Securing IoT devices: Fortinet’s FortiNAC automates the process

Networks access control (NAC) has been a market in the making for almost 15 years, seeing many starts and stops along the way. Despite the promise of making it easier to automate the onboarding of devices, the technology has largely flopped, with vendor after vendor falling by the wayside, making it a classic example of a solution looking for a problem. One would have thought that bring your own device (BYOD) would have been a driver, but security professionals found other ways to safely onboard mobile phones and tablets.

IoT makes NAC a must-have security tool

It appears the long, quixotic journey for NAC has finally ended, though, as the problem of securing Internet of Things (IoT) devices is driving greater interest in NAC and is the exact problem that NAC was designed to solve.

IoT poses some particularly unique challenges for security teams, the biggest of which is the IoT devices are often under the control of the operational technology (OT) teams. This causes a huge issue because the security organization often has no idea what devices are connected to the network they are tasked with securing.