Being a NAC Slacker Costs Big Bucks

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A new report finds that if you don't do NAC right, your network will still be full of costly holes.

If you don't do Network Access Control right, not only will your network still be full of holes, but you'll wind up paying more than the company down the road that did it right and has shrunk unauthorized network access to zilch.

Doing NAC wrong combines insult and injury in one ratty little package, according to a report from Aberdeen Group released on Nov. 8. The report, titled "Who's Got the NAC? Best Practices in Protecting Network Access," found that out of 384 companies surveyed, those deemed NAC "laggards" are paying on average $229,327 for NAC hardware and $187,000 for NAC software. That compares to the outfits that Aberdeen has deemed "best in class," which are paying on average only $102,206 for NAC hardware and $123,881 for NAC software.

And by "laggards," Aberdeen doesn't mean late adopters. Rather, it means lackadaisical adapters—those who have some type of NAC infrastructure but aren't necessarily authenticating users entering the network, enforcing network security policies, defining groups of network users for specific policy enforcement, monitoring user behavior and stopping inappropriate activity after users have been admitted onto the network. Those are the attributes of best-in-class NAC adopters, according to the report.

The difference between being best in class or a NAC slacker is stark. Out of the best companies, which formed 20 percent of Aberdeen's group, 100 percent reported that successful network breaches have decreased or stayed the same over the past two years. Those same best-in-class NAC adopters report zero incidents of unauthorized network attacks and zero incidents of network downtime related to network attacks in the past year.

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This article was originally published on 2007-11-08
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for eWEEK.com and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on eWEEK.com, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.
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