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Booz Allen Hamilton's Network Access Control Successfully Deployed by Force 3

August 23, 2011

All of Booz Allen Hamilton’s offices now have a successful deployment of the NAC, or Network Access Control, provided by Force 3. Unified communications, security solutions and innovative data center delivery are the key competencies of Force 3. With this latest deployment of NAC, Booz Allen has the capability to offer complete endpoint security to about 20,000 guests, users and contractors located across the United States in about 80 of their sites.

All devices that try gaining access are security enforced with the new NAC Appliance’s security policy compliance, which works in tandem with the network infrastructure from Booz Allen. Before any user can access the network, Booz Allen has the ability to ensure authorization, authentication, evaluation, and remediation of wireless, wired and remote of the user, thanks to the Cisco NAC Appliance. The entire installation of the project took about 4 months to execute, and was done by March of this year.

In a release, the Director of Data Center Solutions for Force 3, Sudhir Verma said that “Historically speaking typical deployments of this nature with such a high number of sites would take twice as long. These types of deployments or cutovers do not have to be a long, drawn out process for the customer. It can be relatively quick and painless from the customer’s perspective.”

Irvin Lainez, the Lead Associate of the Network Operations Department for Booz Allen Hamilton said that “Force 3 did an excellent job of acclimating themselves to our environment which allowed them to incorporate NAC at over 80 branch locations. Without their expertise, we would have had a difficult time deploying NAC at such a rapid pace. Force 3 has been a great partner to Booz Allen Hamilton.”

Booz Allen has been provided with enforced device security compliance, access control based on roles, and better business decision making ability using intelligence and high visibility, all with the Force 3 deployed NAC.

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Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for unified communications. To read more of Calvin’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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