Bradford Networks Announces New Identity Management Security Appliances

Bradford Networks has announced three new software security appliances focused on identity management. The new products--User Visibility and Control (UVC), Device Profile and Control (DPC), and Behavior Monitoring and Control (BMC)--are subsets of Bradford's NAC Director and Campus Manager. Broadly, they help IT teams control users, devices, or suspicious behavior with network plug-and-play appliances. The new offerings give security administrators the potential to identify every user or device on their networks.

UVC is intended for shared computing environments and provides the ability to know who is on the network and control what network resources users can access.

DPC provides organizations with clinical, manufacturing, and facilities management systems with the ability to identify every device on the network. The solution automates management of medical instruments, HVAC units, IP phones, and printers, especially useful in situations where these devices outnumber PCs, laptops, and workstations on the same network.

BMC addresses user and device misbehavior by integrating with intrusion detection and prevention systems, network behavior analysis tools, and traffic shapers to identify network use violations and take action at the edge of the network.

"Integration across critical security processes, like [network access control] (NAC), identity access management, and intrusion prevention, is key to effective and efficient security," said John Pescatore, Gartner analyst. "Taking advantage of the increased visibility NAC brings into what types of devices are on the network and what users are doing can lead to higher levels of security at lower costs."

Pricing for all three products starts at $7,995. UVC and BMC are available now; DPC will be available in the first quarter of 2009. Each can be upgraded to Bradford's full NAC capabilities via license upgrades.

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