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Guidance Framework for Implementing Network Access Control

Published: 29 July 2019

ID: G00386664

Analyst(s): Thomas Lintemuth


Security and risk management technical professionals are tasked with deploying NAC solutions to strengthen the security of wired and wireless networks. By combining detailed planning with the staged approach in this research, they can overcome the complexity and deployment challenges of NAC.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Stage 1: Initialization
    • Task Force
    • Policy and Administration
    • Project Goals and Use Cases
    • Architecture
    • Appliance Type
    • Redundancy
    • Licensing
    • Switch Access
    • Communication
  • Stage 2: Wireless
    • Guest Internet Access
    • Contractor Access
    • BYOD Access
    • Enterprise Device Access
  • Stage 3: Wired Prework
    • 802.1X vs. Out of Band
    • Project Success Criteria
    • Agent Selection
    • Profiling Methods
    • Actions on Connect
    • Switch Preparation
    • IoT
  • Stage 4: Wired Pilot
  • Stage 5: Wired Deployment
    • Monitoring
    • Analysis
    • Enforcement
  • Stage 6: Future Integrations
    • Posture Assessment
    • UEM
    • Asset Management
    • Ecosystem
    • IoT Risk Assessment
  • Follow-Up
    • Enable Reports
    • Develop Processes

Risks and Pitfalls

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