Netskope acquires Infiot to accelerate its Security Service Edge offerings

Netskope acquires Infiot to accelerate its Security Service Edge offerings

Netskope, a cybersecurity platform, has acquired Infiot, a technology company that offers cloud-based architecture for the IoT industry. This acquisition will allow Netskope to offer its customers a complete SASE platform that integrates seamlessly with Security Service Edge (SSE) services.

Netskope’s Borderless WAN group will now include Parag Thakore and the Infiot product team. The Infiot sales team has also joined Netskope’s sales organization. Further terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“This is a great move,” said Frank Dickson, Group Vice President, Security & Trust, IDC. “What Netskope will now be able to offer, thanks to its compelling security platform and Infiot’s technology, is fully secure hybrid-work in-a-box, solving for both networking challenges and security challenges at the same time. It’s a self-provisioning network, with security that’s automatic. That’s not just an abstract framework or a good idea, it’s a specific set of benefits and use cases for businesses.”

The cloud-based technology from Infiot uses a zero-touch deployment and provisioning model with multiple virtual and physical appliance form factors. The solution includes a transport-agnostic approach that works with wired and wireless connections, built-in routing, app-aware QoE enforcement, policy-based traffic steering, and other network security features necessary for edge deployment.

According to the company, this acquisition will allow Netskope to provide its customers with a complete, self-provisioning network that is secure and easy to use. With this new platform, customers can benefit from superior network access and increased security at a lower cost.

Netskope customers can now apply security and QoE standards across a wide range of hybrid work requirements thanks to integrating Infiot’s technology, the company says. For example, it can be used by employees at home or on the go, in branch offices, ad-hoc point-of-sale systems, and multi-cloud environments. For customers, all of these capabilities are delivered in a single architecture, using one policy framework, and one console. This dramatically simplifies operations, preserves network performance, and ensures SASE success, the company claims.

Additionally, Netskope integrates with SD-WAN partners to offer customers Netskope Intelligent SSE in mixed environments while maintaining choice and flexibility in vendor partners.

“Netskope Borderless WAN is a new mindset,” said Robert Boopsingh, CIO of The Beacon Insurance Company. “For us, it will replace VPN for our employees and branch offices across our seven countries. We have implemented a zero trust model while delivering superior network access with this modern, secure, cloud-first implementation.”

According to a recently published Dell’Oro Group study, the total SASE market will reach over $13 billion by 2026. Some of the benefits of SASE include:

  • Improved network security: SASE can provide a more comprehensive and effective security posture than traditional network security solutions by integrating multiple security functions into a single platform.
  • Enhanced productivity: SASE can improve employee productivity by providing them with secure access to the resources they need, when needed, from any location.
  • Reduced costs: SASE can help organizations reduce their overall IT costs by consolidating multiple security solutions into a single platform.
  • Increased agility: SASE can help organizations be more agile in the face of changing threats, workloads, and business needs by simplifying the network infrastructure and reducing complexity.
  • Improved visibility and control: SASE can provide organizations with better visibility into their network traffic and activity, as well as greater control over who has access to what resources.

“We see SASE continuing to thrive independent of the ongoing macro-economic uncertainty as enterprises strategically invest for the new age of distributed applications and hybrid work that need a different approach to connectivity and security,” said Mauricio Sanchez, research director, Network Security, and SASE & SD-WAN at Dell’Oro Group in a statement.

Analysis

Infiot’s technology will allow Netskope to offer its customers a complete SASE platform that integrates seamlessly with Security Service Edge. Additionally, the Infiot sales team has joined Netskope’s sales organization, which will help the company expand its reach.

With this acquisition, Netskope is well-positioned to capitalize on the growing SASE market. The company’s comprehensive platform, combined with its experience in delivering security solutions, places it in a strong position against the publicly traded Zscaler as well as McAfee Enterprise, which are listed as SSE market leaders by research firm Gartner.

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