Akamai Guardicore Segmentation Extended to Hybrid Cloud Environments

Akamai Technologies, Inc. has announced the expansion of its industry-leading segmentation solution, Akamai Guardicore Segmentation, to hybrid cloud settings. This extension of Akamai Guardicore Segmentation to the cloud aims to minimize attack surfaces and contain attacks aimed at cloud-native workloads. Network security experts can seamlessly oversee segmentation across their public cloud environments, enjoying benefits such as quicker policy deployment, unified network governance across data centers, and simplified management—all accessible through a single interface. Initially, Akamai Guardicore Segmentation will be accessible for Microsoft Azure deployments via the Azure Marketplace, with availability for Akamai Connected Cloud expected later this year.

While organizations of all sizes are implementing public cloud strategies to innovate and realize new efficiencies, challenges remain. Leveraging Akamai Guardicore Segmentation in the cloud helps organizations address a lack of visibility into application behavior, the need for multiple policies across cloud providers, and governance issues between DevOps and SecOps teams.

Thirty-three percent of IT decision-makers (ITDMs) intended to increase their use of distributed cloud services to improve security and reliability, according to a recent survey commissioned by Akamai and conducted by ClearPath Strategies. However, nearly half (48%) of ITDMs claimed that security tools were missing or underdeveloped for a distributed cloud world, underscoring the need for better security tools to protect workloads in the cloud.

“Public and multi-cloud environments are crucial to most organizations’ business operations, but they lack the native visibility and security controls required to effectively lock down a cloud. For clouds to be secure, security practitioners must be able to see which applications, workloads, and traffic flows are moving within the environment,” said Pavel Gurvich, Senior Vice President, General Manager, Enterprise Security at Akamai. “Applying a microsegmentation policy in the cloud can give security practitioners comprehensive visibility and control across all cloud environments, from a single interface with one set of controls, without the need for agents. We can protect business-critical applications — whether they are on-premises, in the cloud, or on legacy servers — while reducing the number of security solutions that need to be managed.”

Benefits of Akamai Guardicore Segmentation in the cloud include:

  • Comprehensive agentless cloud-native visibility and enforcement enables administrators to visualize cloud workloads using a near-real-time interactive map of true network flows, understanding the application dependencies and bringing together DevOps and SecOps teams in cloud network security governance.
  • Hybrid enforcement engine leveraging multiple enforcement points allows an organization to simply define the intent of network policy and have the Akamai Guardicore Segmentation policy engine take care of the rest, dynamically deciding which agent-based and agentless enforcement points are used across the data center.
  • Integrated reputation analysis and threat intelligence firewall capabilities are designed to reduce time to detection and incident response time in the event of a breach.
  • Scalable and secure solution ensures data does not leave your cloud environment and solution architecture scales automatically within it.

Learn more about Akamai Guardicore Segmentation and how it can contain attacks within public cloud environments.

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