Partner Perspectives: Put Access Control in Context with ClearPass and Carbon Black

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Paul Kaspian is a Senior Product & Solutions Marketing Manager for Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company.

Strengthen your security defenses by considering endpoint context in access control decisions.

As enterprise security continues to evolve, organizations are constantly deploying new technologies and solutions to keep up with changing threats. As our security infrastructures become increasingly complex, integrating security tools becomes paramount for a couple of reasons:

  • Operating an arsenal of security products in silos is simply not sustainable.
  • The more integrated your security infrastructure, the better you can leverage your investments and increase your overall levels of security.


Let’s take a look at how combining access control with endpoint security yields synergies for both technologies.

Combining Access Control and Endpoint Context for Better Security

As a critical piece of a sound network security strategy, network access control (NAC) is the first line of defense in ensuring the right devices and users have access to the right network resources. Access control solutions such as Aruba ClearPass can enforce granular policies to accomplish this goal.

At Aruba, we utilize our 360 Secure Fabric to integrate with other best-of-breed security solutions such as Carbon Black, a leader in endpoint detection and response. This integration allows our joint customers to simplify their security infrastructure, and enables both solutions work better, providing higher levels of security.

Aruba ClearPass and Carbon Black: Context is King

Aruba and Carbon Black are excited to announce the new integration between Aruba ClearPass and CB Response.

As CB Response assesses the security posture of each endpoint in the network, ClearPass can take that data – including key endpoint attributes – to make enriched security decisions.

Key endpoint attributes include:

  • Whether the endpoint is known and managed by Carbon Black
  • If the Carbon Black software is up-to-date
  • The health status of the device
  • The last time the device checked in


All of these attributes inform the decision of whether a given endpoint should have access to the network.

Aruba ClearPass utilizes endpoint attributes provided by CB Response to make enforcement decisions.


Based on these attributes, ClearPass can take a number of different actions, from quarantining the device from the network to redirecting the device to a captive portal where the user is limited to only downloading and installing the Carbon Black agent.

Aruba ClearPass utilizes endpoint attributes provided by CB Response to make enforcement decisions

Find Out More About the Aruba and Carbon Black Partnership

To learn more about how Aruba and Carbon Black are working together, including the Aruba ClearPass and CB Response integration, please visit the Aruba 360 Security Exchange or the Carbon Black Partner Locator.

Visit the  to learn more about Aruba’s integration.

Do a deep dive into the technical details of the ClearPass integration with CB Response.

Learn more about NAC solutions in this ClearPass video.

The post Partner Perspectives: Put Access Control in Context with ClearPass and Carbon Black appeared first on Carbon Black.

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About Carbon Black, Inc.
Carbon Black is the leading provider of next-generation endpoint security. Carbon Black’s Next-Generation Antivirus (NGAV) solution, Cb Defense, leverages breakthrough prevention technology, “Streaming Prevention,” to instantly see and stop cyberattacks before they execute. Cb Defense uniquely combines breakthrough prevention with market-leading detection and response into a single, lightweight agent delivered through the cloud. With more than 7 million endpoints under management, Carbon Black has more than 2,500 customers, including 30 of the Fortune 100. These customers use Carbon Black to replace legacy antivirus, lock down critical systems, hunt threats, and protect their endpoints from the most advanced cyberattacks, including non-malware attacks.

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