ForeScout CounterACT Review

It provides endpoint visibility of our network and controls who can access network resources.


Valuable Features:

The network access control is a valuable feature for us. It provides endpoint visibility of our network and controls who can access network resources. That's really powerful.

Improvements to My Organization:

The problem with vendors like Cisco is that their solutions are limited their to own ecosystem, and in general they don't work well with other vendors. With virtual machines, it can actually collect data from a variety of different network solutions, such as Cisco, Bloomberg, etc. Any routing platform out there, you can import it today. It can basically integrate these products and you can use it for enforcement. You can use them to collect the data. 

The other one is obviously that CounterACT can provide you with virtual ability to control who gets access to the network. It can act as a super-based machine and provide a level of security. It is integrated more easily than other vendors.

Room for Improvement:

The integration with Sync can be improved. We would like to see better integration with some other popular vendors. 

Also, the reporting needs improvement, as well as integration with PAL services. It also needs more options for different sizes of customers. It does really work well in the big departments. For smaller organizations it might be a little overkill of a solution.

Deployment Issues:

We've had no issues with deployment.

Stability Issues:

We've had no issues with stability.

Scalability Issues:

We've had no issues with scalability.

Initial Setup:

It's a little bit too complex. A little bit of simplification when it comes to deployment might actually be better.

Other Advice:

I think it is a good product and definitely fills the gap. I don't think we have many competitors at this stage. The major competitor is Cisco, but the biggest advantage of CounterACT is vendor agnostic. It means that it can work with a variety of different products. That is the biggest advantage.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We're partners.
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