By Yasir Liaqatullah, vice president of product management at A10 Networks

A10 Networks today announced a new Cloud Access Proxy (CAP) solution that provides secure access to the software as a service (SaaS) applications, such as Microsoft Office 365, optimizing branch offices with better performance, stronger security and enhanced user experience. Additionally, the solution provides full visibility into SaaS applications for improved security. The CAP solution is comprised of three components: the new A10 Networks Thunder® 840 CAP appliance for the branch office, higher-performance Thunder® Convergent Firewall (CFW) platforms for the headquarters, and the new centralized CAP Visibility and Analytics solution, which provides centralized insights into outbound application traffic and SaaS application usage. Together, the CAP solution ensures that access to SaaS applications and data is accelerated and secured while maintaining full, centralized visibility across sanctioned and unsanctioned applications.

SaaS and Multi-cloud Environments Increase Security Challenges

Traditionally, enterprise networks were designed to provide users with access to applications and services hosted locally within their data centers. To secure user access to the internet and to protect them from cyber threats, a large central security stack was typically hosted to inspect traffic going in and out of the network. As organizations grew and expanded into multiple branch offices, they were forced into a hub-and-spoke deployment model where all branch office traffic was routed back to the central security stack for policy enforcement and inspection.

With the increased adoption of SaaS applications, as well as the rapid move towards multi-cloud deployments, enterprise networks are changing with the consolidation of WAN edge infrastructure and migration from MPLS. Maintaining security and user experience is increasingly challenging in this environment.

A10 Networks CAP solves these problems by consolidating different features of multiple point products, like software-defined-WAN, cloud access security brokers and secure web gateways, providing a unified solution for SaaS optimization, security, and visibility. These features include:

  • Local breakout – For branch office traffic optimization using intelligent classification and bypassing of SaaS traffic from other application traffic.
  • Next hop load distribution (NHLD) – For dynamic traffic distribution across multiple WAN connections.
  • Tenant access control – For data theft prevention between sanctioned and unsanctioned SaaS tenant accounts.
  • URL filtering – For traffic categorization and protection from web threats.
  • Application visibility and control – For dynamic recognition and categorization, as well as filtering of application traffic.
  • IPsec VPN – For securing internet traffic, backhauled from branches to the central security stack.
  • AppCentric templates (ACT) – For simplified, one-step deployments at new branch offices.
  • CAP visibility and analytics solution – For visibility across sanctioned and unsanctioned application traffic at the branch office and in the cloud.

Traditional enterprise networks are not optimized for SaaS application traffic and the security provided by the SaaS vendor is not adequate in addressing today’s cyber threats and increasing the use of shadow IT. A10 Networks’ Cloud Access Proxy is designed specifically to help organizations optimize the performance and security of their SaaS application traffic.

The rapid increase in SaaS usage makes the Cloud Access Proxy solution perfect for deployment in small to medium enterprises (SME) and verticals like education, legal, finance, and manufacturing.

Availability

The complete Cloud Access Proxy solution, including Thunder 840 Cloud Access Proxy, Thunder CFW, and the centralized Cloud Access Proxy Visibility and Analytics solution, is available now.

The centralized Cloud Access Proxy Visibility and Analytics solution will also be available as an add-on app on the A10 Harmony Controller® in early 2020.

About the Author

As VP of Product Management, Yasir drives A10’s portfolio of 5G Service Provider Solutions and Security portfolio. Yasir can be reached online at (EMAIL: YLiaqatullah@A10networks.com) and at our company website https://www.a10networks.com/