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February 10, 2016

Cato Networks Launches Network Security as a Service

Cato Networks has announced its Network Security as a Service (NSaaS) to enable businesses to secure their networks easily.

As the name suggests, the Tel Aviv, Israel-based company is offering network security as a service without having to dedicate increasingly busy IT staff to the job of managing network appliances.

“Network security appliances did a good job securing the simple networks of the past, but today’s perimeter-less networks are increasingly difficult to manage, optimize, and secure,” said Shlomo Kramer, CEO and co-founder of Cato. “Network security must scale and adapt quickly to support new business requirements and the evolving threat landscape.”

With the growth of mobile, cloud computing and the Internet of Things, modern networks are much more complex than they were before and consequently, much more difficult to secure. Many IT professionals struggle to keep up to avoid embarrassing breaches such as the kind Target (News - Alert) suffered in 2013.

Kramer expects that Cato’s solution will appeal to smaller and more resource-constrained environments without the ability to hire specialized security staff. It’s based on its own Cato Cloud Network combined with Cato Security Services.

The security features include firewalls, application control, VPN and URL filtering.

Cato secures WAN, mobile, cloud and physical data centers and consolidates them into a single environment that can be accessed from a web-based management console.

Blender, a peer-to-peer lending company, is already using Cato’s solution to secure its own infrastructure, which includes Amazon AWS and Salesforce.com (News - Alert).

“Cato allows us to tie our Cloud datacenter, offices, and mobile users into a secure network, and provides secure access to business-critical applications regardless of device or location,” Blender CTO and founder Boaz Aviv said. “Cato also eliminates the need to maintain our existing firewalls or invest in expensive network security and connectivity for our international offices.”

Cato isn’t the only company offering this kind of solution. OpenDNS, owned by Cisco (News - Alert), offers its Umbrella service that also aims to protect enterprises using a cloud-based infrastructure.

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