Portnox improves security, user access, continuous risk assessment with WatchGuard integration

Portnox announced on Monday its partnership with WatchGuard Technologies, a vendor of advanced network security solutions as a WatchGuardONE Gold Technology Partner. The partnership will integrate WatchGuard’s Firebox Wireless Controller, VPN and Wi-Fi Cloud products with Portnox CLEAR, a Security-as-a-Service (SaaS) cloud platform for network access control to increase network visibility and security for companies of all sizes.

Portnox secures connected organizations’ corporate networks utilizing its next-generation network access control and management solutions. Portnox’s solutions manage every user, every device – including Internet of Things (IoT), BYOD, mobile and managed devices – accessing the network, everywhere. Portnox offers two solutions – CORE for On-Premise NAC and CLEAR for cloud-based NAC – allowing companies to grow, optimize, and evolve their infrastructure while maintaining the upmost security and compliance.

As part of the tie-up, the company deliver enhanced security with 2 Factor Authentication (2FA) for VPN, OTP, 802.1x, device authentication and risk assessment; total visibility of all users, endpoints and devices;full access control and risk monitoring of users and devices based on policies and access decisions; easy onboarding of wireless and wired devices to existing networks; and cloud-based network infrastructure, including authentication-repository, public key infrastructure (PKI), and integration with on-premise user repositories

Gold level represents partners who have made the commitment to provide the highest level of security expertise and service to WatchGuard’s end customers.

With the rise of digital transformation, BYOD, IoT and the mobile workforce, enterprise networks are more vulnerable to security risks than ever. By gaining visibility to devices and the network environment, with real-time risk monitoring and control of emerging threats, Portnox CLEAR offers IT and network administrators a complete view and control of their network at all times, from the cloud.

WatchGuard’s Wi-Fi Cloud management platform delivers wireless intrusion prevention system (WIPS) technology, and the Firebox Wireless Controller monitors connection status and activity on all devices in the network.

“All enterprises should have total visibility of their networks, and the ability to constantly monitor for vulnerabilities. We’re thrilled WatchGuard recognizes Portnox CLEAR as an effective visibility and authentication solution,” said Ofer Amitai, CEO, Portnox. “We aim to provide a solution that allows for quick and easy risk identification and trusted user authentication, ensuring IT teams have complete understanding and control of their network.”

“Our goal is to offer WatchGuard customers total network visibility and security,” said Ben Oster, technology alliance product manager, WatchGuard. “The integration of WatchGuard and Portnox CLEAR advances our customers’ ability to achieve this through enhanced monitoring of their entire network – reducing risks and accelerating response to vulnerabilities.”

Portnox had in July announced “Rapid Ransomware Response and Control” as part of its on-premise and cloud-based Network Access Control (NAC) Solutions, Portnox CORE and CLEAR. In light of recent EternalBlue exploit attacks, known as the ‘Petya’ or ‘NotPetya’ cyberattacks, which targeted known vulnerabilities in the server message block protocol in Microsoft Windows, Rapid Ransomware Response and Control allows organizations of all sizes to quickly recover from ransomware and malware attacks.

Rapid Ransomware Response and Control allows for quick recovery by automatically disconnecting infected devices, as well as those devices that are prone to infection or missing necessary patches, to prevent the lateral spread of the ransomware throughout the network.

By providing full visibility into all network devices, Rapid Ransomware Response and Control enables organizations to identify unpatched devices and those lacking anti-virus updates, and automatically install updates across the network. It also identifies unmanaged devices, which cannot be patched and pose significant risk – a major factor in the EternalBlue exploit attacks – automatically removing them to a firewalled or segmented network with limited network access.

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