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Setting Up Hives

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A hive is a group of network entities and components such as switches and access points. Hives are used for the graphical, hierarchical and geographical representation of an organization.
A hive can be used for setting user permissions (i.e. Allowing the branch IT manager to only see his own branch network environment without visibility of other branches) and for setting up policies per each location.
Watch this video to learn more about setting up hives and hive-policies:

Defining Reactions – Enforcement Actions

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Defining response actions is a very important step in securing the company network. Here the security administrators will determine which specific actions will be taken for each type of event.

“Events” includes different scenarios, such as a rogue device connecting to the network, non-compliant devices connecting or an authenticated device connecting via an unusual access layer.

The response actions can be set to blocking a device from connecting to the network, quarantine or segmenting to a specified part or running a script on a suspicious device.

Please watch the following video to learn how to set up automated response actions:

Dynamic Port Configuration

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CORE has a built-in capability to discover and define port properties automatically, thus eliminating unnecessary manual labor. The most common reason for editing default rules is to adjust the uplink identification rule if the default settings do not identify your uplink ports automatically.

The administrator has control to set any of the following properties:

  • Uplink – defines if a port is connected to other switches.
  • Rex – sets special ports that will be skipped by CORE enforcement and will never be blocked.
  • Hub – categorizes a port as an authorized hub port.
  • Display – determines whether to display the ports in CORE’s UX, or to remove them completely.
  • Automatic Acknowledge – any device that connects to an “automatic acknowledge” port will be whitelisted by its MAC address.

Watch this video for more details on how to set dynamic port configurations:

Creating a New Compliance Product – Advanced

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CORE offers great flexibility and allows you, the administrator, to insert and define new types of products to profile. Each new product will have three categories of checks:
1) Installation checks – is the product installed?
2) Running Checks – is the product running?
3) Updated Check – is the product updated?
In each category you have the option to define different checks such as registry key or data, process running / not running, Windows service state (exists/started), files date or hash, hotfixes missing and more.
Watch this video to see the steps for setting up new products for profiling:

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Portnox Named Network Access Control Market Leader for Midsize to Large Organizations by Frost & Sullivan

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“Easy NAC”… Easier said than done?

As you know, the enterprise network no longer sits within traditional and secured walls in offices. The enterprise intellectual property, data bases, workflows and communications have been moving in a perimeter-less environment for a while now, extending to any place where employees and data travel. Mobility, digitization, and IoT have changed the way we live and work, resulting in ever expanding networks and increasing complexities in resource management and disparate security solutions.

The fact that organizations are decentralizing has made it more important than ever to have solid network security and controls for every endpoint, no matter which access layer is being used to connect with the network. For this reason, having centralized and software-based network access controls (NAC) are more important than ever. No matter where your employees are connecting from and through which devices, no matter which contractors or guests are requesting access; IT security teams can now offer smooth continuity of workflows and productivity while maintaining full visibility and implementing security-controls on any endpoint accessing the enterprise network.

Simplicity.

Over here at Portnox, we must take all of the latest changes to the network into consideration as we continue to innovate and craft our solutions. It helps that the main focus point at Portnox has always been to deliver a simple experience to the end-user as well as the IT administrator. Portnox solutions simplify onboarding, operations and maintenance by offering simplified architecture in a centralized, software-based solution for easy deployment and management. Our team does not deal with physical appliances but rather delivers software solutions – whether using the on-prem or cloud options. All solutions function across all access layers, providing 100% coverage and visibility of the network and continuous risk-monitoring.

For these reasons, among the main NAC vendors, Portnox has been named the leader for network access control products in the category of midsize to large organizations with a 22% market share by global research firm Frost & Sullivan. In the new report, analyst Tony Massimini said: “Portnox’s simplified architecture, which supports both 802.1X authentication and SNMP based control, sets it apart from competitors.” A full copy of the report is available here.

The Frost & Sullivan report highlighted several Portnox innovations, including:

  • Agentless architecture (but includes optional agent) for specific use cases, including continuous risk monitoring for roaming devices, remote access and cloud access.
  • Vendor agnostic design that connects directly to network infrastructure equipment via native protocols
  • Support for both 802.1X and non-802.1X devices
  • Powerful RESTFul API which enables customers to automate threat response workflows
  • Unique, profiling (fingerprinting) technology

Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs).

Oftentimes, SMB to Large organizations turn to Managed Service Providers and Managed Security Service Providers (MSP/MSSPs) to handle their cyber security protective services.

In reviewing the key factors to growth in the NAC market in 2018, the report cited, among other things, the severe shortage in skilled security professionals that challenges all organizations, but more so the SMB-to-large segments than large enterprises. Next-generation NAC provides tools to offload many of the functions and automate workflows, thereby helping these organizations to overcome this shortage in skilled IT security professionals. At the same time, NAC will insert great relief to the many overworked and busy IT teams that are handling Network security and administration responsibilities.

This same automation and ease is extended to the management of customers by MSP/MSSPs. Portnox offers convenient and scalable NAC as-a-Service that allows MSP/MSSPs to serve their customers quickly, to keep track of what they are using and to handle growing organizations efficiently.

Vision

No matter the circumstances of the organization, Portnox is proud to offer a solution that is flexible and simple enough for anybody:

  • On premises Vs. cloud-delivered network security platforms
  • 802.1x protocols Vs. non-802.1X systems
  • Agentless Vs. agent (based on use case)

Read all about it in the full report available here

Here’s to a secure, productive and prosperous 2019!

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Portnox Named Network Access Control Market Leader for Midsize to Large Organizations by Frost & Sullivan

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Company Cited for Simplifying Endpoint Security Policy Compliance and Supporting All Access Devices

New York, Dec. 10, 2018 – Portnox, a leading provider of network visibility, access control and device risk management solutions, today announced it has been named the leader for network access control (NAC) products among midsize to large organizations with a 22% market share by global research firm Frost & Sullivan. In the new report, analyst Tony Massimini says: “Portnox’s simplified architecture, which supports both 802.1X authentication and SNMP based control, sets it apart from competitors.”

According to “NAC Market, Global Forecast to 2022”, NAC revenues are expected to grow from 2017 to 2022 at a 16.9% CAGR, reaching $2.1 billion. A full copy of the report is available here.

“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.”

The Frost & Sullivan report highlighted several Portnox innovations, including:

  • An agentless architecture that supports an optional agent for specific use cases, including continuous risk monitoring and compliance checks for roaming devices
  • Powerful RESTFul API which enables customers to automate threat response workflows
  • Unique, patent-pending profiling (fingerprinting) technology
  • Support for both 802.1X and non-802.1X devices
  • Vendor agnostic design that connects directly to network infrastructure equipment via native protocols

About Portnox

Portnox provides next-generation network access control and management solutions that enable organizations to reduce risk and enforce security policy compliance. The company’s products provide automated security, visibility and control for every device accessing the network including Internet of Things (IoT), BYOD, mobile and unmanaged systems. Portnox CORE for On-Premise NAC and CLEAR for cloud-delivered NAC support hybrid environments, are easy to deploy and manage, scalable and adapt to evolving customer needs. 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. and Europe. Visit us at www.portnox.com, and follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

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Portnox Names Tomer Shemer-Buchbut Vice President of Products

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Cyber Security Analytics Expert Joins Leading Network Access Control Vendor’s Management Team

NEW YORK–Portnox, a leading provider of network visibility, access control and device risk management solutions, today announced that Tomer Shemer-Buchbut has joined the company as Vice President of Products. Tomer was previously head of the cyber security product team for global data-mining and intelligence provider Verint.

“Tomer is a recognized expert in cyber security analytics, advanced threat detection and building large scale software platforms,” said Ofer Amitai, CEO and Co-Founder of Portnox. “He will play a pivotal role in extending Portnox’s innovation lead in the network access control market and drive the development of new capabilities to address the growing challenges of securing IoT and hybrid cloud environments.”

Tomer is responsible for the design and development of the Portnox product portfolio. He joined Portnox from Verint, a global provider of analytics technology, where he led the company’s cyber security product team and development of unified detection and response solutions. Previously, Tomer held senior management positions in system design at Motorola Solutions, a provider of large scale secure communications solutions for enterprises and public safety organizations. He holds a BA in Computer Science and Psychology from the Open University of Israel.

“The network access control market is evolving rapidly to keep pace with large scale, distributed security risks being introduced by IoT devices, the proliferation of unmanaged hardware and use of cloud services that contain sensitive data,” said Tomer Shemer-Buchbut. “I look forward to building on Portnox’s technology leadership position, and delivering advancements that address the new security requirements created by hybrid data center-cloud infrastructures.”

About Portnox
Portnox provides next-generation network access control and management solutions that enable organizations to reduce risk and enforce security policy compliance. The company’s products provide automated security, visibility and control for every device accessing the network including Internet of Things (IoT), BYOD, mobile and managed systems. Portnox CORE for On-Premise NAC and CLEAR for cloud-delivered NAC support hybrid environments, are easy to deploy and manage, scalable and adapt to evolving customer needs. 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. and Europe. Visit us at www.portnox.com, and follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.