and control over all devices connecting to wired, wireless and VPN networks, including BYOD and Internet of Things (IoT) systems. Until now, the cost, complexity and ongoing management overhead of traditional NAC solutions has prevented many midsize organizations from deploying this foundational network security technology.

The Sphere MSP/MSSP Partner Program now makes it possible for organizations with limited IT resources to acquire NAC as a subscription service from qualified and trusted providers they may already be working with.

“today’s world is about mobility and cloud-centric work environments.  Often, WiFi is vehicle for these connections.  Our customers are battling to keep up with the growing number of on-premise and remote devices they are required to maintain and manage.  To that end, network access control has become the gotta-have technology for these customers,” said Niccolo Alicandri, CBO for CipherTechs. “The Portnox CLEAR technology enables our clients to enforce NAC from the cloud to businesses anywhere in the US.”

“Since employees access corporate data from managed and unmanaged devices, network access control has become top-of-mind many of our partners,” said Nathan Heintzeman, Business Analyst for Symplexity. “Portnox CLEAR minimizes the complexity of NAC, while providing in-depth security, visibility and device risk management.”

The Portnox MSP/MSSP Program includes the following elements to create a profitable recurring revenue stream for managed service providers:

  • Lower administrative overhead with flexible payment options that remove up-front costs of annual contracts. With SaaS pay-as-you-go subscriptions, users only pay for what they need
  • Single pane of glass to manage all customers via a unified management portal. The management portal enables single-sign-on, customization and configuration for each MSP customer
  • Unique MSP pricing model – discounts are based on the total amount of devices under management (not per organization under management) as well as an additional MSP partnership level discount
  • Tailored security stacks: provide the ability to customize security integrations to implement unique solution stacks based on customer and partner requirements. A documented RESTful API is available for MSPs
  • Sales tools and dedicated marketing support
  • Dedicated customer support resources for partners

More information on becoming a Portnox MSP/MSSP partner is available here.

About Portnox

Portnox provides simple to deploy, operate and maintain network access control, security and visibility solutions. Portnox software can be deployed on-premises, as a cloud-delivered service, or in hybrid mode. It is agentless and vendor agnostic, allowing organizations to maximize their existing network and cybersecurity investments. Hundreds of enterprises around the world rely on Portnox for network visibility, cybersecurity policy enforcement and regulatory compliance. The company has been recognized for its innovations by Info Security Products Guide, Cyber Security Excellence Awards, IoT Innovator Awards, Computing Security Awards, Best of Interop ITX and Cyber Defense Magazine. Portnox has offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia. For information visit https://www.portnox.com/, and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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How NAC and CIS Controls Go Hand-in-Hand

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To help organizations select and implement a set of cyber defense best practices that will protect against today’s most pervasive and dangerous threats, the Center for Internet Security (CIS) devised a list of 20 controls. A principal benefit of the CIS Controls is their ability to prioritize and focus on a smaller number of actions with high pay-off results.

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Is IoT security being regulated?

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The Internet of Things is quickly becoming the next frontier of technological innovation, but IoT devices are inherently vulnerable.
Are we doing enough in terms of regulation in order to keep our data safe?
Government authorities need to take the first steps towards IoT security, and they need to start now.

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Portnox Wins 2019 Infosec Award at RSA Conference

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Cloud-Delivered Portnox CLEAR Named Best Network Access Control Solution by Cyber Defense Magazine

SAN FRANCISCO, RSA CONFERENCE, March 4, 2019 – Portnox, a leading provider of network access control, visibility and device risk management solutions, today announced that Portnox CLEAR, its cloud-delivered NAC product, was named Best Network Access Control (NAC) Solution in Cyber Defense Magazine’s 2019 InfoSec Awards. Winners were announced today at the RSA Conference in San Francisco and are featured in the 7th annual print edition of Cyber Defense Magazine distributed at the show.

Portnox will demonstrate Portnox CLEAR at the RSA Conference 2019 at Booth #5366 in the North Expo at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from March 5-7.

“Portnox was selected from over 3,000 security companies around the world to be named Best NAC Solution at this year’s RSA Conference,” said Pierluigi Paganini, Editor-in-Chief, Cyber Defense Magazine. “Portnox CLEAR’s NAC-as-a-Service approach that provides small to medium sized or resource constrained enterprises with a simplified, centralized, and secure way to risk-score and connect any device from anywhere in the world from the cloud, without hardware, software or specialized expertise, is highly innovative.”

“Winning the the Best NAC Solution award from Cyber Defense Magazine provides further evidence that Portnox CLEAR is the leading cloud-delivered NAC solution on the market,” said Ofer Amitai, CEO and Co-Founder of Portnox. “We are addressing an unmet need for a simpler approach to NAC that is easy to deploy, operate and manage, which explains why our revenues grew 250% and we doubled our SaaS user base in 2018.”

Portnox CLEAR is the first cloud-delivered NAC-as-a-cloud-service solution that controls access using continuous risk-scoring of each endpoint; including mobile, BYOD and IoT, connecting from anywhere in the world. It is purpose-built to simplify the complexities associated with implementing NAC, while ensuring organizations have the necessary network visibility and access control mechanisms to protect against non-compliant and rogue devices that can introduce security risks.

 

About Cyber Defense Magazine

With over 1.4 Million annual readers and growing, and over 7,000 pages of searchable online infosec content, Cyber Defense Magazine is the premier source of IT Security information. We are managed and published by and for ethical, honest, passionate information security professionals. Our mission is to share cutting-edge knowledge, real-world stories and awards on the best ideas, products and services in the information technology industry. We deliver electronic magazines every month online for free, and limited print editions exclusively for the RSA conferences and our paid subscribers. CDM is a proud member of the Cyber Defense Media Group. Learn more about us at http://www.cyberdefensemagazine.com and visit http://www.cyberdefensetv.com and http://www.cyberdefenseradio.com to see and hear some of the most informative interviews of many of these winning company executives. Follow on Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

About Portnox

Portnox provides simple to deploy, operate and maintain network access control, security and visibility solutions. Portnox software can be deployed on-premises, as a cloud-delivered service, or in hybrid mode. It is agentless and vendor agnostic, allowing organizations to maximize their existing network and cybersecurity investments. Hundreds of enterprises around the world rely on Portnox for network visibility, cybersecurity policy enforcement and regulatory compliance. The company has been recognized for its innovations by Info Security Products Guide, Cyber Security Excellence Awards, IoT Innovator Awards, Computing Security Awards, Best of Interop ITX and Cyber Defense Magazine. Portnox has offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia. For information visit https://www.portnox.com/, and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Portnox Reports 2018 Business Results

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SaaS Revenues Increased More than 250% as Midsize Enterprises and Managed Service Providers Flocked to Cloud Delivered Network Access Control Solution 

New York, Feb.27, 2019 – Portnox, a leading provider of network access control, visibility and device risk management solutions, today announced it achieved record business results in 2018 due to accelerating demand for Portnox CLEAR, its cloud-delivered NAC product, among midsize organizations and managed service providers. The company boosted SaaS revenues by more than 250% year over year, doubled customer acquisition in key verticals and expanded its global footprint through strategic MSP and channel partnerships.

Portnox will demonstrate Portnox CLEAR at RSA Conference 2019 Booth #5366 in the North Expo at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from March 5-7.

Portnox was also named the leader for NAC products among midsize to large organizations with a 22% market share by global research firm Frost & Sullivan in the recent “NAC Market, Global Forecast to 2022. According to the report, NAC revenues are expected to grow from 2017 to 2022 at a 16.9% CAGR, reaching $2.1 billion.

In 2018, the company was recognized for its technology innovations by Info Security Product Guide Excellence Awards, Cyber Defense Magazine InfoSec Awards, Cybersecurity Excellence Awards and the SC Magazine SC Awards.

“There is a large, untapped need among organizations, especially mid-size enterprises, for a simpler approach to network access control that is easy to deploy, operate and manage like our cloud-delivered Portnox CLEAR solution,” said Ofer Amitai, CEO and Co-Founder of Portnox. “We experienced a major spike in revenues last year as end customers turned to our channel partners and MSPs to implement Portnox CLEAR for its ability to eliminate the complexity of deploying and managing NAC in distributed environments.”

Portnox 2018 Highlights

  • Increased SaaS revenues 250% year over year
  • Doubled SaaS customer base
  • Appointed Tomer Shemer-Buchbut Vice President of Products
  • Extended business partnership with Microsoft with availability of Portnox CLEAR on Microsoft Azure Marketplace and MS AppSource
  • Introduced Portnox CLEAR app for the Palo Alto Networks® Application Framework
  • Launched Portnox Sphere Global Partner Program
  • Expanded global footprint through partnerships with managed service providers in the US

About Portnox

Portnox provides simple to deploy, operate and maintain network access control, security and visibility solutions. Portnox software can be deployed on-premises, as a cloud-delivered service, or in hybrid mode. It is agentless and vendor agnostic, allowing organizations to maximize their existing network and cybersecurity investments. Hundreds of enterprises around the world rely on Portnox for network visibility, cybersecurity policy enforcement and regulatory compliance. The company has been recognized for its innovations by Info Security Products Guide, Cyber Security Excellence Awards, IoT Innovator Awards, Computing Security Awards, Best of Interop ITX and Cyber Defense Magazine. Portnox has offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia. For information visit https://www.portnox.com/, and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Portnox CLEAR Achieves SOC 2 Type II Certification

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Cloud-Delivered Network Access Control Platform Meets Highest Standards for Security, Availability, Data Privacy, Confidentiality and Systems Integrity

NEW YORK, Feb. 20, 2019 – Portnox, a leading provider of network access control, visibility and device risk management solutions, today announced it has received a System and Organization Controls (SOC) 2 Type II certification for its Portnox CLEAR NAC-as-a-Service platform. An audit conducted by BDO confirmed that Portnox CLEAR met Trust Services Criteria established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) with zero exceptions listed.

This SOC 2 certification report validates the security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality and privacy controls in Portnox CLEAR.

“Portnox CLEAR provides network discovery and network access control technology delivered from the cloud that is simple to deploy, operate and maintain for any size organization,” said Idan Kuperman, COO of Portnox. “Achieving SOC 2 Type II certification provides our customers and MSP/MSSP partners the confidence and assurance of knowing that Portnox CLEAR meets and exceeds the highest standards for security and trust controls in the industry.”

The SOC 2 Type II Audit of Portnox CLEAR ran from January 1 to November 30, 2018 and evaluated and affirmed the effectiveness of the platform’s controls across the Trust Services Criteria of the AICPA:

  • Security: Portnox CLEAR has controls in place to protect against unauthorized access (both physical and logical).
  • Availability: Portnox CLEAR is available for operation and use as committed or agreed.
  • Processing Integrity: Portnox CLEAR’s processing is complete, accurate, timely and authorized.
  • Confidentiality: Information designated as “confidential” is protected in Portnox CLEAR.
  • Privacy: Portnox CLEAR protects the privacy of personal information collected, retained, used, disclosed and disposed of for user entities.

For more information on SOC 2 Type II certification, visit:

https://www.aicpa.org/interestareas/frc/assuranceadvisoryservices/sorhome.html.

About Portnox

Portnox provides simple to deploy, operate and maintain network access control, security and visibility solutions. Portnox software can be deployed on-premises, as a cloud-delivered service, or in hybrid mode. It is agentless and vendor agnostic, allowing organizations to maximize their existing network and cybersecurity investments. Hundreds of enterprises around the world rely on Portnox for network visibility, cybersecurity policy enforcement and regulatory compliance. The company has been recognized for its innovations by Info Security Products Guide, Cyber Security Excellence Awards, IoT Innovator Awards, Computing Security Awards, Best of Interop ITX and Cyber Defense Magazine. Portnox has offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia. For information visit https://www.portnox.com/, and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

NAC is dead? The Resurrection of NAC

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Some argue that NAC (Network Access Control) is no longer relevant in today’s world of the mobile workforce and distributed (or decentralized) organizations that have moved to using cloud applications for the most part. Adding the fact that many organizations are allowing personal devices to be used in the corporate environment (BYOD) and the fact that IoT devices are used everywhere, some might consider this to be further evidence to the conclusion that NAC is no longer relevant or needed.

In 2004 the first NAC products came on the scene and signaled the start of a new segment in Information Security. At the time, most organizations still had a physical perimeter, desktops were still the main PC to be used at the workplace and laptops were starting to make a wide appearance. BYOD (bring your own device), IoT (Internet of Things) and multi-branch, geo-distributed organizations that rely heavily on cloud services were not prevalent yet. Accordingly, the standards for NAC were very different from what they are today and mainly focused on the wired environment. NAC solutions were then primarily based on using 802.1x pre-connect enforcement with supplicants which were not part of the operating system. Organizations trying to implement NAC solutions only had the option of deploying 802.1x – which ended up with long, complex deployment and implementation, leaving them with a bad taste for NAC.

Over the past 20 years, NAC technologies have evolved exponentially. Vendors introduced control and discovery techniques that have yielded better and faster deployments and ROI. Just as the enterprise network and endpoints have evolved, NAC solutions have evolved from merely allowing or blocking endpoints onto the network into a broader security solution that provides network visibility, endpoint profiling, security posture assessments, risk management and compliance.

Additionally, some solutions have scaled to suit the modern workforce, heterogeneous networks, hybrid cloud and on-prem environments, diverse endpoint environments (such as IoT and BYOD) and globally distributed organizations. This increase in number of devices connecting to the network and change of working environments   has been our reality for the past 10 years and has evoked a new NAC. Hence, the resurrection of NAC continues to be upon us.

Future of NAC
At this point in 2019, over 60% of enterprise data is stored in cloud applications (public cloud, private cloud and a hybrid of both). By 2020, just a year from now, it is predicted that 83% of enterprise workloads will be taking place in the cloud (1). According to IDG, 77% of enterprises have at least one application or a portion of their enterprise computing infrastructure in the cloud. Additionally, more technology-dependent industries including manufacturing, high-tech, and telecom are being led by executive management to become 100% cloud-based. Therefore, it is crucial to make sure that only company owned and secured devices gain access to corporate intelectual property and information in the inner most circles of the enterprise. According to Gartner research , by 2023 80% of enterprises will adopt two or more cloud-based security services. This is no coinsidence. The complexities in the cyber security landscape alongside the increasing shortage in skilled security professionals is leading towards a greater adoption of cloud-based security services and specifically to the adoption of NAC as-a-Service.

Another factor in future solutions is related to increaseing IoT adoption by enterprises and factories. Visibility and monitoring of IoT must be done by an agentless solution. We believe that having agentless solutions that are centrally controlled will be preferred by many organizations in 2019 and the years to come.

Lighter, adaptable and agile solutions will be necessary in the new era. Enterprises will transition into using easier NAC solutions such as centralized NAC, agentless NAC, NAC delivered from the cloud and Software-as-a-Service. These NAC solutions will save time and money on deployment, training and implementation, while at the same time providing the visibility and accuracy needed to handle today’s complex and hybrid networks. Next-gen solutions are able to cope fully with today’s decentralized organizations and the old NAC configurations will no longer suffice as they are perimeter focused.

 

Conclusion

NAC was effective for the problem it was created to solve in the mid-2000s, but subsequent technological advancements in cloud applications and the mass-adoption of mobile computing devices by the mobile workforce, and IoT have introduced new complexities and challenges. The new computing model requires new cyber security solutions, and the new, NAC technologies are uniquely positioned to be among them. Cloud-native solutions will address concerns of lengthy deployments and geo-distribution. Agentless and centralized solutions will shorten and simplify implementations and everyday usage that were once the dread of CISOs and IT security teams in the enterprise.

 

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You can see the ease of use and the benefits of cloud-delivered NAC by starting your own a free trial of CLEAR (Cloud-delivered solution) today.

Read the following to learn more about the NAC as-a-Service solutions, and how they simplify cloud access control.

You can also schedule a demo for CORE (on-premises solution) and learn more about agentless and centralized NAC as well as regulatory compliance.


  1. LogicMonitor’s Cloud Vision 2020: The Future of the Cloud Study
  2. The State of Network Security in the Cloud Era, Lawrence Orans, 2018 Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit.
  3. 2.9 million according to (ISC)2