Zscaler (NASDAQ: ZS), a cloud security company protecting thousands of customers in more than 185 countries from cyberattacks and data loss, has acquired Edgewise Networks – a pioneer in securing application-to-application communications for public clouds and data centers. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Edgewise Networks would significantly improve the security of east-west communication by verifying the identity of application software, services and processes. This would help achieve a zero-trust environment, reducing the attack surface and lowering the risk of application compromise and data breaches.
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In today’s world of cloud and mobility, perimeter-based network security is becoming less relevant, stated Zscaler. Modern security should be focused on protecting users, applications and data, so they claim. Zscaler secures connections between users and applications, based on business policies, without connecting them to the corporate network, known as zero-trust network access.
The acquisition of Edgewise Networks would broaden the Zscaler cloud-native platform and secure application-to-application communication to deliver stronger security in public clouds and data centers.
“We are proud to have made zero-trust security achievable in complex, multi-cloud environments,” said Peter Smith, CEO of Edgewise Networks. “Our core innovation is the use of software identity verification to simultaneously strengthen security and simplify operations. Edgewise automates the identity-based policies making it easy to reduce the attack surface across public cloud, multi-cloud, data center and even container environments. We are thrilled to join the Zscaler family and share our innovation with the global Zscaler customer base.”
AI and Machine Learning
Edgewise Networks discovers individual applications and their legitimate communication patterns and, using AI and machine learning algorithms, automatically creates and enforces authorized communication to provide application segmentation.
“Zscaler was founded to innovate security in a cloud-first world. We are disrupting legacy network security, reducing business risk, improving the user experience, and consolidating security point products for our customers,” said Jay Chaudhry, Chairman, CEO and Founder of Zscaler. “Edgewise is highly innovative technology that enables application segmentation without having to do traditional network segmentation which is often done with virtual firewalls. We are excited to welcome the Edgewise team to the Zscaler family.”