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Cloudflare adds new capabilities to zero trust SASE platform

By Catherine Knowles
Wed 22 Jun 2022

Cloudflare has announced several new capabilities for Cloudflare One, its Zero Trust SASE platform, making it the only cloud-native zero trust solution with global network scale.

New features for Cloudflare One include email security protection, data loss prevention tools, cloud access security broker (CASB), and private network discovery.

According to the company, these additions mean any organisation can use Cloudflare One for a comprehensive and deeply-integrated zero trust security and networking solution to protect and accelerate the performance of devices, applications, and entire networks to keep workforces secure and productive.

Cloudflare co-founder and CEO Matthew Prince says, "When I sit with customers, they share that one of the most daunting aspects of zero trust security is simply where to begin. Making matters worse, every vendor has a different definition for zero trust, turning a critical approach to security into a misunderstood and overused term.

“We believe zero trust must extend to the entire network, all the way from email to data centres, and accelerate user and endpoint connections, not slow people down. And we want to give every customer a step-by-step guide for what they can do today, this week, and this month to make themselves more secure regardless of what vendor they use."

According to Cloudflare, today employees are highly mobile and critical applications have moved to the cloud, meaning they are no longer residing inside an office protected by a secure perimeter.

This fundamental shift in where and how people work has caused enterprises to rethink legacy tools like VPNs and hardware boxes and abandon the traditional castle-and-moat approach to security, looking towards zero trust.

Cloudflare One unifies network security as-a-service built natively into the network, providing reliable global connectivity; cloud-based security; and better visibility and control through a common dashboard and API.

With Cloudflare’s zero trust platform organisations can secure their applications and employees against the modern threat landscape, the company states.

Cloudflare One provides a comprehensive Zero Trust SASE solution that is built natively into Cloudflare’s global network. This integrated approach ensures deployment in just a few clicks, fast performance wherever users are, and robust security across endpoints, networks, and email.

According to the company, this enables organisations to:

  • Automatically protect users from phishing attacks: Email is one of the largest cyber attack vectors on the internet, which makes integrated email security critical to any true zero trust network. By combining leading phishing protection from Cloudflare’s recent acquisition of Area 1 Security with Cloudflare’s cutting edge Browser Isolation, malicious links will automatically be quarantined in a remote browser session.
  • Secure every connection with zero trust controls while accelerating users and services: Whether users are connecting to internal resources, the Internet, or are simply opening email, Cloudflare’s global network allows zero trust filtering to be applied to everything, without slowing it down.
  • Comprehensive controls for data in any location: Beyond just in-line scanning, Cloudflare’s Zero Trust platform provides controls in real-time with built in data loss prevention tools to scan for sensitive information or against data at-rest with an API-driven CASB.
  • Connect and secure data, devices, offices, cloud networks, and more without relying on hardware boxes: Cloudflare Magic WAN is now generally available, allowing businesses to speed up their network and add security at a lower cost when compared to legacy MPLS architecture.
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