The integration of macmon NAC with the Greenbone Security Manager creates a fast-acting, fully automated security concept. New devices or devices that are absent from the network for a longer period of time are automatically detected by macmon NAC and then checked for vulnerabilities by the Greenbone Security Manager. Learn more about the partnership between Greenbone Networks and macmon secure here.
Available as a physical and virtual appliance, the Greenbone Professional Edition, based on the Greenbone Security Manager (GSM), identifies security vulnerabilities in corporate IT and assesses their risk potential. In addition, the GSM recommends measures for remediating any found vulnerabilities.
The goal is to identify points of attack before cyber criminals do and thus prevent attacks. After all, practical experience shows that 999 out of 1,000 exploited vulnerabilities were already known for more than 12 months and could therefore have been closed. The solution includes a daily security update of the vulnerability tests that are run to detect the vulnerabilities. Currently, over 87,000 vulnerability tests are available. The GSM is now used in over 50,000 professional installations and integrations across all industries and company sizes. The turnkey appliance is based on open source software and can be deployed in a very short time.
Greenbone Networks has been a technology partner of macmon secure GmbH since 2018.
How does the technical partnership between macmon and Greenbone Networks work?
macmon NAC ensures that any new end devices are scanned for malware by the GSM when they are added to the corporate network and regularly evaluates the compliance status in order to protect the network. Christian Bücker, Managing Director of macmon secure GmbH, explains: „It is vital that a corporate network be scanned regularly to maintain IT security. The result of this scan is provided by GSM and evaluated at regular intervals by macmon NAC. If the device complies with company policies, it will be permitted to access the corporate network. If the device does not comply with the policies, macmon NAC can isolate the endpoint by means of a configurable response or disconnect it from the network and notify the administrator. This ensures that network access control is fully compliant at all times.“
macmon NAC recognizes new and known endpoints and initiates scans
New devices are constantly being added to a corporate network. An administrator usually ensures that a new device is not infected with malicious code and does not pose a threat to data integrity or network security. macmon NAC detects a new endpoint when it is connected to the network and instructs the GSM to perform a scan. Depending on the result of this scan, access is either granted or denied.
macmon NAC also detects a known endpoint and initiates a scan by the GSM if the device has been disconnected from the network for too long. Some endpoints cannot be scanned regularly because they are not permanently connected to the corporate network.
For example, an employee in the field can be away from home for days or weeks. When the employee returns home, the endpoint reconnects to the corporate network, macmon NAC detects the device and instructs the GSM to perform a scan. The result of this scan is provided by the GSM: if the device complies with company policies, it will be permitted to access the corporate network.If it is not, macmon NAC can isolate the end device with a configured response, just as it would for a new end device, and again notify the administrator.
macmon NAC thus regularly checks the integrity of new and temporarily disconnected endpoints, according to the time period specified by the user.
The CEOs of macmon secure and Greenbone Networks confirm the benefits of the partnership for the security of their customers
Dr. Jan-Oliver Wagner, CEO and co-founder of Greenbone Networks: „Both macmon and Greenbone pay attention to fast, fully automated response to ensure compliance with security policies. Attackers also use automation. We counter them with an individual system team acting according to customer specifications. Potential attack surfaces are quickly and specifically isolated, checked and released. Even at 2 a.m. at night. The strengths of both companies complement each other perfectly to ensure the greatest possible security for customers.“
Christian Bücker, Managing Director of macmon secure, comments: „The great advantage of this integration is that as soon as macmon NAC detects the presence of an endpoint, a scan is carried out immediately and fully automatically. If the device is not compliant, macmon NAC is informed directly and responds immediately and automatically with a device lockout or quarantine. The key to success is fast, automatic responses without the need for administrator intervention. By combining the strengths of the two solutions, the security concept will naturally be enhanced. Macmon NAC is able to detect new devices added to the network very quickly and enforce security rules on behalf of Greenbone where it is not able to enforce these rules itself. Greenbone, on the other hand, is highly adept at identifying vulnerabilities, which is not macmon’s area of expertise.“
Integrating the Greenbone Security Manager with macmon NAC is easily done through macmon NAC’s web interface.