Alkira will sell the service as part of its cloud-based network infrastructure as-a-service offering, which lets customers connect different assets, including cloud resources, via a configuration portal. Administrators can connect cloud services, data centers and virtual private networks (VPNs), set up their own routing arrangements, and scale network capacity automatically.
CloudGuard is a unified security service offering network security and workload protection. It secures web applications and APIs, and it also helps maintain an organization's security posture by preventing security misconfigurations. It maps against over 50 compliance frameworks, according to Check Point.
The company also positions CloudGuard to incorporate security into DevOps pipelines, in a concept sometimes called DevSecOps. It integrates with DevOps products, including CloudFormation and Terraform, to introduce automated compliance with security rules early on in the development process.
The service, which supports multi-cloud environments, protects cloud-native workloads, such as serverless and container environments. It also offers cloud network security via a virtual security gateway.
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The CloudGuard addition will enable Alkira's customers to impose a single security posture over their entire virtual network environment, said executives. It brings a range of features to users, including applying security policies between public clouds, and the provision of stateful firewall services in the cloud. Customers can use it to provide cloud-based demilitarized zones (DMZs) for access to internet-facing applications.
Customers can access CloudGuard gateways via the Alkira network services marketplace and insert them into Alkira Cloud Exchange Points to enforce security policies for application traffic. They can control their CloudGuard setup via the virtual network provider's Cloud Services Exchange service.
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