SOURCE: Impulse Point

Impulse Point

May 01, 2013 09:09 ET

Impulse Point Introduces IdentityConnect™

Agent-Free Identity Solution for BYOD Environments

TAMPA, FL--(Marketwired - May 1, 2013) - Impulse Point, provider of the industry's most scalable, and easiest to deploy and maintain BYOD management solutions, has introduced a new identity-based device registration solution, IdentityConnect™, to assist the growing need to identify, register, and track personal (BYOD) devices on the network. 

IdentityConnect™ is a bundled (hardware and software) solution able to automatically identify personal devices connecting to the network and associate the user's identity to newly assigned IP addresses. This means that users will not be asked to reauthenicate multiple times a day as their mobile device transverses a wireless network. IdentityConnect is a completely agentless solution that works across wired, wireless, or VPN networks.

IdentityConnect adds several new features especially important to BYOD and utilizes Impulse Point's SessionsTracker™ technology to deliver the real-time identity-to-device association information required to maintain "identity persistence." The solution comes complete with integration hooks to DHCP, LDAP and RADIUS so that IP address, MAC address, and user identity are easily correlated.

IdentityConnect can associate a single user to their multiple devices. This user-to-multiple-device tracking means that this information can be used to apply bandwidth allocation or firewall settings by user and across all their devices. IdentityConnect also has the ability to integrate support for third party network management devices such as web content filters, bandwidth packet shapers, next generation firewalls, and Security Event Information Management (SEIM) devices that require real-time identity-to-device correlation to deliver identity-based policies. 

The following is a summary of IdentityConnect's key features and benefits:

  • Agentless Device and Role Profiling provides visibility into user identities and device types (i.e., Windows, OS X, iOS, Android, Xbox, etc.) and when a device is connected to the network.
  • Guest User Self-Enrollment automatically provisions Internet-only network access for guests.
  • Device Enrollment allows users to self-enroll non-browser devices such as printers, e-readers, or gaming systems.
  • Identity Correlation Management provides real-time identity-to-device association and standards-based integration with third-party policy management systems.
  • Managed Support Services automatically delivers updates for device type fingerprinting within 48 hours of their official release date.
  • Commercially available replacement for "home-grown" network registration systems includes hardware/software maintenance support.
  • IdentityConnect can be easily upgraded to SafeConnect to add real-time secure posture assessment and enforcement.

Scalability, Reliability and Comprehensive Maintenance Program
IdentityConnect shares its core technology with Impulse Point's industry-leading SafeConnect™ Network Access Control (NAC) solution so administrators can rely on its successful track record and platform stability. Each appliance can support up to 10,000 concurrent devices, and can be clustered to support tens of thousands of devices making IdentityConnect an ideal replacement for homegrown network registration (i.e., "netreg") systems and existing NAC solutions that are end-of-life based on the lack of scalability and functionality to support today's rapidly expanding BYOD wireless networks.

IdentityConnect also features Impulse Point's exclusive proactive hardware and software maintenance program, which addresses the ongoing cost and risk of supporting legacy NAC and homegrown solutions. The comprehensive standard package includes 24x7 system monitoring, problem determination and resolution technical support, daily remote backups, and free software/hardware upgrades. Impulse Point provides the industry's only continuous system monitoring and update service, taking proactive corrective actions and automatically providing nightly updates on device profiling, operating systems, and remediation software updates.

"The number and diversity of mobile devices on corporate, hospital and campus networks has more than tripled over the past few years," said Andrew Cohen, CTO of Impulse Point. "IdentityConnect makes it simple for network administrators to identify device types, verify the identity of the user, and maintain a positive user experience across the entire network."

About Impulse Point
Impulse Point delivers the industry's most scalable and easiest to deploy and maintain BYOD management solutions. IdentityConnect™ and SafeConnect™ are the solutions of choice for large, diverse environments -- such as Education -- where the "Consumerization of IT" is driving the need to provide endpoint identification and security policy enforcement for a myriad of personally‐owned, non‐managed, mobile computing devices. Deployed and supported as a managed service, SafeConnect's rapid installation, network independence, and track record of reducing help desk calls results in lower total cost of ownership and reduced risk. Customers currently entrust the security of more than three million endpoints to Impulse Point. Visit www.Impulse.com or www.SimplifyBYOD.com