Bradford Networks Launches Network Access Control Platform

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Bradford.cloud can help enterprises provide secure network access for trusted mobile devices in a BYOD environment.

Bradford Networks, a company that enables secure network access for corporate-issued and employee-owned mobile devices, launched a Network Access Control (NAC) security-as-a-service offering called Bradford.cloud, which delivers the company’s on-premises network security offering in a cloud-based SaaS model, with no hardware or virtual appliance required.

Connecting via VPN through private-cloud architecture, Bradford.cloud can help enterprises provide secure network access for trusted mobile devices in a bring your own device (BYOD) environment; demonstrate compliance with regulations such as PCI and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) by providing the ability to distinguish between corporate and personal devices, and provision network access accordingly; gain an inventory of all devices, such as laptops, iPads, smartphones and users in their network environment; and automate network control and provisioning based on role, device type, geography, time of day and other factors.

The service will be sold through Bradford’s global network of managed service provider (MSP) partners, who have the option to OEM or integrate the solution into their existing suites of network and security service offerings.

"Bradford.cloud fills a distinct market need," said Mark Moretti, vice president of sales at Atrion Networking, one of the first MSPs authorized to deliver the solution. "We’re seeing strong demand among clients for greater network visibility and control over mobile devices, but many of these companies aren’t in a position to take on additional workload. By delivering network security capabilities via the cloud, Bradford is opening up an entirely new market space for us."

According to research firm Infonetics, the managed security services market will grow 13 percent in 2011—roughly four times faster than the overall IT market. By 2015, this market will reach nearly $17 billion. Research firm Gartner predicts that by 2014, 90 percent of organizations will support corporate applications on personal devices.

Dan Haley, CEO of Bradford Networks, noted that the BYOD trend is affecting all types of organizations, from small to medium-size businesses (SMBs) to large enterprises, and that a simpler, SaaS-based approach to network visibility is needed to help more companies adopt NAC. "Bradford is the only vendor that can deliver a pure SaaS solution for NAC," said Haley. "The reception we’ve had so far from MSPs and their clients has been very encouraging—we’re really excited about taking this out to the market."