What is NAC?

Given the current businesses reliance on tech on a daily basis, many organisations feel the need like to tackle the cyber issue from various angles. Traditional ways are to procure a simple antivirus solution, perimeter firewalls, and use a separate system for managing access permissions. However, with the heavily use of Wi-Fi and mobile devices, the trend has shifted to embrace the NAC, Network Access Control.

What is Network Access Control, NAC?

Network Access Control is the act of keeping unauthorized users and devices out of a private network. Organisations that give certain devices or users from outside of the organization occasional access to the network can use network access control to ensure that these devices meet corporate security compliance regulations.

NAC solutions are designed to help network admin to boost the overall security level for internal users. That would guarantee the right person would get the right permissions with right authentication methods.

What are common use cases for network access control?

If an organization is under any of the following circumstances, they need to think cautiously about network access control to secure the enterprise network:

  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD):
  • Any organization that allows employees to use their own devices to connect to the corporate network or take the corporate devices home should think about when those devices connect back to the company sensitive network. Each device could be or create a vulnerability that which will encourage the cyber criminal to bypass the traditional security controls.

  • Network access for non-employees:
  • Some organizations need to grant access to people or devices that are outside of the organization with many reasons, like conferences, contractors or visitors. But, those access with different purposes should not be subject to the same security controls. Especially for contractors, they might need the access to the corporate network from time to time, and you will not want to grant the same level of access which you employees have for a short time project. That should be under the monitor and with proper level of authentication.

  • Network access without Port Security:
  • Traditional network access will require the end users to connect to the floor switched to gain the access to the network. But, some of the access are not under port security policies. That means anyone can access the network when they plug into the same port without necessary authentication to fake the employee permissions. For those ports which are exposed and hard to manage as constant changes happened, it is necessary to use NAC to grant the right authorization to the person no matter where they connect.

  • IoT devices:
  • The Internet of Things, as known as IoT, has given rise to a proliferation of devices that may fly under the radar of traditional security controls. They could locate outside of your physical buildings, but they still be able to connect to your network through some forms of transmission media. As a non-standardized industry, Cyber criminals can easily exploit these overlooked devices to find their own ways into your network without getting any kinds of permissions. Network access controls plays a important role in your edge security.
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