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Network access control has made a major resurgence

Leading German NAC vendor aims for UK market

Woking, Surrey, UK: 16/09/14: 1.00 p.m. - Mobility, convergence, 802.11ac wireless standards, BYOD, and increased access to WLANs all represent a major wave of change sweeping across company networks. This has led to both a loss of visibility and a loss of management, where network access is concerned.

Alongside this, the threat or likelihood of unauthorised network access has increased considerably - recently, there were over 300 million password breaches on Ebay, Adobe and Home Depot alone. And the same passwords are consistently being used for personal, social media and business access, creating huge business risks.

Organisations are also under growing pressure to not only be secure and compliant, but also to prove it. Most organisations, even B2B, now need to have some form of PCI compliance, as a minimum. Today, more than ever, organisations need both visibility into what is happening on their networks and multi-layered access control.

The latest NAC solution in the UK market, from German vendor macmon secure, is designed specifically to provide both these functions. It enables companies to secure, track, report on, and control all network device access activity, as well as protecting networks from unauthorised or unsafe devices, and from internal attacks, regardless of whether on the LAN or WLAN. macmon secure is available as a software appliance or as a physical appliance.

macmon also has the attractive cost/benefit of energy reduction, as it can turn devices on and off. With large numbers of desktop devices left on 24x7, but often typically used for less than ten hours a day, significant potential energy-savings are available, which can potentially pay for the benefits of NAC.

Ian Kilpatrick, chairman of Wick Hill Group, who have just been appointed sole UK distributor for macmon secure, commented: “Network access control has made a major resurgence and macmon’s new generation solution gives organisations the tools to both secure and innovate their environment.

“With wireless and mobility impacting all parts of business, NAC is a fundamental requirement for management and compliance. We have been very successful in Germany with macmon and are delighted to have the opportunity to replicate that success in the UK.”

Christian Buecker, managing director of macmon, said: “NAC has a unique advantage for company networks. It is a central authority, with the power to make decisions about all access requests and the ability to disconnect hazardous systems, where necessary. We have dealt effectively with the challenge of providing secure access control in Germany, where we have become a market leader. I am absolutely sure that companies in the UK are facing the same sorts of access control challenges and we aim to replicate our success in the UK.

“There has been a lot of distrust in the market with regard to NAC, because solutions from other vendors have failed to resolve access security issues in the past. However, with macmon NAC Smartly Simple, we have proven that NAC really works. Moreover, the macmon solution is the fastest and easiest to implement on the market, with a unique network-side approach that provides network management functionality not offered by our competitors.

“Wick Hill was the only choice for us as a distributor, based on our successful partnership in Germany, where we work together extremely well. We appreciate their excellent value added services. With Wick Hill, we have a partner that really knows the UK market and offers the support the local channel and end users need.”

macmon secure solutions
macmon NAC is the fastest and easiest to implement NAC solution on the market. It protects the network from unauthorised or unsafe devices, and from internal attacks, regardless of whether on the LAN or WLAN, providing centralised control. It is available as a software appliance or as a physical appliance.
With today’s fragmented networks, encompassing BYOD, wireless, smartphones, computerised machinery and other devices, macmon intelligent modular solutions provide the ability to communicate with all manageable switches, giving a complete overview of all devices on the LAN and WLAN.

macmon is vendor independent, so ideal for heterogeneous networks, with a mix of equipment. The solution is both very easy and very fast to implement, offering immediate network transparency, without necessarily changing the existing network infrastructure and without high investment.
macmon provides for tasks ranging from authentication, through MAC addresses, AD-accounts, certificate-based solutions in accordance with IEEE802.1X, to the implementation of security concepts of the Trusted Computing Group.

Benefits of macmon
* Instantaneous total network overview
* Simple to implement and use
* Smart integration with other leading security products
* Operates in a multi-vendor heterogeneous environment and supports 802.11X
* Interactive graphical topology
* Intelligent guest management for LAN and WAN
* Smart management of BYOD situations
* Security made in Germany
* Security, simplicity and transparency - with a single, central system

About Wick Hill
Established in 1976, value added distributor Wick Hill specialises in secure IP infrastructure solutions and convergence. The company sources and delivers best-of-breed, easy-to-use solutions through its channel partners, with a portfolio that covers security, performance, access, networking, convergence, storage and hosted solutions.

Wick Hill is part of the Wick Hill Group, based in Woking, Surrey with sister offices in Hamburg. Wick Hill is particularly focused on providing a wide range of value added support for its channel partners. This includes a strong lead generation and conversion programme, technical and consultancy support for reseller partners in every stage of the sales process, and extensive training facilities. For more information about Wick Hill, please visit https://www.wickhill.com or https://twitter.com/wickhill

About macmon secure
macmon secure is a German IT manufacturer specialising in network security and is one of the pioneers among today’s NAC suppliers in Germany. The specially developed modular NAC solution protects the network from unauthorized and unsafe devices and from internal attacks.

Customers benefit from security skills, predictable costs and the high level of security of the software, combined with easy handling and running and the use of intelligent technologies. The joint use of macmon and many other leading security products and the ongoing expansion of its functions, in line with the latest developments and standards, guarantee long-term reliability and protected investment.

Companies from different sectors and of different sizes benefit from macmon security services and products. Vertical markets served include public sector, health sector, finance and insurance, science and research, telecommunications and media, trade, industry, transport and logistics. The customer base includes among others, federal government ministries, Volkswagen, Müller Milch, ZF, RWE Power, SWR, Vivantes, Kliniken, ZIVIT, KFW Bank,building societies and national banks.

macmon was founded in 2008 as mikado soft gmbh and re-established as macmon secure gmbh in 2012. macmon secure gmbh's head office is in Berlin. macmon secure is a member of BITKOM and the Trusted Computing Group (TCG).

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