PacketFence – Free, Open Source Network Access Control (NAC) System


PacketFence is a fully supported, trusted, Free and Open Source network access control (NAC) system. Boasting an impressive feature set including a captive-portal for registration and remediation, centralized wired and wireless management, 802.1X support, layer-2 isolation of problematic devices, integration with the Snort IDS and the Nessus vulnerability scanner; PacketFence can be used to effectively secure networks – from small to very large heterogeneous networks. Among the different markets are:

  • banks
  • colleges and universities
  • engineering companies
  • manufacturing businesses
  • school boards (K-12)

.. and many more!

Why do I need PacketFence?

If your network is a breeding ground for worms, PacketFence is for you. If you have no idea who connects to your network and who owns a particular computer, PacketFence is for you. If you have no way of mapping a network policy violation to a user, PacketFence is for you.


Released under the GPL, PacketFence is built using trusted open-source components that allows it to offer an impressive amount of features.

Examples

What are some of the things you can do with PacketFence you may ask, well you can:

  • Block iPods wireless access
  • Forbid rogue access points
  • Perform compliance checks
  • Eliminate Peer-to-Peer traffic
  • Provide guest access
  • Simplify VLAN management

You can download PacketFence here:

packetfence-2.1.0.tar.gz

Or read more here.

Posted in: Countermeasures, Networking Hacking, Security Software


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