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NAC Has a Promising Future

by Ben Tomhave  |  November 7, 2013  |  Submit a Comment

I’m pleased to announce that my first paper, “Using NAC to Reduce Risk Related to BYOD and Unmanaged Devices,” has been published as of Oct 31st. This paper was co-authored with Eric Maiwald (who was lead). The topic was somewhat outside my comfort zone, but overall was a very good and interesting project. I think the resulting report is very good and will be of distinct interest to GTP clients.

One of the more interesting takeaways from the project is that NAC is about far more than just network access control these days. It now has touch points within pretty much every security domain in the enterprises (Figure 1).


Due to this reality of touching multiple domains within the enterprise, it is thus very important for projects to follow good project management practices in order to be successful. This includes making sure that the core business drivers and requirements for the project are well understood prior to going through the selection process. Overall, NAC should be viewed as a broad, multi-faceted solution set that can help add value in multiple areas, such as access management, help desk automation and support, and incident response support.

GTP subscribers can access the full report here: “Using NAC to Reduce Risk Related to BYOD and Unmanaged Devices”

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Ben Tomhave
Research Director
1 years at Gartner
19 years IT Industry

Ben is conducting research within the Security and Risk Management Strategies team under Gartner for Technical Professionals.

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