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"Within three or four days, we have complete visibility of your infrastructure on the network. Compared to other solutions, the deployment of the solution is easier and we can close the project quickly.""The actions that the agentless visibility, allow us to perform on the endpoint, are really amazing, especially in the way that it is done.""Forescout Platform is stable, it is great.""Forescout Platform provides multiple features. They have a very effective device fingerprinting in their cloud. You do not need to add any devices manually, such as in Mac devices. Other solutions you have to add IoT devices and OT devices manually. This is one of the major areas that Forescout Platform is excelling in.""You can quickly filter your view of devices and zero in on the ones you want using a variety of tools, such as what subnet it is on or what it has been classified as.""The stability is amazing for the Forescout Platform. We have been using Forescout for four years, and no one complained about the stability.""The initial setup is easy, taking no more than two or three weeks.""The scalability is good."

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"Integration with other vendors is possible."

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Cons
"The reporting feature needs improvement.""When we automate an email to send to a user, sometimes it gets blocked, but that has nothing to do with Forescout. It depends on the mail gateway that we use or integrate with.""The installation is not secure because it takes high admin privileges.""Can be expensive if it's only being used for one feature.""This solution is not that easy to scale but this depends on a company's needs.""Better integration with third-party vendors is needed because as it is now, the list of third-party solutions that we can integrate and automate is quite limited.""In the next release of the solution, it could benefit from being more flexible to allow for more freedom.""Forescout Platform could improve the integration or compatibility with other solutions, such as Chinese-made solutions. They do not have any integration with S33 which is a switch. They do not have good integration with new solutions in the market. They do integrate well with Rocket, Cisco, Juniper, and quite a few more but they could expand the integration."

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"The documentation needs to be improved. There are a lot of details that are missed which makes it confusing."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Licenses are perpetual but can come with renewable support."
  • "We might have paid in the ballpark of $20,000 yearly for our licenses. I do not recall there being other fees over and above the standard licensing fee."
  • "They base the license on the number of devices, which is quite misleading."
  • "The cost of the solution depends on the customer's requirement because the customer is asking for different integration with a different product. Forescout Platform's price would start to get a bit higher. However, overall the price is a little expensive. It's can fit within the customer budget."
  • "The price of the solution is reasonable. We have paid for the license for five years. We have integration with Symantec AV for orchestration, and we have an additional license."
  • "Forescout is more expensive than Cisco because Cisco gives high discounts."
  • "We have a very clear licensing model for business. I don't have to have a Ph.D. to be able to understand the licensing model as you might need for other solutions. If I know exactly what we want, it can tell you which license you need. The solution is easy for purchasing, ordering, and ease of deployment as well."
  • "There are no additional costs that I am aware of."
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    Also Known As
    Forescout Platform, CounterACT for Endpoint Compliance, ForeScout CounterACT
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    Overview

    ForeScout Platform provides today’s busy enterprise organizations with policy and protocol management, workflow coordination, streamlining, and complete device and infrastructure visibility to improve overall network security. The solution also provides concise real-time intelligence of all devices and users on the network. Policy and protocols are delineated using gathered intelligence to facilitate the appropriate levels of remediation, compliance, network access, and all service operations. Forescout Platform is very flexible, integrates well with most of today’s leading network security products, and is a very cost-effective solution.

    ForeScout Platform Features

    • Real-time complete visibility: With ForeScout eyeSight, each and every device is classified when any attempt to access your network has been made. This includes - but is not limited to - desktops, laptops, android devices, virtual machines, switches, VoIP phones, USB memory sticks, webcams, IoT devices, and more.

    • Policy-based and manual controls: In today’s busy robust environment, networks are continually changing; there are different types and amounts of devices connected, various software applications, network compliance requirements, and the constant potential for risk make managing an IT network a very daunting challenge. The ForeScout Console is used to simplify the administration and management of important alerts, remediation, and access controls to keep the network secure.

    • Intuitive real-time dashboards: ForeScout Dashboards, a component of ForeScout WebClient, is a comprehensive web-based intelligence center that gives full visibility and real-time insight of the complete network using both out-of-the-box and user-created widgets. The dashboards are very intuitive and deliver robust, easy-to-understand information about device visibility, compliance, health monitoring, and more.

    • Advanced reporting capabilities: The ForeScout Reports Plugin will generate numerous valuable reports indicating real-time and overall status information about endpoint compliance, device details, networks guests, protocols, and more. The reports help to ensure IT administrators, executives, security teams, and other important shareholders stay well-informed about all network activity at all times.

    • Comprehensive third-party overview: ForeScout eyeExtend facilitates seamless information sharing with third-party vendors, networks, and IT management solutions supporting improved automated workflows, productivity, cost-effectiveness, and overall security.

    Real User Reviews

    An important main feature of ForeScout is the visibility the solution offers.

    One reviewer who is a Consultant at a tech services company, says, "Within three or four days, you can have complete visibility of your infrastructure on the network. Compared to other solutions, the deployment of the solution is easier and we can close the project quickly."

    Users also appreciate that the user interface is clear and easy to understand.

    An Instructor at a tech services company, shares, "The most valuable feature of the Forescout Platform is the large capacity it can handle. Additionally, the interface of the platform is good."

    Pulse Policy Secure (PPS) is a next-gen NAC that enables organizations to gain complete visibility, understand their security posture, and enforce roles-based access and endpoint security policy for network user, guest and IoT devices. Leveraging core network, mobile and security infrastructure integrations, Pulse NAC solution can streamline endpoint compliance and remediation, BYOD onboarding and IoT security, as well as automate threat response to mitigate malware, rogue device, unauthorized access and data leakage risks.

    Pulse Policy Secure is a full featured NAC that has been designed for easy deployment, convenient scalability and rapid time-to-value. Through configuration and policy creation wizards, PPS empowers administrators to simply define, implement and enforce policy with the flexibility to enable endpoint discovery, monitoring or alerting or invoke strong enforcement. Organizations gain Zero Trust access capabilities using contextual data such as user, role, device, security posture, location and behavior. Enterprises can expand coverage employing PPS extensive management, robust interoperability, high-performance appliance capabilities.

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    Sample Customers
    NHS Sussex, SAP, SEGA, Vistaprint, Miami Children's Hospital, Pioneer Investments, New York Law School, OmnicomGroup, Meritrust
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    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm18%
    Government14%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Government11%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider27%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Retailer7%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise50%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise64%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise57%
    Buyer's Guide
    Network Access Control (NAC)
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco, Aruba Networks, ForeScout and others in Network Access Control (NAC). Updated: July 2022.
    610,229 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Forescout Platform is ranked 3rd in Network Access Control (NAC) with 17 reviews while Pulse Policy Secure is ranked 13th in Network Access Control (NAC) with 1 review. Forescout Platform is rated 8.2, while Pulse Policy Secure is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of Forescout Platform writes "A straightforward setup with good technical support and good stability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Pulse Policy Secure writes "Has documentation available and can integrate with other vendors, however it's not a straightforward setup". Forescout Platform is most compared with Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine), Aruba ClearPass, Fortinet FortiNAC, Armis and Ivanti Endpoint Security for Endpoint Manager, whereas Pulse Policy Secure is most compared with Aruba ClearPass, Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) and Fortinet FortiNAC.

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