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Pros
"The visibility is the main benefit. We now know how many devices are connected, what the use for each device is and what kind of devices we have in our environment.""Emergency response, risk assessment information to get a view of the of the vulnerability.""The most valuable features are remote access and administration scripts.""The most valuable feature is the blocking of USB devices.""The user interface is quite simple.""It allows for good detection of all the vendor products we have on-site.""We think it's simple. We think it's very useful and we really like reports and everything.""We really like that we get full visibility of devices in the local network."

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"The scalability of the system and the performance of the system and the solution's most valuable features.""What Sophos has done is integrate almost the entire OSI layer infrastructure. It gives me visibility across my infrastructure. It gives me visibility into all the mobile devices that are on my network and into the security I have on those mobile devices.""The solution offers very good visibility.""There is really good visibility for the appliance.""The user interface makes it easy to configure and use.""The wifi control is fantastic and makes it very easy to administer."

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Cons
"They should improve features related to IT security. ForeScout should analyze behavior to see if the behavior is malicious behavior and block this device. They should develop the ability to analyze the behavior of the device in my environment.""Search - needs boolean functionality (or pseudo operand now working).""We experienced some detection issues when checking compliance for the Sophos agent.""The ability to block external devices in Mac is lacking and needs to be added.""The solution does have a bit of complexity, and there's some complexity in the deployment. Users need to be trained before undertaking an initial setup.""The solution could always improve by adding more features to make it more robust.""The biggest disadvantage is the pricing.""It's scalable, but not without a big investment. It doesn't do so well at the branch. At the home office, it does okay and not so well at the branch."

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"The solution could increase the integration with other platforms or other systems. This would be very useful.""What needs to be improved on is the fact that Sophos consumes a lot of processor resources and, once it starts scanning, the RAM utilization is very high.""The solution could offer more useful documentation.""The difficult thing was finding the metrics.""I would like to be able to fully customize the reports.""I would like to see mobile administration capabilities in the next release so that we can administer the device from a mobile device."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Devices with multiple IP's count multiple times against your license count.""The fact that we were allowed to spin up as many servers as we had need of to support our geographic requirements while paying for licensing as an enterprise truly set Forescout apart from the crowd and improved the way we could design our access.""We went with the virtual appliance option. The biggest cost to running these types of appliances would be to either have multiple virtual appliances at every data center or running Remote SPAN hardware to provide you the real-time network visibility.""The ROI is priceless.""It might not be the cheapest solution, but you get what you pay for.""Time savings in finding rogue devices as well as identifying potentially unwanted devices on the network has saved the organization time and money.""The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are on the high side.""Forescout Platform is too expensive, so the price should be reduced."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Forescout is a very powerful NAC product that does not rely on port level configuration. It can detect and block unauthorized devices very quickly. But it has a lot of capabilities and really would… more »
Top Answer: I would rate the Forescout Device and Visibility Control Platform at a six out of ten.
Top Answer: I recommend doing a compression demo. If people use it, they will buy it. So they have to see the product in place. That's the main recommendation is to do a proof of concept. If they do, they will… more »
Top Answer: The user interface makes it easy to configure and use.
Top Answer: The pricing is okay, but the cost of scaling can be expensive if a company must buy more devices.
Top Answer: This solution needs to including machine learning and AI functionality to assist with intrusion prevention. In Indonesia, there are a lot of false positives. For example, many websites from our… more »
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Also Known As
Forescout Platform, CounterACT for Endpoint Compliance, ForeScout CounterACT
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Overview

ForeScout offers Global 2000 enterprises and government organizations the unique ability to see devices, including non-traditional devices, the instant they connect to the network. Equally important, ForeScout lets you control these devices and orchestrate information sharing and operation among disparate security tools to accelerate incident response. Unlike traditional security alternatives, ForeScout achieves this without requiring software agents or previous device knowledge. The company’s solutions integrate with leading network, security, mobility and IT management products to overcome security silos, automate workflows and enable significant cost savings.

Sophos NAC Provides comprehensive, easy-to-deploy network access control that protects enterprise networks from the threats posed by non-compliant, compromised, or misconfigured endpoint computers. The software solution is vendor-neutral and works with existing network infrastructure and security applications. Computers are permitted or denied access to the network, based on a centrally defined, policy-driven assessment - and isolated, quarantined for remediation, automatically remediated, or sent alerts. Administrators can define and manage policies uniquely for managed and guest computers, including checking their security status and ensuring that no unwanted applications are run.
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Sample Customers
NHS Sussex, SAP, SEGA, Vistaprint, Miami Children's Hospital, Pioneer Investments, New York Law School, OmnicomGroup, MeritrustRushmoor Borough Council
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm21%
Government17%
Energy/Utilities Company8%
Manufacturing Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider24%
Computer Software Company23%
Government7%
Energy/Utilities Company5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider26%
Computer Software Company15%
Government12%
Retailer6%
Company Size
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Small Business30%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise51%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business12%
Midsize Enterprise8%
Large Enterprise80%
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Small Business71%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise14%
Find out what your peers are saying about Forescout Platform vs. Sophos Network Access Control and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
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Forescout Platform is ranked 2nd in Network Access Control with 18 reviews while Sophos Network Access Control is ranked 5th in Network Access Control with 6 reviews. Forescout Platform is rated 8.8, while Sophos Network Access Control is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Forescout Platform writes "Identifying potentially unwanted devices on the network has saved the organization time and money". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sophos Network Access Control writes "Integrates endpoints and firewall: Endpoints missing a patch will be disconnected from the network". Forescout Platform is most compared with Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine), Aruba ClearPass, Armis, Fortinet FortiNAC and CyberX, whereas Sophos Network Access Control is most compared with Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine), Aruba ClearPass, ExtremeControl, Fortinet FortiNAC and Ruckus Cloudpath. See our Forescout Platform vs. Sophos Network Access Control report.

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