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Netskope enhances Netskope Security Cloud SASE platform

Netskope, a secure cloud provider announced a series of enhancements to their Netskope Security Cloud SASE platform. They include the platform’s first integration of SSPM [SaaS Security Posture Management] and cloud firewall. Remote browser isolation [RBI], which was previously available but OEMed, has been replaced with Netskope native technology. Additionally, there have been major improvements to Netskope Private Access [NPA], a cloud-native ZTNA [Zero Trust Network Access service].  

“The Netskope platform has brought some brand spanking new things with a Wow factor, and these new capabilities which we are announcing make them even more important,” said Sasi Murthy, VP of product and solutions marketing at Netskope. 

“As threat actors continue to target organizations around the world, implementing innovative security solutions is key to protecting network infrastructure,” says Ahmed Shah, senior vice president of strategic alliances at Optiv. “Collaborating with partners like Netskope allows us to help clients accelerate their digital transformation.” 

A standard architecture, common administration dashboard, user-friendly policy engine, unified client, and AI/ML intelligence are all used by the tightly integrated Netskope Security Cloud to deliver greater security, faster performance, and a lower total cost of ownership. 

For businesses transforming their security and networking to meet the needs of branch offices and a remote-first workforce, Netskope Cloud Firewall is a firewall-as-a-service solution that helps reduce complexity, lower overall operational costs, prevent a degraded user experience and accelerate time-to-value. 

Netskope Cloud Firewall is fully integrated into the Netskope Security Cloud and provides network security for all outbound ports and protocols for safe, direct-to-internet access using the Netskope client on managed devices or via GRE and IPsec tunnels for offices. Additionally, it offers 5-tuple policy controls, user and group IDs, FQDNs, and wildcards for egress firewall settings, plus seamless FTP ALG support, and full logging (TCP, UDP, ICMP) with event export, including intoNetskope Advanced Analytics. At last, also provides centralized access control, providing simplified management for users and branch offices using one console, one policy engine, and one security platform. 

Palo Alto Networks introduces enhancements in Prisma SASE 

To securely enable work-from-anywhere, Palo Alto Networks released Prisma Access 2.0, the most comprehensive cloud-delivered security platform in the market. Prisma Access 2.0 introduces critical enhancements, including self-healing infrastructure for optimal experience, ML-powered security to help prevent attacks in real-time, cloud SWG capabilities for a secure web gateway regardless of user location, and a reimagined cloud management experience, in response to the ongoing need for work to be done securely everywhere with no compromise on speed, security, or performance. 

Anand Oswal, senior vice president, and general manager, of Firewall as a Platform, Palo Alto Networks said, “Remote work is now a critical long-term strategy for most organizations globally. As such, secure access to all apps with an optimized user experience has become a business necessity. To achieve this, organizations have to rethink their security architecture and move towards a cloud-delivered security model that can connect any user, to any application, from anywhere.” 

A new cloud management experience is one of Prisma Access 2.0’s most significant performance, security, and management upgrades. By introducing a cloud-based management experience that outperforms the competition by offering real-time security updates and best practices, Prisma Access 2.0 ensures the best possible security outcomes. Additionally, it offers a brand-new autonomous Digital Experience Management (DEM) where Prisma Access 2.0 can provide a self-healing architecture that automatically fixes network issues, assisting in ensuring an outstanding digital experience for distant workers. 

Another improvement is the new ML-powered security, where Prisma Access 2.0 uses inline machine learning to stop unknown, zero-day attacks in real-time, and the new cloud secure web gateway (SWG) capability, where Palo Alto Networks has added an explicit proxy to the Prisma Access Cloud SWG — so users can easily switch from legacy proxy-based solutions to a full cloud-delivered security platform without the need for network architecture changes. Customers can quickly upgrade to a more secure connection method in Prisma Access over time, protecting not just the web but also all apps, ports, and protocols. The final improvement is the platform support for CloudBlades API-based third-party services integration across the SASE solution. The first RBI services from top manufacturers to enable remote browser isolation are made possible by CloudBlades in Prisma Access 2.0. These services are qualified third-party security and infrastructure services that can be quickly and simply integrated. 

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Colt launches Colt SASE Gateway Solution!

Colt Technology Services strives to change the way the world works by harnessing the power of connectivity – taking what has always been in its DNA to enable customer success. With the release of its new Colt SASE Gateway solution, customers now have access to an integrated full Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) solution that combines SD-WAN and SSE features.

The Colt Gateway solution is designed for global enterprise companies and is based on Versa SASE, which includes Versa Secure Web Gateway, a secure web access solution that offers organizations protection from malware and threats, and instant insight for policy management, and reduces end-user friction to access cloud-based applications securely.

Peter Coppens, Colt’s VP Product Portfolio, said: “Colt was one of the first to offer a true SD WAN service in Europe many years ago, and now we extend our offering further with the launch of a full SD WAN-integrated SASE solution, powered by Versa. It comes as a result of the changes in how people are working and accessing systems, combined with increasingly complex enterprise networks and rapidly changing security threats. We see our customers looking to move away from more traditional network security solutions to a SASE approach. This brings together networking and security to offer secure access for employees no matter where they are and how they’re accessing the company network.”

This initiative is in response to the growing popularity of hybrid working and cloud deployments, as well as increasing enterprise network complexity and a rapidly evolving security threat landscape, all of which indicate that enterprises can no longer rely on traditional solutions to keep their systems secure. As a result, they are increasingly considering using a SASE approach, which combines networking and security to provide dynamic, secure access for employees regardless of where they are or what device they are using to access the network.

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SASE in 2022!

SASE in 2022!

Secure access service edge (SASE) is a cloud-delivered solution that combines networking capabilities with cloud security functions. It securely links people, systems, and endpoints to applications and services anywhere in the world. These are offered as a cloud service and may be controlled centrally to accommodate today’s agile operations.

But why do organizations need it?

Traditional networks are designed based on location and perimeter. Firewalls and other security applications are often installed on the network perimeter between the organization’s network and the untrusted Internet. The dynamic nature of cloud-based services like Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and the rise of globally distributed customers and workforce make these location and perimeter-based architectures difficult to adapt. Multiple network and security point solutions, such as secure web gateways and firewalls become more complex resulting in a lack of interoperability.

Traditional Networks – Traditionally, networks are designed based on location and perimeter. Firewalls and similar security applications are installed between the organization’s network and the untrusted internet to secure these. However, the addition of dynamic cloud-based services like SaaS, and the widespread global distribution of customers and workforces pose a slight hurdle for perimeter-based architectures. The volume of network and end-point security solutions, such as web gateways and firewalls, accumulated to ensure complete safety often results in unnecessary complexities and a serious lack of interoperability. To serve the digital business today and in the future, large groups of remote IT architecture had to grow beyond traditional solutions, the way organizations inspected traffic and enforce policies had to improve, and business firms had to rethink how they would network and protect their offices, customers, and services against the changes that cloud and mobility brought about.

SASE is a new System – SASE puts network controls on the cloud edge (SASE Edge). Rather than configuring processes from networking hardware or layering cloud services that require separate setup and management, SASE facilitates network and security services to create a secure and transparent network edge enabling them to be configured across an entire network. Organizations can expand their network perimeter globally to any client or office by employing zero trust access policies on the edge of the cloud network (SASE Edge). SASE architecture is constructed on top of a worldwide network to make customers’ experiences seamless.

Some of the noteworthy features of SASE are:

Identity-Based and Zero-trust Network Security – SASE relies heavily on “zero-trust”, which means the elimination of the concept of trust even if they are already within an organization’s network’s perimeter. In this, a user’s identity is checked before they are granted access restricted to only the resources required. Secure access is the main component of SASE architecture, it is based on various parameters like IP address, time of the day, risk assessed, etc.

A Cloud-Based Service Model – Elasticity, adaptability, and maintenance – the advantages of a cloud-native architecture, are also applicable to SASE. By combining multiple point products into a single solution, to simplify network and security applications, organizations can lower the total costs of purchase and maintenance of network and security infrastructure.
Secure web gateways (SWG) filter inappropriate content from internet traffic, block unauthorized users’ activity and enforce security policies to avoid cyber-attacks. Firewall-as-a-Service (FWaaS) refers to firewalls included as a service in the cloud. FWaaS guards against cyber threats on cloud-based platforms is a suite of security features that includes IP address filtering, intrusion detection and prevention, and consistent monitoring of network traffic.

Software-Defined Wide-Area Network (SD-WAN) – SD-WAN can easily handle a variety of connections and route traffic over the most efficient path. It is designed to meet the evolving needs of enterprise networks brought on by the emergence of the cloud and the Internet. SD-WAN is used to connect to the cloud. SD-WAN is being adopted by businesses to link branch offices to their business network and to improve efficiency and user experience.

Comprehensive Cross-Functionality- Organizations can simplify their IT infrastructure by reducing the number of security products their IT team has to maintain. This results in the strengthening of security into a cloud-based security service. IT teams are freed from the tedious tasks of handling on-premises network infrastructure, which helps them devote expertise to business-specific issues. IT teams can use network and security integration simultaneously on a single platform to handle all functionality and policies. Cross-team coordination enhances overall service quality for an enterprise. SASE helps organizations to set, track, modify, and execute access policies in all locations, rather than managing different policies for separate locations.

One needs a network that just works constantly delivering smooth and reliable access to keep them safe. They are hence expected to be productive without compromising their experience. Users expect constant access to the resources since working from anywhere has become the norm. This is what a SASE structure promises, and is unquestionably a bright point for the future of security.

Palo Alto Network CASB Helps Organizations Enable Safe Adoption Of Saas

The Next-Generation CASB (Cloud Access Security Broker) from Palo Alto Networks raises the bar in SaaS security to support today’s hybrid work solutions.

Security teams are striving to keep firm’s network secure as cloud apps, particularly modern collaboration technologies, fuel a fast expanding hybrid workforce. Many of today’s go-to technologies lack effective protections since legacy SaaS security solutions emphasize on compliance rather than security and were created when the universe of apps was considerably smaller and more predictable.

The Next-Generation CASB from Palo Alto Networks enables enterprises to safely deploy SaaS by automatically securing new apps, properly protecting critical data in real time, and blocking known and unknown attacks with best-in-class threat detection and prevention.

“SaaS applications have become far too important and popular for a superficial approach to security. In addition, while collaboration apps are now the lifeblood of hybrid and remote workforces’ productivity, traditional SaaS security has not focused on these apps or kept up with this change. Palo Alto Networks new Next-Generation CASB solves this using the latest technologies such as machine learning and natural language processing to find new apps and watch for potential security issues — giving organizations a modern, spectacular CASB designed for today’s SaaS environment,” said Anand Oswal, senior vice president of Network Security for Palo Alto Networks.

The Next-Generation CASB has been completely integrated with Prisma SASE, the industry’s most comprehensive SASE solution, as well as all form factors of Palo Alto Networks’ leading Next-Generation Firewalls, to deliver the following benefits:

Thousands of SaaS apps are automatically detected and secured, including the sector’s large number of unsanctioned, tolerated, and sanctioned apps, such as collaboration apps.

Protect sensitive data properly and in real time with the industry’s most comprehensive cloud-delivered business DLP, which now includes machine learning (ML), superior optical character recognition (OCR), and natural language processing (NLP).

Stop known, unknown, and zero-day threats with the industry’s most comprehensive cloud-based security technology, built on 15 years of malware analysis and prevention innovation.

“Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation CASB represents an updated approach to cloud access security brokers (CASB), designed to align with changing enterprise needs. “Through integrations with Palo Alto Networks Prisma SASE and Next-Generation Firewalls, Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation CASB provides a simpler and more cost- effective approach to CASB, while maintaining the broad application visibility and accurate threat and content inspection organizations require to secure the usage of cloud applications,” said ESG Senior Analyst John Grady.

AT&T Cybersecurity Offers New SASE Solution to Connect and Protect the Multi-Cloud, Hybrid Enterprise

AT&T is adding a new product to its global, managed Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) portfolio. AT&T SASE with Cisco is a converged network and security management platform that contains software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) technology and security capabilities to connect and protect businesses. Expert policy design and configuration, as well as 24/7 network control, are all included in the full package. Organizations may boost cloud adoption with AT&T SASE with Cisco by providing efficient, highly secure, and dependable digital experiences.

Why is this important?

The requirements for business connectivity are evolving. Employees are connecting from more locations and devices, whether it’s to assist the remote workforce during a worldwide pandemic or to link and defend branch offices, labs, or manufacturing facilities. Expectations on experiences are rising and IT teams are pushed. Networks must be able to meet increased bandwidth demands, which are being driven mostly by new cloud applications and edge computing. Companies must also be able to track and protect sensitive data throughout the network while providing an excellent user experience.

Company must be able to innovate in this new mixed workplace. This implies allowing people to connect and collaborate at any time and from any location.

What makes this new SASE solution different?

AT&T and Cisco’s combined networking and security expertise offer a unique perspective, providing a future-ready, unified solution from a single source. AT&T SASE with Cisco allows for site-by-site network optimization and dynamic traffic routing over numerous wide area network connections. These features, when combined with unified security controls, enable businesses to cut the time and cost of provisioning, managing, and scaling new connections to meet business objectives.

Organizations can regulate access for any device connected to any network via centralised visibility. In businesses such as healthcare, this functionality is crucial for validating user access to patient data. The AT&T SASE with Cisco solution delivers accurate, identity-based permissions for every session to confirm the health of devices. For the hybrid workforce, AT&T SASE with Cisco enables highly secure, direct connectivity to the web and SaaS applications. Remote users get a quick, reliable path to the cloud for enhanced computing experiences thanks to performance improvements at the edge.

AT&T Cybersecurity Consulting provides professional services to assist customers in through the SASE process.

“While SASE continues to generate significant interest in the market, the nature of the initiative leaves many users wondering where to begin and which vendors to engage with. Choosing proven network and security technologies is a good start, but working with managed service providers, especially those offering strategy, design, and implementation services, can help organizations accelerate their adoption of SASE and ultimately reduce time to value,” said John Grady, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group.

“As a leading MSSP and trusted advisor, it’s important to provide customers with a choice of managed SASE solutions to meet their unique needs. Through our collaboration with Cisco, we’re offering an integrated, modern solution that addresses the connectivity and security demands of a multi-cloud, network environment while enabling innovation,” said Rupesh Chokshi, VP, AT&T Cybersecurity.

“The shift to remote work has accelerated the need for SASE solutions, so that users and devices are secure anywhere they work. The AT&T SASE with Cisco offer will provide customers with an innovative way to gain seamless, secure access to any application, from any location in a way that is straightforward to procure, easy to set up, and simple to use and manage through a single cloud dashboard,” Shailaja Shankar, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cisco Security Business Group.

Cyolo Raises $21 Million in Series A funding to Grow Zero-Effort Zero-Trust Solutions

Cyolo, a developer of a Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) 2.0 solution for businesses, announced that it has raised $21 million in a Series A funding round led by Glilot Capital Partners, with investments from National Grid Partners and Merlin Ventures, as well as current investors Flint Capital, Global Founders Capital, and Differential Ventures.

Organizations are more vulnerable than ever before to breaches and vulnerabilities, which can result in long-term financial and reputational loss. Many governments around the world are now acting quickly to improve cybersecurity by hastening the adoption of new security best practices based on Zero Trust connectivity. Cyolo’s solution offers a new and innovative method to link users to their workplace environment by eliminating transitive trust and continuously verifying and authorising every endpoint, user and identity before and after granting them access to any organizational resource or app.

Cyolo is the first Zero Trust solution that spans both IT and Operational Technology (OT). It has zero access or insight into client data, leaving no vulnerability and assuring that enterprises do not compromise on data or company secrets. The company’s ZTNA 2.0 enables IT and security teams, SASE providers, and MSSPs to quickly deploy the most secure Zero Trust connection solution into any existing environment without requiring any infrastructure changes, lowering the risk to an organization’s digital assets and data.

“Cyolo is solving a critical problem by giving organizations an agile and easy-to-integrate solution that allows them to have full visibility and control. The timing is right to expand into new markets, and this investment enables us to further execute our vision of transforming secure connectivity from network-based to identity-based, in order to provide organizations with a solution for their current and future needs. This round will allow us to accelerate growth and R&D efforts, and help new customers easily navigate the transition to Zero Trust,” said Almog Apirion, CEO and co-founder of Cyolo.

Glilot Capital is one of Israel’s top performing VC funds with a focus on cybersecurity and enterprise software, and the investment in Cyolo was made by Glilot+, Glilot Capital’s recently raised $180M early-growth fund. “We are very excited to join the journey of Cyolo. We have been tracking Cyolo and other Zero Trust technologies for quite some time and Cyolo’s product execution is the best we’ve seen. Cyolo has grown exponentially and its roadmap and vision for the future of secure connectivity aligns with market needs. We are excited to support the company as it enters its next phase of growth,” said Kobi Samboursky, Glilot Capital Partners Co-founder and Managing Partner.

“By simplifying complex environments and enabling organizations to secure their digital assets in a distributed and multi-cloud environment, Cyolo’s flexible model integrates with existing technologies to ensure the safety of sensitive data and digital processes. This cutting-edge solution enables organizations to create their own distributed cloud based on identities,” said Sergey Gribov, Flint Capital Partner.

Over the past year, Cyolo has doubled its value quarter-by-quarter and has been rapidly Cyolo has been aggressively establishing collaborations with worldwide clients and service providers over the last year, doubling its value quarter after quarter.