Protecting Your Network Against Guests and Transient Staff

napera.gifIf your business relies on sales people going to meet clients and coming into the office on a daily or more infrequent basis, you’re probably very glad to see.

If they’ve gone home first, especially after an over night trip they’re probably well showered, smelling nice, hair in place and ready to go on the next sales call. But what about their note book computer. Their computer has been plugging into networks (wired and wireless) in client offices, airports, parks and who knows where. They’ve been sharing USB keys with other sales team members, and looking at CDs given to them from clients. In some cases their computer is just fine, but in some cases, I’d bet their computer could have become infected with a virus or some other devious software.
If their infected computer is accessing your network, they could be infecting your network with a fairly nasty virus or worse.
What you need is a solution that can scan all computers and other devices when they’re connected to the network.
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When guests or anyone else connects to your network an intelligent appliance from Napera scans the computer and makes sure it is “clean”. Think of all the crime, gangster, mafia, spy movies you’ve seen. Before someone goes to speak to the head guy who spreads his arms and legs and is frisked for weapons and listening devices. Well Napera’s smart appliance does the frisking for computers connecting to your network.
What I like most about Napera’s line of appliances is that you simply connect it to your network and let it work. You don’t have to install anything on your network computers (with many solutions you have to install an agent – small piece of software). Napera’s online tool means you can access all the Napera alerts and reports via any web browser.
The Napera N24 appliance is $3,495 and includes a one-year subscription to the service. The Napera N24S expansion appliance is priced at $995.
Napera does the following:

  • Identify every computer and user on the network
  • Quarantine unhealthy computers before they can access your network, and automatically direct users to resources so they can fix the problem themselves
  • Allow probation access for computers that fail health checks and alert IT staff to the problem
  • Limit visitors to Internet access and selected printers

This results in:
Prevent the spread of infections. Protect your network by verifying that computers have firewall, virus and spyware protection, the latest operating security updates installed, and other key security measures in place before granting access.
Simplify the repair and maintenance process. Present unhealthy computers with a Web page that explains the problem and steps to take, so users can correct problems by themselves without burdening your help desk.
Avoid expensive clean-up of compromised computers. Network infections can take hours or days to clean up. Automating network health enforcement can proactively prevent expensive problems.