Upcoming Webinar: Visibility as a Service

If you can’t see every device on your network, you can’t defend against it, nor can you track it. Visibility as a Service from NWRDC, by ForeScout, is a device visibility platform that lets you see devices the instant they connect to your network, without requiring software agents or previous device knowledge. Our unique, agentless approach makes a comprehensive range of devices visible:  managed and unmanaged, corporate and personal, wired and wireless, even rogue hardware, IoT devices and operational technologies. In this session, you’ll learn how ForeScout CounterACT® is able to see devices when they connect, what properties are gathered from those devices, how you can leverage those data elements in determining compliance, and ultimately how to mitigate any device-based risks by restricting or eliminating the access to the network.

Visibility as a Service
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

NWRDC Adds City, County and Local Gov’t Representative to Policy Board

Chair Mehran Basiratmand welcomed new City, County and Local Government Representative Sandra Stevens to the Policy Board at their annual meeting in July.  Ms. Stevens is the IT Director for the City of Boca Raton, where her consolidated technology team supports the city’s police, fire, utility services and administration.  Boca Raton is one of the center’s offsite backup service customers.  Ms. Stevens is the first board member to represent a cohort of cities, counties and local governments. Welcome Sandra!

Policy Board Approves FY 2018/19 Rates

On July 27, 2018, the NWRDC Policy Board unanimously approved a $14,761,930 budget for FY 2018/19. An additional $6,481,968 was established for the Contract Management budget, which includes all pass-through reseller services such as ForeScout, CenturyLink, TelaForce, and SecureWorks.  All proposed rates for FY 2018/19 were adopted.  Please visit our updated service catalog to view our current rates.

NWRDC Icon Retires After 45 Years

Steve Menard and his wife, Ann.

Mainframe icon, Steve Menard, retired on February 28th after forty-five years of dedicated service to NWRDC and its customers. At the February 2018 Policy Board meeting, the raised floor room that houses the IBM Mainframe was named in honor of Steve’s distinguished career.

NWRDC Adds ForeScout CounterACT® to its Service Catalog

Northwest Regional Data Center (NWRDC) has partnered with SHI International to bring the ForeScout CounterACT® solution to our service catalog. Unlike traditional network security tools, CounterACT can protect networks against the increasing number of insider threats, including wireless and BYOD users, Internet of Things (IoT) devices and rogue devices. CounterACT is an agentless physical or virtual security appliance that dynamically identifies and evaluates network endpoints and applications the instant they connect to a network. It determines the user, owner, operating system, device configuration, software, services, patch state and the presence of security agents, while providing remediation, control and continuous monitoring of these devices. Should a device fail compliance, numerous action-based policies can be taken by alerting administrators, triggering remediation or isolation, and limiting or fully blocking network layer access.

CounterACT performs these actions on corporate, non-corporate, BYOD endpoints and non-traditional devices without requiring software agents or previous device knowledge. It deploys quickly into existing environments and rarely requires infrastructure changes, upgrades or endpoint reconfiguration.

Serving public and not-for-profit entities for over forty-five years, the NWRDC is one of Florida’s leading computing providers for government and educational communities. NWRDC’s status as an auxiliary of Florida State University allows public entities to contract directly with us for a number of IT support solutions without engaging in a lengthy procurement bid process. 

Contact NWRDC to discuss your individual service needs and requirements. We will work with SHI to develop a scope of work and detailed price quote for your CounterACT solution. Please visit our service catalog at http://www.nwrdc.fsu.edu/servicecatalog to learn more about ForeScout CounterACT and our other range of offerings.

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