Thursday, 06 May 2021 14:38

Juniper Networks unveils security director cloud


Juniper Networks takes on the Secure Access Service Edge market by launching Juniper Security Director Cloud. The security director cloud, Juniper says, “provides security that can be managed anywhere and everywhere.”

Juniper Networks is continuing its investment in the Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) market by introducing Juniper Security Director Cloud, a cloud-based portal that distributes connectivity and security services to sites, users, and applications, as well as manages customers’ SASE transformations.

According to Juniper Networks, technology disruptors, such as 5G and an increasingly distributed workforce, are changing how organisations do business and build their networks.

Enterprises, as well as cloud and service providers, are shifting from monolithic centralised data centre architectures to SASE, decentralised architectures that bring services closer to end-users around the globe.

Juniper Security Director Cloud bridges organisations’ current security deployments with their future SASE rollouts by “providing security that is managed anywhere and everywhere, on-premises and in the cloud, from the cloud.”

The benefits are:

Experience-led management to facilitate network transformation. Security Director Cloud delivers a transformational management experience that reduces overhead that is inherent in architectural shifts and distributed security delivery. It features zero-touch provisioning and intuitive configuration wizards for secure connectivity, content security, and advanced threat prevention for both on-premises and cloud-based security policy. In addition, a multi-directional sync between cloud-hosted and on-premises management and individual firewalls provides a cohesive management experience that supports a seamless and secure shift to a SASE architecture.

Unified policies across physical, virtual and cloud-based security. Customers can create security policies—including user- and application-based access, IPS, anti-malware and web security policies—that follow users, devices or applications as they move to new locations, and automatically apply them. This unified policy construct across traditional and cloud-delivered security vehicles minimises operational overhead otherwise required to recreate policies from one platform to another and decreases attack vectors inadvertently created by human error.

Validated security effectiveness. Juniper provides cyberattack protection that has been validated by objective, third-party testing to be more than 99% effective against network and application exploits, new and commodity malware, IoT botnets and other attack techniques targeted at the edge and in the data centre. This includes achieving the highest security efficacy rating at 99.5% from compared to leading security vendors for Enterprise Firewall, and 100% effectiveness with zero false positives in ICSA Labs’ Advanced Threat Defence test in Q4 of 2020. Security Director Cloud delivers policies empowered with these proven threat prevention technologies, ensuring quick access to applications and consistent security enforcement.

Visibility into threat behaviours across the entire network with Security Director Insights. Security Director Cloud features correlated visibility into attacks across the network by bringing together threat detection information—including detections from other vendors’ products—into an attack timeline, and it enables one-touch mitigation to quickly address gaps in defence.

Samantha Madrid, VP of Security Business and Strategy at Juniper Networks, says the company is leading the move into the SASE market with great management experience.

“With the introduction of Security Director Cloud, we’re able to meet customers where they are as they transition to a SASE architecture by delivering networking and security services from the cloud to sites, users and applications around the world. Security Director Cloud is like ‘iCloud’ for security operators, providing the ‘and’ strategy that enables our enterprise, cloud and service provider customers to transform their networks seamlessly and securely”, she adds.

Jason Philp, Director of Infrastructure, Beeline, says: “Over the past year, as our workforce became more distributed, securely managing our network across multiple international data centres was a challenge. Juniper gets that challenge.”

“With Security Director Cloud, we are able to centralise management in the cloud as we move to SASE. Now, we can support a distributed workforce and my team can secure all our locations, users, and applications without having to jump through a bunch of hoops. The unified security management solution also helps us address availability, logging and consistent policy enforcement more effectively”, he says of the process.

Mark Marquez, EVP of Technology at Momentum Telecom, says binding Juniper with Session Smart technology is “excellent news for our business.”

Marquez says he started the Juniper journey with 128 technology. “We are happily looking forward to adding their full SASE capabilities to our offering, with both validated security efficacy and AI-driven SD-WAN, that allow us to best facilitate our customers’ network transformations”, he concludes.

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