[unisog] Network Acces systems?

Simon Kissler Simon.Kissler at valpo.edu
Sat Nov 19 19:47:35 GMT 2005


we've just deployed Cisco Clean Access at the beginning of this semester 
and are overall very satisfied with it. It has a small number of 
(to-be-expected in any new implementation) quirks that we had to iron 
out, but we have been mostly quite impressed with the product. We _are_ 
a Cisco shop (not exclusively, but we have about 40% Cisco elements in 
our network).

The implementation has cut down on the number of ill-maintained machines 
and with it the resulting service calls for virus infection and other 
related security incidents. It has also uncovered how few people were 
heeding our policy to keep their systems updated. This was our primary 
aim in investing in CCA. We have found that with its implementation we 
have also gained a better view of usage patterns on our network and are 
using that information now for strategic planning as well as short-term 
resource allocation.

One thing that has been impressive in our experience has been the 
responsiveness and quality of answers received from Cisco's support team 
for this product as well as the usefulness of the user community through 
the mailing list already mentioned.


Matt Ashfield wrote:
> Hi
> We're in the process of researching our options as far as Network Access
> systems go. Specifically, products like Bradford Campus Manager,
> StillSecure, Sygate, Cisco CleanAccess (although we're not a cisco shop, so
> probably not) or other varations.
> We're looking for a system that can clean/scrub/quarantine bad machines and
> do such a check on a regular basis. If it could be coupled with some form of
> authentication, that would be bonus.
> I'm just wondering if anyone out there has any experience with these
> products on their campus, and if so, what have been the results so far.
> Thanks,
> Matt Ashfield
> mda at unb.ca 
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