Network Security Zones Module Provides Cost-Effective Alternative To NAC and Identity/Access Management Products

Network Security Zones Module Provides Cost-Effective Alternative To NAC and Identity/Access Management Products

NSZ System Provides Clear Path for Enhanced Compliance and Auditing Requirements

Dallas, Texas, February 23, 2009 – Global DataGuard, the premier provider of network behavior analysis-based (NBA) Enterprise Unified Threat Management for small and medium businesses to large enterprise environments, has enhanced its Network Security Zones (NSZ) technology, providing the industry with a cost-effective, easy-to-use alternative or complement to cumbersome network access control systems. Simple-to-install, the NSZ module provides a mechanism to set usage policies around critical assets and then efficiently monitors access to these systems by employees, customers and suppliers.

Whether it’s an infrastructure-based (in-line), appliance-based or software-based NAC architecture, many analysts are predicting that 2009 will be the year when network access control technology finally proves its value.  Both Forrester Research and Gartner are encouraging businesses to include NAC capabilities within their network infrastructures to monitor devices, map traffic and provide role-based access for employees. However, analysts warn that NAC systems may be extremely complex to deploy and can strain limited network, security and desktop IT resources.

Global DataGuard’s Network Security Zones system is a more cost- and IT-friendly option to other NAC and Identity and Access Management solutions on the market today. It can be installed in a few hours – not months – and it allows organizations to define what an individual can access within the network, at what time and from which location. Any violation of established boundaries will generate an unauthorized access alert. Plus, it works with drag-and-drop simplicity and is administered through a single, easy-to-use console.

“Global DataGuard’s NSZ solution is the first behavior-based network access and policy management system that’s purpose-built. It enables network zones or access policies to be set for critical assets, ensuring continuous monitoring of secure relationships between specific network resources and users during specified time intervals,” stated Scott Paly, chief executive officer for Global DataGuard. “This robust capability is a key component within our Enterprise UTM portfolio, which provides customers with highly adaptive, predictive security products that can be customized to fit their unique business requirements.”

Uncompromising Network Security
With the NSZ module, there’s no need to install centralized network authentication equipment or host-based agents on clients; and there’s no need to re-architect the network to accommodate in-line security devices. The NSZ system works with any device attempting to access network assets, and continually monitors for policy violations. Even attempts to communicate using different protocols or port numbers between defined objects will generate an unauthorized access alert.

The NSZ module integrates at the architectural level with all of Global DataGuard’s industry proven, Enterprise UTM applications to provide early warnings of threats that other solutions may not see, reduce false positives, and enable unparalleled management of a company’s total information security environment. Businesses can also efficiently achieve and maintain compliance with government and industry standards while realizing far better performance and service at a substantially reduced cost of ownership – up to 60% over other NAC and Identity/Access Management alternatives.

TheNetwork Security Zonesmodule is priced at $25,000 in the U.S., and it can be leased with turnkey managed services for $2,950 per month. It is a fully integrated component within the Global DataGuard Enterprise UTM++ portfolio, and custom configurations can be designed and priced based on an organization’s unique network requirements.