Deployments of network access control (NAC) systems have stalled at many companies, as early adopters slow deployments to wait for the technology to mature, according to a follow-up to a study done in the spring of last year.
The study, conducted by TheInfoPro, showed that at least a third of companies interviewed had already launched NAC projects, and another 42% were likely to do so during the following 12 months.
Follow-ups at the Fortune 1000 and mid-sized companies conducted late last year revealed, however, that only 37% intended to roll out new NAC systems -- a 19% drop in the potential size of the market. Another 37% said they were unlikely to implement a project within a year.
Managers who had already launched NAC projects said the risk from easily portable computing devices that could be carried into even the most protected areas of a network was a major concern, and that a lack of interoperability among products was a deterrent.
Those who had delayed projects cited, among other reasons, long wait times for the development of specific features or interoperability, and a concern that the projects would cause a drop in productivity.
Interest in NAC remains strong, according to the study, which indicated even those unlikely to launch a project would keep an eye on the development of the technology to see if its evolution would assuage their concerns.