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Ericsson’s Cradlepoint bolsters network security offerings with Ericom acquisition

Ericsson’s Cradlepoint bolsters network security offerings with Ericom acquisition

Ericsson’s subsidiary Cradlepoint, a provider of wireless WAN and private 5G network technologies, has acquired Ericom, a cloud-based security specialist.

Cradlepoint says it acquired Ericom to extend its Netcloud Exchange (NCX) platform, combining PCN security, WAN security and Web security from a single-pane-of-glass management solution. The integrated technologies will allow them to deliver a converged networking and security stack for cellular-focused enterprises, the company executives say.

“The acquisition enhances our ability to meet the cybersecurity needs of global enterprises as they accelerate their rapid adoption of 5G technologies,” says David Canellos, the CEO of Ericom.

Cradlepoint says its NetCloud Threat Defense cloud service will incorporate Ericom’s zero trust and cloud-based security solutions to expand Cradlepoint’s secure access service edge and zero trust offerings for a range of use cases, including IoT, remote worker and in-vehicle.

Ericom offers integrated security controls to organizations according to Gartner’s SASE framework, including SWG (secure web gateway), RBI (remote browser isolation), CASB (cloud access security broker) and (zero-trust network access) ZTNA.

The cloud-based security solution is distributed across various tier-1 cloud infrastructure partners, providing an international presence and the ability to apply security policies close to users and their data.

According to Will Townsend, the vice president and principal analyst of networking and security at Moor Insights & Strategy, “Networking and security are rapidly merging within the enterprise, and the cloud is increasingly leveraged as the preferred SASE delivery mechanism. Cradlepoint’s acquisition of Ericom and its zero trust security capabilities should position the company well to capitalize, especially in organizations considering a 5G-centric deployment approach.”

About a year ago, Ericsson made headlines for launching the Ericsson Local Packet Gateway. This platform enabled CSPs to take advantage of opportunities at the network edge and in hybrid private network segments to facilitate use cases that require high data bandwidth and low latency.

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