Microsoft Improves Security Policy Compliance With Network Access Protection
With 71,000 highly mobile users worldwide, Microsoft wanted a new way to measure and improve its 300,000+ client computers' compliance with corporate security policies. The company deployed Network Access Protection (NAP), a feature of the Windows Server 2008 operating system, to improve the security policy compliance of its desktop computers, roaming portable computers, visiting portable computers, and unmanaged home computers. Now Microsoft is increasing compliance with security policies and adding efficiency to its security management process. The company also benefits from the scalability of NAP and the flexibility to deploy it for a variety of access scenarios - including virtual private network connections, Internet Protocol security access, and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol address configurations - with varying levels of implementation.