Aruba claims network access changes will improve mobile security

Wireless switch vendor Aruba Networks has made two enhancements in Network Access Control (NAC) which it says will allow it to control the security risks posed by wayward mobile devices.

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Wireless switch vendor Aruba Networks has made two enhancements in Network Access Control (NAC), which it says will allow it to control the security risks posed by wayward mobile devices.

NAC is the process whereby devices are checked for security risks prior to admission onto a network. Earlier this year, security giant Symantec warned that smartphones would soon be just as vulnerable to attack as PCs are today.

But Aruba believes its interoperability with third-party network access control solutions, as well as its new Endpoint Compliance System, can lessen these vulnerabilities.

Firstly, Aruba says that it has verified the interoperability of its networks with the three leading NAC solutions, namely Microsoft’s Network Access Protection (NAP), Juniper’s Unified Access Control (UAC), and Cisco’s Network Admission Control (NAC).

According to Aruba the identity-based access feature of its Mobility Controller authenticates users through the Active Directory, RADIUS, and LDAP databases used by these platforms. As a result all three NAC platforms can compare device security settings against enterprise security policies such as the anti-virus software version, firewall settings or operating system patches.

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