How ColorTokens’ Xshield is a game-changer for Zero Trust micro-segmentation and cloud migration security, enabling sophisticated enterprise security that helps grow your business
By Rajneesh Kaul, Senior Product Manager, ColorTokens
Security pros have been apprehensive towards the challenge of securing infrastructure with micro-segmentation and Zero Trust architecture at massive scale. Particularly as cloud migration has become a foundational journey for organizations to innovate, compete, and grow. As infrastructure grows and becomes further distributed, micro-segmentation projects have become progressively daunting — until now.
With the award-winning Xshield, security teams can speed up their micro-segmentation timelines from months to mere weeks, rapidly securing enterprise environments. This latest iteration of Xshield enables enterprise security teams to secure workloads across distributed hybrid infrastructures quickly, effortlessly, and at scale.
This year, The Forrester New Wave™: Microsegmentation, Q1 2022 named ColorTokens a Strong Performer among the 9 most significant microsegmentation providers according to Forrester. Many of these 9 vendors paved the way for microsegmentation, but we believe ColorTokens is paving the way going forward.
We designed Xshield to accomplish three primary goals:
- Discover on-premise and cloud assets in minutes
- Apply machine-learning cybersecurity to generate automatic recommendations in days
- Integrate with instant plug-in to enterprise environments
By accomplishing each of these goals, Xshield is making Zero Trust micro-segmentation superpowers a reality:
Micro-segmentation Capabilities Eliminate Manual Work and Create Greater Network Visibility
Without automatic micro-segmentation, enterprise security teams must spend considerable time and energy manually creating tags, identifying segments, and securing workloads. This means investing time, resources, and costly talent into a manual process that opens up the possibility of mistakes that can have major consequences.
With Xshield, security teams can search, identify, categorize, and classify assets in seconds. As a software-based solution, once the platform is deployed in the enterprise environment, it will first automatically map the entire network to get a sense of the assets and their positioning, then segregate them based on business groups such as CRM or HR applications. Once business assets are categorized, business and security leaders have complete network visibility to see where they are and how their network operates.
Automating Access Policies Enables Easy Scalability of Cybersecurity and Overall Operations
Setting up access policies is another very cumbersome process in traditional environments. Security teams typically spend hours defining policies for servers and manually creating the same policy every time a new server is added into the same environment.
Xshield’s machine learning-based policy engine, on the other hand, completely automates the journey of segment definition, policy creation, and management — speeding up the process from months to days. Once the discovery phase (mapping, tagging, and visualizing network traffic) is complete, Xshield’s machine-learning cybersecurity technology then analyzes traffic patterns to generate recommended access policies. And each time you add or remove a server, the policy is automatically updated on that machine, removing the need to reconfigure policies for every new asset. With the elimination of the barrier to create policies for hundreds or thousands of new servers, businesses can easily scale not only their cybersecurity, but also their operations overall.
Instant Integration Means Enterprises Can Better Protect Valuable Data and Intellectual Property
Most enterprises rely on a set of security dashboards to map logs of user activity (when users log in, log out, and from where). These logs accumulate daily, creating an overwhelming number of alarms for admins who then struggle to differentiate critical from non-critical alerts.
However, with an enterprise cybersecurity tool that can integrate instantly, security teams can gain a comprehensive view of their vulnerabilities in a single SIEM dashboard in their existing infrastructure. Because Xshield helps you identify the critical assets in your infrastructure and microsegments them based on business function, our public API plugs into existing systems, collects these traditionally disparate security logs, and populates them into one dashboard. Everything is readily available in one place, so leaders and security teams don’t have to piece together information from multiple different systems to get a comprehensive view of network security.
Beyond a surface-level display, API also facilitates deep dives into any system it plugs into. The immediate and consolidated view of who is accessing what, where, when, and for what purpose creates ease and efficiency for security administrators responsible for monitoring an organization’s network security and protecting valuable data and intellectual property.
At the end of the day, the technical advancements in Xshield ensure an easier transition to the cloud, which is essential in today’s world. Easily moving assets to the cloud with proper mapping, tagging, policies, and network visibility procedures means the simple implementation of Zero Trust architecture, and Xshield enables enterprises to do it without disrupting day-to-day work. Essentially, the platform simplifies the Zero Trust micro-segmentation journey with efficient, scalable, cloud-delivered cybersecurity software that gives the right people the right information at the right time.
We’ll be hanging out at RSA in Booth #1861, South Hall at the Moscone Center
If you’re curious to learn more about Xshield’s award-winning approach, or to see it live in action visit us from June 6th – 9th, 2022. You can also book a meeting with one of our Zero Trust and micro-segmentation experts. We can’t wait to see you there!
About the Author
Rajneesh Kaul has over a decade of experience in product management, cloud technology and building automation. He be reached online at our company website http://www.colortokens.com.