• The solutions are founded upon a zero-trust architectural framework.
  • The Zero Trust SD-WAN from the company ensures secure inbound and outbound connectivity, minimizing business risk and simplifying network complexity.

Zscaler Inc., a cloud security company, recently announced the general availability of its Zero Trust SD-WAN solution and unveiled Zscaler Zero Trust SASE, a single-vendor secure access service edge solution.

These solutions are constructed based on a zero-trust architecture. This cybersecurity concept revolves around the principle that organizations should not inherently trust internal or external entities to their perimeters. Instead, they must verify any connection attempting to access their systems before granting permission.

Zscaler contends that traditional network and firewall architectures pose risks and complexities, offering incomplete protection against modern cyber threats following a breach. In contrast, the company’s Zero Trust SD-WAN ensures secure inbound and outbound connectivity, mitigating business risk and simplifying network infrastructure.

The company’s zero-trust strategy revolves around connecting each user, location, and cloud through the Zero Trust Exchange Platform, expanding the concept to safeguard device and server traffic at branch locations. Zscaler utilizes its adaptive artificial intelligence engine to consistently evaluate risk across users, devices, destinations, and content. This involves analyzing telemetry from 500 trillion daily signals and integrating third-party risk intelligence.

Employing this strategy, Zscaler has recently unveiled Zero Trust SASE. This integrates its AI-driven Security Service Edge platform with the Zero Trust SD-WAN solution to accommodate a hybrid workforce across various locations and an organization’s remote users. The Zero Trust SD-WAN ensures secure inbound and outbound zero-trust connectivity through a single device. This approach is noted for its simplicity, eliminating overlay routing complexities, additional firewalls, and the requirement for separate policies for sites and users.

Organizations have the option to connect their users and devices to applications via a proxy, gaining advantages from integrated AI-driven cyberthreat and data protection features. These encompass firewall as a service, cloud access security broker, secure web gateway, and data loss prevention. The platform eliminates the need for multiple standalone products, reducing costs, decreasing complexity, and simplifying management for information technology teams.

With these releases, IT teams can implement detailed forwarding policies for the Internet, Software-as-a-Service, and private applications. They can also achieve centralized visibility and management and access AI-powered capabilities to discover and classify Internet of Things devices.

Vice President of Product Management at Zscaler, Naresh Kumar, said, “Hybrid employees expect the same seamless and secure access they would have in an office setting, whether they are at home or on the go, without having to access their applications over a slow, cumbersome VPN.”