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Michael Varga
Real User
IS-Operations Security Analyst at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Feb 22 2019

What is most valuable?

* Network Access Control, its core use * Asset Intelligence for deskside * "What port is it plugged into" intelligence for deskside * Patch-level Auditing * Emergency… more»

How has it helped my organization?

* Immediate relocation of network devices to segregated "Vendor" network based on autonomous analysis. Prevents scanning, malware spread, corporate asset (i.e. printer)… more»

What needs improvement?

* JAVA Memory management - leaving the app running for multiple days requires relaunch * Search - needs boolean functionality (or psudeau operand now working)

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Forescout's flex licensing has made our deployment more agile and helps us adapt our environment without buying more hardware. Under their old model, licensing was tied to… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

No previous solution was used.

What other advice do I have?

If you have distributed services (DHCP), strategically ensure you generate reliable traffic to establish timely inspections. We've avoided the use of traps by centralizing… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

This was chosen without hands-on evaluation based on reviews and industry feedback.
RobertoMarinozzi
Real User
System Engineer at Maticmind S.p.A.
Dec 02 2019

What is most valuable?

The last two or three versions that have been released on CounterACT Forescout have allowed for the possibility to search for any kind of device. Before that, I could only search for guest domain… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It permit to treats the access policy without lists of macaddresses but by mean a dynamic policy it permits to discover and classify a lot of devices that the organization forgets to have to manage

What needs improvement?

For the user, the policy that they have implemented sometimes needs adjustments. Sometimes the features that the customer asks for aren't involved in the main installation, and I need to bolt an… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I have noticed that in the last year the license model has changed from licensing the whole appliance to licensing the number of devices. It's more simple for a large installation, or a user to have… more»

What other advice do I have?

I have installed the solution for two customers. For one, I have used the CounterACT CT 1000. In another environment, I did a more complex installation and I have used the appliances and management in… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

no, I have used only forescout and I haven't need to use anything else
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Ricardo Martins
Real User
Network System Administrator at Compugraf
Feb 13 2019

What is most valuable?

I can create granular policies. This is amazing. I really appreciate the granularity to create policies.

How has it helped my organization?

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.

What needs improvement?

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… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We switched because ForeScout is the best tool for Mac.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten because it's the best solution. I would advise someone considering this or a similar solution to make sure that the solution works with a lot of vendors… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at Fortinet.
Manuel Keller
Consultant
Managing Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Oct 18 2018

What do you think of ForeScout CounterACT?

What is our primary use case?

Obtaining visibility into the network and connected devices is very simple with this tool. It takes me three minutes to do a base deployment when all the parameters are available.

How has it helped my organization?

The reporting for audits start with the knowledge of the devices in the network and the services running on them. ForeScout provides the foundation for the needed information.

What is most valuable?

Using passive and active methods to learn about the network. Even hybrid parts, like production, can be discovered with the passive method, while the office LAN can be discovered with both.

What needs improvement?

Multitenancy should be included in the next version so it could be used as a managed service provider.

For how long have I

Olugbenro Iluyemi MSOR, CCNA-Security, SENSS, ITIL V3
Real User
Network and Security Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Nov 25 2018

What do you think of ForeScout CounterACT?

What is our primary use case?

Primarily used to define which host to admit onto the network, by tying a policy to the MAC address.

How has it helped my organization?

Identifying issues on why some hosts are not on the network, and assisting with possible remediation options.

What is most valuable?

SNMP Traps on switches Getting the MAC address of the host from the ARP table of the switch and applying policy.

What needs improvement?

Battled with the use of SNMP v1 instead of v2c Direct web interface rather than installation of a client.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.
Real User
Director of Information Technology at a government with 10,001+ employees
Jan 09 2020

What do you think of ForeScout CounterACT?

What is our primary use case?

We needed this solution in order to block rogue devices (laptops, phones, etc) and block external devices.

How has it helped my organization?

ForeScout has given us the ability to block unwanted devices.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the blocking of USB devices.

What needs improvement?

The ability to block external devices in Mac is lacking and needs to be added.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using ForeScout CounterACT for three years.
Anestis Mantzouranis
Real User
Founder with 1-10 employees
Jul 15 2019

What do you think of ForeScout CounterACT?

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution for Network Access Control to prevent rogue devices connecting into the network.

How has it helped my organization?

This product allows monitoring and control of the PC fleet across the company.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are remote access and administration scripts.

What needs improvement?

We experienced some detection issues when checking compliance for the Sophos agent.

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What is ForeScout CounterACT?

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.

Also known as
CounterACT for Endpoint Compliance
ForeScout CounterACT customers

NHS Sussex, SAP, SEGA, Vistaprint, Miami Children's Hospital, Pioneer Investments, New York Law School, OmnicomGroup, Meritrust

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