Netskope announced significant improvements to Netskope Private Access, the zero-trust network access (ZTNA) foundation of its security platform. Customers of Netskope can now apply zero trust principles to the broadest range of hybrid work security requirements, including SaaS, IaaS, private applications, web, e-mail, and endpoint devices.

In hybrid work environments, enterprises are rapidly adopting Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) technology architecture. ZTNA is critical to SASE, it enables organizations to transition from legacy remote access VPN infrastructure to a modern, efficient, and secure infrastructure.

Netskope Private Access, which provides ZTNA services, is an essential component of the Netskope Intelligent SSE platform. It connects users to corporate resources anywhere, using any device, and continuously evaluates context and adapts to reduce risk. This context has now been extended to the enterprise data layer, leveraging Netskope’s unified DLP capabilities. Netskope provides advanced data protection capabilities, which are highlighted as an area where other SASE and SSE vendors fall short.

John Martin, Chief Product Officer at Netskope stated, “Enterprises need data-centric ZTNA—period. Private applications often house some of an organization’s most valuable information, including trade secrets and code repositories, and are an absolute must for comprehensive data protection capabilities. These key enhancements to Netskope Private Access extend Netskope’s award-winning zero-trust data protection capabilities that much further, offering enterprises multiple options to protect the information, from inspecting private application traffic to applying DLP in risky use cases such as third-party access and BYOD.”

A hybrid work environment needs the ability to apply zero trust principles to govern user, device, network, application, and data behavior, thereby increasing confidence in policy enforcement everywhere. Under zero trust, technology resources no longer implicitly trust any entity seeking to connect. The resource can determine an appropriate level of confidence, or trust, only for that specific interaction and by evaluating several contextual elements such as user role and identity, device identity and security posture, time of day, data sensitivity level, and more. Businesses become more agile, reduce risk, and streamline application deployment and ongoing maintenance because of using Netskope Intelligent SSE with zero trust data protection throughout.

Chris Rodriguez, Research Director of Security & Trust at IDC stated, “Zero trust network access is all about optimizing the balance of enabling access and mitigating risk, and the most effective ZTNA solutions, including Netskope Private Access, help reduce the risk and exposure associated with legacy remote-access VPNs. Enterprises should be pleased to see that Netskope continues to innovate and has now added capabilities to strengthen data protection policies across the widest range of use cases, from SaaS to private apps.”

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