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UP Deploys NAC Messaging Component

The University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, is adding a broadcast messaging module to its Impulse Point Safe•Connect network access control solution. The university adopted the Safe•Connect NAC earlier this year.

As part of its program for implementing emergency notifications, the university will use the NAC to display Web-based broadcast messages, in addition to text messaging and e-mail.

"Safe•Connect broadcast messaging is at the forefront of many announcement ideas", said UP's Rob Henderson, director of Cyber Infrastructure, in a statement released this week.  "We've been using the system successfully to manage endpoint security compliance across multiple campus locations and talked with Impulse Point early in 2007 about enhancing their real-time messaging capability.  Impulse worked with us to advance development and now we can notify any registered computer user within seconds based on campus location or their identity. A school has only 30 minutes to notify their entire population of an emergency.  That's not a lot of time. We can't catch everyone with a single method; so we need to have multiple options.  Using Safe•Connect will be beneficial, especially while class is in session since many students will have turned off their phones but may be using a computer."

The University of the Pacific is a private institution serving about 6,700 students on three campuses.

To read more about UP's initial NAC appliance deployment in April, see the Network World article linked below.

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