BlueCat, Mirage Debuts DHCP-based Network Access Control

By | May 23, 2006

BlueCat Networks and Mirage Networks has announced that the companies have formed an alliance to deliver the strongest DHCP-based network access control (NAC) available. Through this partnership, BlueCat Networks is adding support for Mirage NAC to its lineup of network appliances. The combined solution will enable customers to cost-effectively authenticate users and control their access to network resources.

A recent Gartner report(a), states “To protect their networks, many network managers are implementing network access control (NAC), based on technologies such as 802.1x and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP).” This reflection of industry requirements and drivers has spurred the development of this partnership.

“Our relationship with Mirage enables us to offer our clients a simple path for deploying NAC and provide access to advanced pre- and post-admission network hygiene capabilities for even greater security,” said Rob Farrell, Vice President of Sales for BlueCat Networks. “For businesses not yet ready to upgrade switches and other components for 802.1x, this integrated offering can be easily placed into existing heterogeneous networks without disruption to network operations.”

“There are no safe havens in the network: every endpoint, from the network printer to the VoIP phone to the Windows desktop is vulnerable to threats,” stated Michael D´Eath, vice president of corporate and business development, Mirage Networks. “BlueCat is clearly a leader in the IPAM, DNS and DHCP Space. With this partnership, BlueCat can securely authenticate and attach any endpoint, managed or unmanaged, to the network, without the need for expensive switch upgrades, cumbersome client software or reactive signature updates.”

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