Hybrid NAC:
Endpoint Security

This innovative concept blends the best of both agent-based and agentless architectures, offering unparalleled flexibility and control.

Empowering Networks with
Agent-Based Architecture

At the core of the agent-based side of hybrid NAC lies the capabilities of IEEE 802.1X. This protocol is a cornerstone for dynamic access control, scaling effortlessly to accommodate large network environments. It acts as a centralized hub for managing network access policies, ensuring that only authenticated and authorized devices gain network entry. This method isn't just about tight security; it's about intelligent access management that adapts to your organizational needs.​

One of the standout features of the agent-based architecture in hybrid NAC is its utilization of 802.1X's speed. This enables rapid and secure network access decisions, maintaining efficiency without compromising security. The real-time monitoring and reporting capabilities of this architecture provide an eagle-eye view of the network, allowing for proactive management and swift response to potential threats.​

Agentless Architecture:
Operational Visibility and Control

On the flip side, the agentless architecture of hybrid NAC introduces a different yet complementary set of advantages. By leveraging connections to switches via SSH and SNMP, this architecture offers a seamless and less intrusive approach to network access control. It operates without the need for installing agents on user devices, making it an ideal solution for environments where device modifications are restricted or impractical.​

The agentless approach shines in its capacity for monitoring and managing network devices. Utilizing SNMP, it focuses on delivering comprehensive operational visibility across the network. This visibility is crucial in maintaining the health and efficiency of network infrastructure. SSH connections, on the other hand, allow for secure and centralized control over user devices, ensuring that network policies are uniformly enforced.​

Uniting Two Worlds for
Comprehensive Control

The effectiveness of hybrid NAC lies in its integration of these two architectures. This union allows for a multifaceted approach to network access control, encompassing various types of endpoint device controls and visibility. From tracking the location of devices to detecting hardware changes, hybrid NAC offers a panoramic view of the network landscape.​

Moreover, hybrid NAC extends its capabilities to include the management of endpoint applications. It enables the remote installation and uninstallation of selected applications, as well as the monitoring of installed and running software. This level of control is instrumental in maintaining compliance, enhancing security, and ensuring optimal network performance.

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