How Albany County Controls its Network
The county has upgraded its network to incorporate network access control.
In an article presented on Government Computer News, it is reported that New Yorks Albany County has upgraded its network from T1 lines to fiber optic. In addition, phone service is migrating to voice over IP for the 1,500 county employees who rely on connectivity with the city of Albany's network, the states data network and all the police departments in the county.
"'We had no real visibility into what was going on,' said senior network engineer Perry Blanchard. 'We wanted to control what was coming in and going out of our network.' The county began evaluating network access control products in 2006. 'Thats what was missing in terms of control over the assets,' Blanchard said. After a year of evaluations, the county settled on CounterACT, an appliance-based tool from ForeScout, in 2007. 'Its doing what we expected and more,' Blanchard said. The tool can provide an inventory of assets on the network by tracking down their IP address and Media Access Control address. It also checks for software versions, spots devices that try to access the network from outside, and applies policies based on user identity, type of device, configuration and operating network."