Okta | October 09, 2023
Okta, Inc. announces Identity Threat Protection with Okta AI, a new product for Okta Workforce Identity Cloud.
It enables security teams and admins to constantly evaluate user risk during active sessions and respond automatically to Identity threats across the entire ecosystem.
Identity Threat Protection enables organizations to mitigate risk with enhanced threat detection and response capabilities.
Okta, Inc., the leading independent Identity partner, has introduced Identity Threat Protection with Okta AI, a revolutionary product within the Okta Workforce Identity Cloud. This innovative solution provides identity-based threat detection and mitigation in real-time. Identity Threat Protection goes beyond initial authentication by employing Okta AI and security infrastructure insights. It assures continuous user risk assessment during active sessions and enables automatic responses to Identity threats across the entire ecosystem.
Organizations are increasingly adopting diverse cybersecurity tools to counter evolving threats. However, this leads to a flood of detailed security data, making it daunting for administrators to set up efficient policies and identify crucial threats. This fragmentation makes it challenging to track the risk of any specific user session over time and requires navigating various consoles.
Okta stands out with its unified Identity deployment, offering a unique ability to evaluate risks across security domains and active user sessions. This innovative strategy solves a crucial business challenge as, according to Gartner, "By 2025, organizations that adopt a continuous adaptive trust strategy will reduce [account takeover] along with other identity risks by 30%..."
President and CDO of Workforce Identity Cloud at Okta, Sagnik Nandy, said,
Organizations need the ability to not only bring together risk insights at the point of login, but also to re-evaluate at any point in a user’s session. Identity Threat Protection extends Okta’s adaptive risk analysis and delivers automatic remediation and response, assisting businesses stop potential threats in real-time.
[Source – Business Wire]
Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a vital tool in combating identity-based attacks. However, its effectiveness typically extends only to the login stage. Using shared signals throughout a user's active session, Identity Threat Protection equips organizations with enhanced threat detection and response capabilities, thereby mitigating risk. Initial launch capabilities include:
Continuous Risk Evaluation
Shared Signals Pipeline
CIO at Palo Alto Networks, Meerah Rajavel, said,
Our world-class threat intelligence innovations assist secure enterprises against evolving attack methods. Partnering with Okta’s Identity Threat Protection is a great opportunity to further empower enterprises with security signal sharing, assisting them to better detect changes in user risk across their tech stack.
[Source – Business Wire]
Network Threat Detection
Fortinet | November 06, 2023
Fortinet prioritizes secure networking, universal SASE, and security operations to expand globally and innovate in cybersecurity.
Secure networking is estimated to reach $86 billion by 2027 and universal SASE $36 billion, aligning with the strategic change.
Focusing on cybersecurity growth strengthens Fortinet's commitment to customer value and innovation.
Fortinet, a global leader in cybersecurity, is focusing its business strategy on high-growth markets, emphasizing secure networking, universal secure access service edge (SASE), and security operations. This shift will drive innovation and reinforce its commitment to customers. Fortinet is reorganizing its research & development (R&D) and go-to-market (GTM) strategies around the three markets mentioned. They will develop integrated and advanced products to cater to these areas.
Fortinet operates globally, serving hyperscale customers and promoting cybersecurity technologies. The three core markets Fortinet is concentrating on are secure networking, universal SASE, and security operations. These markets are expected to experience substantial growth, and Fortinet has a competitive advantage in them. This strategy aims to expand Fortinet's global business and provide value to its customers. The company is aligning with areas of high demand in the cybersecurity sector. Its current collection of organically developed and integrated products and services enjoys a notable competitive edge in the aforementioned three crucial markets:
The market for secure networking is anticipated to reach $86 billion by 2027, expanding at a rate of nearly nine percent per year. 5G gateways, network firewalls, secure switches, and access points comprise the majority of its composition. With the expansion of its firewall business, Fortinet anticipates a corresponding increase in revenue for its FortiGuard Security Services, which are propelled by artificial intelligence (AI). Secure networking remains an integral component of Fortinet's strategy, given that it dominates both firewall revenues and units shipped in its greatest addressable market.
Also, by 2027, the universal SASE market is anticipated to reach $36 billion, representing an annual expansion of nearly 20%. The system integrates various cloud-native networking and security technologies, including SD-WAN, secure web gateway (SWG), cloud access security broker (CASB), data loss prevention (DLP), zero-trust network access (ZTNA), SASE, and others. Its purpose is to streamline the process of implementing a zero-trust strategy. All functions of the SASE solution developed by Fortinet can be executed either in an appliance or in the cloud. This capability is facilitated by a unified management console, networking and security layer, and operating system. Recently, Fortinet was positioned in the inaugural Gartner Magic Quadrant for Single-Vendor SASE in 2023.
Lastly, the security operations market is anticipated to reach $78 billion by 2027, expanding at slightly more than 14% per year. Fortinet's SecOps platform is the most comprehensive, integrated, and broad in the industry, enabling organizations to gain control and insight into their distributed operations through security orchestration, endpoint detection and response (EDR), automation and response (SOAR), security information and event management (SIEM), network detection and response (NDR), and additional integrated enterprise-grade cybersecurity technologies.
Complementing Fortinet's R&D expenditures are strategic realignments in its GTM investments, concentrating on security operations, universal SASE, and secure networking. With the assistance of marketing support and training, sales will be structured in accordance with these three strategic areas in order to increase market penetration and consumer engagement.
PR Newswire | November 01, 2023
Palo Alto Networks (NASDAQ: PANW), the global cybersecurity leader, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire cloud security start-up Dig Security, an innovative provider of Data Security Posture Management (DSPM).
Today, almost 70% of organizations already have data stored in the public cloud1. With increased interest and adoption of generative AI, sensitive data is often even more spread out across cloud services, including distributed databases, vector databases, PaaS services, and more. Organizations need help identifying sensitive data, effectively managing user access, and implementing robust security measures to protect against internal and external threats. Simultaneously, the relentless surge in the volume and impact of cloud data breaches persists2, causing significant damage to enterprises. This underscores the critical role that DSPM will play within a comprehensive cloud security strategy.
Dig's DSPM solution enables organizations to discover, classify, monitor, and protect sensitive data across all cloud data stores, which will give Palo Alto Networks' customers visibility into and control of their multi-cloud data estate. After the close of the proposed acquisition, Dig's capabilities will be seamlessly integrated into the Prisma® Cloud platform to provide near real-time data protection from code to cloud. Dig was founded by entrepreneurs Dan Benjamin, Ido Azran, and Gad Akuka. They will continue leading their teams in joining the Prisma Cloud team at Palo Alto Networks after closing.
Lee Klarich, Chief Product Officer for Palo Alto Networks:
"As companies build AI-enabled applications, there will be a substantial increase in the amount of data transferred to the cloud. Dig's highly innovative DSPM technology helps safely enable this shift, and its dedicated team will complement and help advance Palo Alto Networks' strengths across cloud security. The announcement of our intent to join forces with Dig reinforces our longstanding commitment to our team in Israel and to continue growing our footprint with its talented and dedicated cybersecurity professionals."
Ankur Shah, SVP Products, Prisma Cloud for Palo Alto Networks:
"Data protection was the top priority for cloud security cited in the 2023 The State of Cloud-Native Security Report. Upwards of 75% of respondents noted that the number of point tools they use creates blind spots. Dig lets security teams see and secure their data across multi-cloud environments. This visibility and security is becoming increasingly important in the age of generative AI. Dig's innovation, coupled with Prisma Cloud's leading code-to-cloud intelligence highlighted in the recent Darwin release, will create what CISOs need to drive complete cloud security and data protection with a single, integrated, cloud-native platform."
Dan Benjamin, Co-Founder & CEO, Dig Security:
"Modern cloud applications leverage a broad set of data stores to meet the complex needs of businesses. We developed an award-winning DSPM solution to alleviate this strain by providing a centralized offering to monitor and manage the security of these cloud data stores. Integrating Dig's technology with Prisma Cloud will enable customers to effectively manage the security of their diverse data stores in modern cloud applications and reduce the risk of data breaches. My co-founders and I look forward to continuing our innovation journey with Palo Alto Networks to make the world safer."