Conversation with Jennifer Jabbusch on NAC, Part 2

by VPNHaus | 09/21/2010 | Expert Q&A, Rethink Remote Access

We continue our conversation with Jennifer Jabbusch, a network security engineer and founder of the blog Security UnCorked who recently tweeted a thought-provoking comment, “NAC is a philosophy, not a technology.”

VPN Haus: What do you think caused NAC’s dismal market performance and why do you think it’s changing?

Jabbusch: The birth of “Franken-NACs.” I say this all the time. The industry created the confusion and the vendors have perpetuated it by creating homegrown products and labeling them ‘NAC’ so they can play in the market. Look at the NAC vendors – we have

VPN Haus: How are vendors getting better at embracing NAC, rather than stirring up more confusion?

Jabbusch: Standards! Standards and common frameworks will be the saving grace of NAC, and vendors that embrace these standards are the ones bringing NAC out of that dismal market performance. By having common frameworks, the vendors can offer similar solu

VPN Haus: What is the major misconception about NAC that you’d like to set straight?

Jabbusch: There’s not one best NAC. Different solutions work better in different environments. There are a few that are universally good across the board, a few that are perfect fits and many that will be horrible matches for any one environment. Consumer

For Part 1 of this series including more on why Jabbusch sees NAC as a philosophy, click here.

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