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Secure the Network Against Remote & Rogue Endpoints in Four Steps

Focus your attention on non-wired use cases to take the “AACK!” out of NAC.


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Your Challenge

  • Most organizations have secured the organization against outside threats.
  • Unintentional threats coming from within must be dealt with before BYOD programs can flourish.
  • Previous NAC deployments failed because of a lack of ROI and executive buy-in.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • The rise of BYOD in organizations has driven the value and usefulness of NAC implementations up.
  • NAC implementations can secure the network from internal threats by isolating devices that don’t meet security requirements.
  • Planning the deployment of NAC properly can reduce costs and minimize costly errors.

Impact and Result

  • Prioritize and understand the different NAC deployment scenarios; LAN, WLAN, BYOD, and Remote Access.
  • Minimize spend and resources by understanding overlapping issues in each deployment type and taking advantage of shared resources and features.

Research & Tools

1. Assess Your NAC Posture

Understand high-level capabilities of different NAC approaches

2. Customize your NAC Deployment

Determine a realistic set of issues that can be solved by NAC

3. Create a Comprehensive Action Plan

Prioritize NAC focus areas

Guided Implementations

This guided implementation is a five call advisory process.

Call #1 - Understand high-level capabilities of different NAC components

Talk to us about your organization’s size and unique risk profile, and we will help you determine how to get what you need out of NAC.

Call #2 - Capture current and desired NAC states for wired LAN, wireless LAN, BYOD, and remote access

Work with us and the NAC Capture Tool to identify current state and long-term goals.

Call #3 - Perform a SWOT analysis

Once we have collected your information into the NAC Capture Tool, we can take you through a SWOT analysis.

Call #4 - Perform a gap analysis

The completed SWOT analysis will be discussed to identify weaknesses and threats – areas that you will eventually need to address and prioritize.

Call #5 - Select a NAC vendor

We will provide you with the right Vendor Landscape to review. Feel free to contact us if you have further questions on product/vendor selection.

Onsite Workshop

Discuss This Workshop

Book Your Workshop

Onsite workshops offer an easy way to accelerate your project. If you are unable to do the project yourself, and a Guided Implementation isn't enough, we offer low-cost onsite delivery of our project workshops. We take you through every phase of your project and ensure that you have a roadmap in place to complete your project successfully.

Module 1: Assess Your NAC Posture

The Purpose

  • Perform a low-risk security scan on your network to identify weaknesses (with organization’s permission).
  • Understand the capabilities of NAC.
  • Identify your key focus areas for the workshop.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Better understand the security of your network.
  • Your organization’s key focus for a NAC implementation.




Security scan

  • Defined areas of focus for remainder of workshop

Understand high-level capabilities of different NAC approaches

Module 2: Customize Your NAC Deployment

The Purpose

  • A comprehensive understanding of your current security posture.
  • Knowledge of the current gaps to overcome to implement a full NAC solution.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Documented data of your organization’s current NAC-related status.




Identify existing and required key NAC supporting elements

  • NAC Capture Tool

Capture current and desired NAC for wired LAN, wireless LAN, BYOD, and remote access

  • Current and desired NAC capabilities exercise

Perform SWOT analysis

Module 3: Create a Comprehensive Action Plan

The Purpose

  • A breakdown of your organization’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats as they relate to NAC.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Prioritize the NAC deployment by examining your existing Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.




Perform a gap analysis based on SWOT

  • NAC Capture Tool (SWOT analysis)

Identify alternative approaches to NAC


Prioritize NAC strategy areas (Wired LAN, Wireless LAN, BYOD, Remote Access)


Determine cost/benefits of chosen strategy areas

  • Cost/benefits chart

Module 4: Manage and Measure Success

The Purpose

  • Resources to launch your NAC Action Plan, including end-user training, policy templates, and metrics.
  • A timeline for implementation.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Communicate effectively with end users and stakeholders.
  • Prepare appropriate NAC-related policies.
  • Measure your organization’s success with metrics.
  • Schedule your NAC implementation successfully.




Select a NAC vendor

  • NAC Vendor Landscape
  • IDPS Vendor Landscape
  • MDM Vendor Landscape
  • SSL VPN Vendor Landscape

Create appropriate policies

  • Mobile Device Remote Wipe Waiver
  • BYOC Acceptable Use Policy
  • Security Infrastructure Policy
  • Systems Monitoring and Auditing Policy
  • Incident Response Policy
  • Authorization, Identification & Authentication Policy
  • Third-Party Access Policy

Develop a communication plan

  • BYOC Communication Plan Slideshow
  • WLAN TCO/ROI Calculator

Build end-user training

  • NAC Training Deck

Measure success of NAC deployment based on metrics


Create a timeline for implementation

Search Code: 73601
Published: October 23, 2013
Last Revised: October 23, 2013