Bradford Networks Unveils Network Sentry 6.0 to Provide the Foundation for a Strong and Secure BYOD Strategy

Posted by Tom Murphy on September 17th, 2012

New Version Provides Structured Workflow for Companies to Automatically Gain Visibility and Control over All Personal Mobile Devices and Applications

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – September 17, 2012 – Bradford Networks, the best choice to enable secure network access for corporate issued and personal mobile devices, today unveiled Network Sentry 6.0. The latest version of its industry leading Network Access Control (NAC) solution, Network Sentry 6.0 provides organizations with a foundation for a strong and secure bring-your-own-device (BYOD) strategy with new key features that focus on automation, enhanced platform coverage, and integration with leading security solutions.

“Implementing BYOD is key to our business strategy, and will help our students, faculty, staff and employees be more productive and further contribute to our business growth. The first step to a secure BYOD policy needs to be visibility and control over who and what is accessing our network at all times,” said Jonathan Domen, network manager, Bryant University. “With its automated workflows, broad network infrastructure and mobile device coverage, and out-of-band architecture, Network Sentry 6.0 supports our existing network equipment and enables us to quickly and easily create a granular set of BYOD policies that are tailored to the specific roles within our organization.”

NAC Enables Secure BYOD Environment

To balance the productivity gains of BYOD with the real concerns around protecting sensitive data, Network Sentry 6.0 provides a foundation for enabling BYOD that empowers IT to discover, define and control how devices and users gain access to network resources. New features of Network Sentry 6.0 include:

“Network access control (NAC) has emerged as an important solution for mitigating the risks of consumerization. Network and security managers will use NAC to retain control of the network in a “bring your own device” (BYOD) environment,” commented Gartner research director, Lawrence Orans.

“Organizations are embracing BYOD but struggling to figure out the specific steps that are required to devise a relevant BYOD strategy. With its new automation, workflows, management and integration features, Network Sentry 6.0 enables companies to quickly and easily devise and implement a BYOD Blueprint that provides appropriate visibility and control across their network,” said Tom Murphy, CMO of Bradford Networks. “Bradford Networks has earned its thought leadership through years of anticipating customer needs ahead of emerging trends, and delivering features that address critical security requirements. Network Sentry 6.0 is the latest example that security doesn’t have to compromise productivity.”

Availability & Deployment Models

Network Sentry 6.0 is generally available.

Bradford Networks - BYOD

Bradford Networks offers the best solution to enable secure network access for corporate issued and personal mobile devices. The company's flexible Network Sentry platform is the first network security offering that can automatically identify and profile all devices and all users on a network, providing complete visibility and control. Unlike vendor-specific network security products, Network Sentry provides a view across all brands of network equipment and connecting devices eliminating the network blind spots that can introduce risk.

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Network Sentry/RTR minimizes a threat's impact and the response time for remediation. Network Sentry/RTR leverages its unique Live Inventory of Network Connections (LINC) to automatically correlate high fidelity security alerts from the leading firewall and Advanced Threat Detection solutions, including FireEye, Fortinet, and Palo Alto Networks, with detailed contextual information on compromised endpoints, users and applications. Once identified, Network Sentry/RTR triggers an automated response, based on the severity and business criticality of the incident, to contain compromised devices in real time. Network Sentry/RTR also provides detailed historical information on all network connections, giving security experts unprecedented forensics to help fully understand and investigate the threat's methodology, lifecycle and scope.

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