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Portnox expands security solution to include IoT fingerprinting and profiling

Portnox expands security solution to include IoT fingerprinting and profiling

Portnox, a cloud-native, Zero Trust access and endpoint security solution provider, has announced the debut of its new cloud-native IoT fingerprinting and profiling solution. According to the company, Portnox’s NAC-as-a-Service subscription for businesses with 500 or more devices will include IoT fingerprinting and profiling.

This solution helps organizations of all sizes automatically onboard and enforce authentication, control and security policies across their networks for IoT devices, the company says. With so many IoT devices now in use across various industries, the need for comprehensive security solutions that can protect against threats posed by these devices is high. In fact, Juniper Research indicates that by 2024, the total number of IoT connections will rise to 83 billion. Furthermore, Ponemon Institute found that 94% of organizations believe a security incident caused by unsecured IoT devices or applications could have disastrous consequences.

“As networks become more complex and distributed, and as the number of IoT devices continues to grow, it’s becoming more and more difficult to identify and control access for these devices across a given network, let alone secure them,” said Denny LeCompte, CEO, Portnox. “As we bring our vision of simplifying access control and endpoint security for mid-market IT teams to fruition, adding a solution for IoT fingerprinting to our cloud-native platform was the natural next step.”

Portnox’s new solution uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to provide accurate IoT fingerprinting and profiling. It also features strengthened organizational Zero Trust security postures that account for all devices and access layers, both on-site and remote. The solution also has many additional features, such as fingerprint-based automatic policy mapping and the potential to use fingerprinting data to prevent MAC address spoofing. Portnox customers can also use fingerprinting information to provide EoL/EoS dates and list potential security vulnerabilities on the endpoint to augment network access and remediation policies.

In future technology, Portnox is looking into new ways to add agentless risk assessment policy enforcement and data capture options to increase IoT fingerprinting access and automate micro-segmentation and quarantining for IoT devices.

“Providing intelligent insight and visibility into IoT devices connecting to a business’s network with absolutely zero on-prem footprint required is absolutely unprecedented,” said Portnox vice president of product management Jeremy Morrill. “From somewhat basic IP phones, security cameras, printers, TVs and streaming appliances, to complex medical devices and manufacturing equipment, the need for comprehensive IoT security has never been more critical — especially as the proliferation of IP-connected devices continues to accelerate and shows no sign of slowing.”

Portnox was founded in 2007 and received $22 million in Series A Funding, led by Elsewhere Partners, earlier this year. Portnox intended to use the capital to expand its global market presence and increase its team members. After establishing its new corporate headquarters in Austin, Texas, the firm also wanted to solidify its mid-market organization presence.

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