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Zscaler brings next generation firewall to the cloud

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Zscaler Introduces World’s First Cloud-Based Next Generation Firewall with Zscaler Winter 2015

Zscaler democratises security with economical, easy to deploy, easy to manage next-generation firewall for distributed enterprises and mid-market organisations

London, UK, April 16, 2015 – Zscaler, the Internet security company, today introduced the Winter 2015 release of the Zscaler Internet security platform. With Winter 2015, Zscaler is delivering the world’s first cloud-based next-generation firewall, providing powerful network security, application control and visibility everywhere, with no on-premise hardware or software required.

Zscaler Winter 2015 is designed to protect organisations from an increasingly sophisticated threat landscape. As a fully integrated, carrier-grade, cloud-based Internet security platform, Zscaler Winter 2015 delivers robust Internet security, Advanced Persistent Threat protection, next-generation firewall, data loss prevention, SSL decryption, traffic shaping, policy management, security assessment and threat intelligence. Organisations can add new security features with the click of a button without the need to install or upgrade hardware.

“Traditional appliance-based approaches to security just don’t make sense for protecting a world dominated by mobile devices, cloud applications and the Internet of Things,” said Dr. Amit Sinha, Executive Vice President of Engineering and Cloud Operations, Chief Technology Officer for Zscaler. “Our new Next Generation Firewall enables organisations of all sizes for the first time to deploy next-generation firewall capabilities everywhere—at every campus, branch and remote office, at retail stores, at manufacturing facilities and even on top of highly distributed Internet-connected devices. And through the power of cloud computing, Zscaler’s Next Generation Firewall can be deployed at scale in minutes—with improved security and unmatched return on investment.” 

Zscaler Next Generation Firewall

Firewalls have traditionally been delivered as centralised hardware appliance or software-based solutions. This approach to security made sense years ago, when 90 per cent of employees were centrally located and most software applications ran in centralised corporate data centres. Today, users and applications are everywhere—centralised, hardware-based security appliances no longer provide complete coverage for a distributed, Internet, cloud and mobile-first world. 

According to Gartner, 70 per cent of enterprise firewall purchases are next-generation firewalls. However, according to Osterman Research, nearly two-thirds of next-generation firewall deployments today are only in the data centre.  Taken together, these two facts define the target market for Zscaler’s cloud-based next-generation firewall—to secure the distributed enterprise outside of the corporate data centre, where it is too expensive and too cumbersome to manage traditional appliance-based next-generation firewalls, to protect branch offices, retail outlets, manufacturing facilities and other remote and distributed locations—protecting all employees, devices and Internet-connected things. 

GMH Systems, an IT consultancy and managed security services provider based in Germany, has deployed the Zscaler Next Generation Firewall to provide cloud-based security for its customers. “Zscaler’s Next Generation Firewall enables us to offer our customers a new bundled security service that includes web security and next-generation firewall. With a cloud-based firewall, we’ve eliminated the need to put a stack of appliances at each customer location. The service can be deployed in minutes and we can now centrally manage all of our customers’ services,” said Dennis Kuhlmann, Security Architect for GMH Systems.

Features of the Zscaler Next Generation Firewall include:

  • Application awareness: Identifies applications regardless of port, protocol, evasive tactic or SSL
  • User awareness: Identifies users, groups and locations regardless of IP address
  • Threat protection and compliance: Blocks threats and data leaks in real time
  • Visibility and policy management: Provides globally unified administration, policy management and reporting
  • Very high performance and scalability: In-line deployment at cloud scale
  • Part of an integrated security platform: Integrates with sandboxing, web security, DLP, content filtering, SSL inspection, malware protection and cloud-scale correlation, reporting and analytics

Zscaler Winter 2015 Pricing and Availability

Available today, Zscaler Winter 2015 is priced on an annual, per-user subscription basis, ranging from $1 to $10 per employee per month depending on deployment size, options and modules. Subscriptions for Zscaler Next Generation Firewall range from $1 to $3 per month per employee.

Additional Resources:

·       More about the Zscaler Next Generation Firewall

·       Zscaler Security as a Service platform 

·       Events & Webinar Series

·       Twitter: @zscaler  

About Zscaler

Zscaler ensures that more than 13 million employees at more than 5,000 enterprise and government organizations worldwide are protected against cyber attacks and data breaches while staying fully compliant with corporate and regulatory policies. Zscaler’s award-winning Security as a Service platform delivers a safe and productive Internet experience for every user, from any device and from any location. Zscaler effectively moves security into the Internet backbone, operating in more than 100 data centers around the world and enabling organizations to fully leverage the promise of cloud and mobile computing with unparalleled and uncompromising protection and performance. Zscaler delivers unified, carrier-grade Internet security, advanced persistent threat (APT) protection, data loss prevention, SSL decryption, traffic shaping, policy management and threat intelligence—all without the need for on-premise hardware, appliances or software. To learn more, visit us at www.zscaler.com.


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