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Safe NAC Enables Students and Staff to Bring Their Own Devices While Maintaining a High Level of Security and Integrity on its Network
Mountain View, Calif., March 14, 2012 - InfoExpress, an enterprise Network Access Control (NAC) solutions provider for mobile computing and Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) networks, announced today that Fishers, Indiana-based Hamilton Southeastern School District has deployed Safe NAC, an integrated security solution from Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and InfoExpress, to enable the District's BYOD policy.
After an extensive evaluation process, the only NAC solution that met the district's strict security criteria was Safe NAC. The security capabilities of Safe NAC protects the public school district's distributed network and helps its more than 20 schools offer its 2,000 staff and 19,000 students secure access to the instructional tools and resources they need. In addition, Safe NAC's unique visibility features gives a complete picture of who and what is connecting to the network.
"While users bringing their own devices help make everyone happy and hopefully productive, and also helps to preserve the district's budget, we needed a way that we could ensure that our students and faculty were not introducing malware from their personal devices onto our network," says Walter Morales, Chief Technology Officer at Hamilton Southeastern School District. "We believed that NAC would provide the best defense."
For the first phase of the deployment, the district tested Safe NAC on a number of desktops, where it began enforcing the requirement that updated anti-virus definitions be in place before being admitted to the network. "That went very well," explains Morales. "Within a few weeks, we deployed Safe NAC out to the rest of the network, as well as student devices."
Building on that success, the district has extended its Safe NAC deployment to its remaining high schools. "Without Safe NAC, we probably wouldn't have been able to allow students to bring the devices of their choice onto the school's network. Fortunately, thanks to Safe NAC, that's not a situation we have to face," says Morales.
About Safe Network Access Control
Safe NAC is a fully integrated NAC, providing guest access, host integrity checks, and role-based access control to help organizations ensure compliance. Safe NAC also is backed by a global, highly-experienced multi-vendor capable professional services organization. The solution reduces costs by automating operational processes and minimizing the need for IT operator intervention during authentication. There also is simplified troubleshooting and reduced help desk costs, which enables a reduction in operational overhead and proactively ensures the health of the network. Safe NAC is easy and fast to deploy without requiring a major network overhaul and without sacrificing security.
About Hamilton Southeastern School District
Hamilton Southeastern, as an innovative school community, provides an educational opportunity for each student to achieve maximum potential, to become a responsible citizen and to influence an ever-changing world community.
InfoExpress Network Access Control (NAC) solutions protect enterprise networks and the endpoints connecting to them. The company has provided innovative NAC solutions since 2000 that customers use to stay ahead of trends, such as the consumerization of IT and Bring Your Own Device. At the core of InfoExpress solution is the award winning CyberGatekeeper Family of Network Access Control products, which ensures endpoints are safe and compliant with security policies by performing real-time audits and quarantining of all network-attached endpoints. InfoExpress products have received numerous awards for innovation. The privately held company has been profitable for 13 consecutive years and is headquartered in Mountain View, California. For more information, please visit www.infoexpress.com.
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