Show NotesEpisode #579
Federal TechTalk with John Gilroy
Date: December 18, 2018
Guest: Ellen Sundra, Vice President of Americas, Systems Engineering at Forescout Technologies, Inc. Forescout
Length: 40 minutes
Audio link: Federal Tech Talk with John Gilroy: #579
Our guest today is Ellen Sundra, Vice President of Americas, Systems Engineering at ForeScout Technologies Inc.
The discussion focuses on concepts related to managing IoT devices for federal agencies. Ellen expanded on topics like the NIST cyber framework; CDM and C2C programs; and the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence.
She started off the interview with the logical starting point – finding out what is on your network. Ellen talked about agencies that performed this basic task and discovered many unknown devices, some reports indicate up to 60% more than previously known.
With ForeScout, this process it done through something called “agentless visibility.” Essentially, an agent is an installed piece of code while an agentless method incorporates uses controls already on a systems IT servers.
Ellen expands on this concept with describing how network segmentation and endpoint compliance help network administrators get a handle on the entire system.