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Managed Service Providers (MSPs) can now offer a Cloud-based solution to enterprises looking to address the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) security challenges

London, UK; 2 November, 2011 – Bradford Networks, which enables secure network access for corporate-issued and employee-owned mobile devices, has launched the industry’s first pure Network Access Control (NAC) Security-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering. Called Bradford.cloud, the service delivers all of the innovative features of the Company’s award-winning, on-premise network security offering in a cloud-based SaaS model, with absolutely no hardware or virtual appliance required.

In the past, organisations that wanted to improve network and mobile security and control network access were required to implement an on-site or virtual appliance. But as enterprise adoption of pure SaaS models across all areas of IT accelerates, fewer are willing to accept appliance-based solutions. Bradford Networks removes that barrier by offering full NAC capabilities in a cloud-based SaaS model.

Connecting via VPN through private-cloud architecture, Bradford.cloud can be operational within a few hours to help enterprises:

- Provide secure, convenient network access for trusted mobile devices in a BYOD environment
- Demonstrate compliance with regulations such as PCI and HIPAA by providing the ability to distinguish between corporate and personal devices, and provision network access accordingly
- Gain a complete and accurate inventory of all devices, such as laptops, iPads, smartphones, and users in their network environment
- Automate network control and provisioning based on role, device type, geography, time of day, and other factors.

The service will be sold exclusively through Bradford’s global network of MSP partners, who have the option to OEM or integrate the solution into their existing suites of network and security service offerings.

“Bradford.cloud fills a distinct market need,” said Mark Moretti, vice president of sales at Atrion Networking, one of the first MSPs authorised to deliver the solution. “We’re seeing strong demand among clients for greater network visibility and control over mobile devices, but many of these companies aren’t in a position to take on additional workload. By delivering network security capabilities via the cloud, Bradford is opening up an entirely new market space for us.”

Bradford Networks recently hired SaaS-industry veteran Amy Luby to lead its entry into the managed services market. Former principal and founder of Mobitech and the MSP Services Network (MSPSN), Luby has 16 years of experience providing IT services to the enterprise market.

“Bradford has a unique offering that brings substantial value to MSPs and to their clients,” said Luby. “We have a mature, award-winning platform, a great team, and a true service offering that is quick, easy and cost effective for the MSP. I’m excited about leading Bradford’s charge into the SaaS market with our cloud services initiative.”

According to research firm Infonetics, the managed security services market will grow 13 per cent in 2011 – roughly four times faster than the overall IT market. By 2015, this market will reach nearly $17 billion. Research firm Gartner predicts that by 2014, 90 per cent of organisations will support corporate applications on personal devices.

Dan Haley, CEO of Bradford Networks, noted that the Bring Your Own Device trend is affecting all types of organisations, from SMBs to large enterprises, and that a simpler, SaaS-based approach to network visibility is needed to help more companies adopt NAC. “Bradford is the only vendor that can deliver a pure SaaS solution for NAC,” said Haley. “The reception we’ve had so far from MSPs and their clients has been very encouraging – we’re really excited about taking this out to the market.”

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About Bradford Networks

Bradford Networks is the pioneer and technology leader in Network Access Control (NAC). The company’s solutions enable secure network access for the broadest array of corporate-issued and employee-owned mobile device types. Bradford provides unmatched visibility into who and what is on a network at all times, and the ability to automatically provision access when needed. The company’s flexible deployment options – from cloud to on premise – mean that its software can be operational in just hours. Bradford is currently managing millions of devices on behalf of over 800 customers worldwide. Learn more at www.bradfordnetworks.com.

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