Networks Unlimited partners with Cloud Access Security Brokerage

Issue 1 2022 News

African value-added distributor Networks Unlimited, an Exclusive Networks company, is now in partnership with Netskope, a US-based cloud, data and network security provider in the application of the Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) and Cloud Access Security Brokerage (CASB), also known as Cloud Security Gateway.

Stefan van de Giessen.

Stefan van de Giessen, country manager: SA & SADC at Networks Unlimited, says: “The partnership with Netskope will be effective throughout Africa and allow the two companies to partner to bring a leader in the SASE space to the local market. Netskope takes a data-centric approach to cloud security, protecting data and users everywhere.”

SASE is a network architecture that combines software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) with security into a set of services delivered via the cloud. Security policies enforced on user sessions are tailored based on four factors: the identity of the entity connecting, context (health and behaviour of the device, sensitivity of the resources being accessed), security and compliance policies and an ongoing assessment of risk during each session.

Netskope prefers the description of SASE to mean ‘secure access service edge’ and not, as it is also referred to, as a ‘software access service edge’.

Van de Giessen explains that the core component lies in Netskope’s NewEdge Network, which is the world’s largest security private cloud. NewEdge is a globally distributed network, with compute and storage that supports and enables the Netskope cloud-native security platform to deliver real-time security without the traditional security and performance trade-off. NewEdge serves as the network foundation for the Netskope platform as well as an enabler for current and future Netskope capabilities.

The Netskope offering further includes Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) and Cloud Firewall (FW), as well as Next Generation Secure Web Gateway (NG-SWG) and Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA), all built natively into a single platform.

“By changing its delivery compared to a traditional hardware-based delivery and thus reducing shipping logistics, Netskope also offers a fast rollout to customers. This is of particular value in the African market and will allow us to show our value in days rather than weeks,” concludes Van de Giessen.

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