Software-Defined Perimeter in the Real World
The Software-Defined Perimeter (SDP) market is clearly growing and maturing. Historically, buyers have been early adopters, but we’re now seeing the emergence of enterprises who can be classified as early majority (perhaps, early-early majority). One of the most interesting parts of this market shift is that it brings with it a shift in enterprise requirements. For example, rather than posing purely technical questions, prospects are now asking about integration, business processes, and operating at scale.
As a vendor, addressing these different types of needs requires a balancing act – adding innovative technical capabilities while enabling the platform to be easily deployed into complex and messy real-world environments – all the while improving the efficiency of business, IT, and security teams.
With that, I’m pleased to announce the latest release of AppGate, where I believe we’ve achieved this balancing act. With this new release, customers can take advantage of our market-leading implementation of the Software-Defined Perimeter architecture, while being able to more easily integrate it with their existing systems and more easily configure how the platform operates.
For example, enhanced roaming event detection and geolocation awareness enables better control of user access – so customers can write simple policies which automatically and immediately give users access to optimal services based on location, or to automatically adjust access based on changes to location. This improves security and user efficiency.
We’ve also added more precise control of routing and better support for combining Load Balancers with Gateways, ensuring the solution is always available when users need it. And, with support for new tunneled network protocols, AppGate can be more easily and incrementally deployed in complex and messy real-world environments. Support for automatic resolution of resources on the Google Compute Platform (GCP) means we now support the three largest cloud compute platforms (AWS, Azure and GCP).
A new capability, Scriptable Entitlements, combined with additional new APIs allows the AppGate system to be fully integrated into your business systems. This adaptable security platform will automatically adjust to security, user, and infrastructure changes, avoiding mistakes while reducing business costs.
It’s clear to us that market adoption and awareness of SDP is increasing. A September 2016 Gartner report, It’s Time to Isolate Your Services From the Internet Cesspool, stated that “by 2021, 60% of enterprises will phase out network VPNs for digital business communications in favor of software-defined perimeters, up from less than 1% in 2016.” The SDP train has left the station and we’re excited to be driving it. The new capabilities in this product release reflect the seriousness of enterprises’ SDP projects, and our ability as a vendor to meet those needs. As SDP deployments move from limited pilots into broad-scale production, these are exactly the kind of requirements that customers will expect. And to me, that is what’s so exciting about this release!
For more information on AppGate 3.1 please visit our website. To learn more, download the Enterprise Strategy Group Report: Securing the Shifting Network Perimeter.