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Forcepoint unveils digital transformation acceleration strategy with new converged cyber security solutions and partner ecosystem


Austin, Texas, 23 Apr 2019
Read time 5min 40sec

* New Forcepoint Converged Security Platform delivers extensible and behaviour-based risk-adaptive protection to accelerate digital transformation for enterprises and government agencies.
* Forcepoint Dynamic Edge Protection, the first solution on the new converged platform, modernises networks for cloud adoption and delivers advanced user, data, network and Web security.
* Strategic investment in global partner ecosystem extends Forcepoint's risk-adaptive cyber security through integrated solutions with leading technology providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), IBM Security, Microsoft, Citrix, Boldon James, Ping Identity, Seclore and more.

Global cyber security leader Forcepoint announced the Forcepoint Converged Security Platform, which accelerates enterprise and government agencies' digital transformation journey by enabling secure migration of data, applications, and business operations to the cloud. Through the new converged security platform, Forcepoint is addressing the CISO's business-critical need today for consolidated, cloud-based security solutions in a deployment agnostic delivery model.

The first solution available on the new platform, Forcepoint Dynamic Edge Protection, will enable enterprises to transform their network and security architectures with seamless connectivity to take full advantage of the cloud across distributed application and network environments. Leveraging the converged security platform's integration capabilities, Forcepoint also announced strategic investments in a new technology partner ecosystem. These partnerships will deliver customers integrated solutions that extend Forcepoint's risk-adaptive protection across existing security infrastructure, including cloud, identity, network, and endpoint.

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The announcement is the next phase in the company's commitment to transform the fundamental approach to cyber security by understanding the behavior of users as they interact with critical data and intellectual property across global IT systems. This enables customers to take advantage of dynamic one-to-one security controls applied to individuals based on the risk their digital activity presents to the organisation. This ensures security operations are more effective and more efficient. And, with the new converged security platform, CISOs can now define, enforce and monitor policies consistently across the security stack in one place, eliminating the gaps and redundancies of managing point products.

"Behaviour-based cyber security is tailor-made for the era of mobility and cloud because it enables enterprises to detect and respond faster to risk than legacy paradigms that focus only on protecting infrastructure," said Matt Moynahan, CEO, Forcepoint. "Forcepoint's human-centric approach to security enables our customers to protect their people and critical data against the most sophisticated attackers, while freeing them to conduct their business or mission in the most efficient and agile way possible."

Forcepoint Converged Security Platform

CISOs are grappling with an extensive technology stack which has created an urgent need for central management of network security. According to IDC's Chris Kissel, director of research, Security Products1: "Customers continue to embrace vendors that offer a platform approach to manageability and simplification across environments in addition to addressing the latest threats. Vendors that can address security in a dynamic, multi-cloud manner will ultimately be successful."

The Forcepoint Converged Security Platform will provide the following benefits:

* Hosts the company's complete range of enterprise-class security capabilities to deliver risk-adaptive protection and seamless cloud connectivity anywhere organisations and their users are located;
* Enables a seamless move to next-generation, human-centric cyber security delivered through a cloud architecture;
* A reduction in security friction through the application of policies that are dynamically tailored to each individual user's actions so that businesses can innovate more rapidly; and
* Open APIs, which enable integration with third-party products to extend Forcepoint risk-adaptive protection across infrastructure delivering comprehensive security efficacy.

Forcepoint Dynamic Edge Protection

Forcepoint will use its Converged Security Platform to deliver a range of new, cloud-based solutions. Forcepoint Dynamic Edge Protection, the first solution delivered, will provide an integrated network security solution that supports modernisation of enterprise networks for cloud adoption. The solution will offer converged capabilities for SD-WAN connectivity, next-generation firewall as a service with security for Web and cloud, all as a cloud-first, hybrid-ready service using Forcepoint's enterprise-grade technologies.

Through the converged security platform, Dynamic Edge Protection will deliver security that works everywhere employees are with solutions delivered from the cloud that take advantage of new advances such as behavior-centric, risk-adaptive security without on-site updates or redeployment.

Highly distributed organisations such as retailers, financial institutions, hospitality providers, and government agencies can use Forcepoint Dynamic Edge Protection to significantly reduce the cost and complexity of connecting their hundreds or thousands of remote locations in a highly secure and manageable way. The solution's "zero footprint" can replace disparate hardware appliances deployed at each site with integrated, behavior-centric security services delivered from the cloud.

Global technology partner ecosystem extends risk-adaptive protection

Forcepoint is strategically investing in the creation of a human-centric technology partner ecosystem that enables customers to achieve their digital transformation outcomes. Forcepoint's global technology and strategic alliances span areas including public cloud, data classification, identity and access management. As well as identity-as-a-service tools, collaboration, HR, IT service management, workflows, incident response and other mission-critical business applications.

Through its partner ecosystem, Forcepoint enables customers to simplify collaboration between vendors to create an integrated security stack. The ecosystem enriches and expands the Forcepoint Converged Security Platform's understanding of the behaviour of digital identities, and also extends risk-adaptive protection to existing security infrastructure. Inaugural technology alliances include AWS, IBM Security, Microsoft, Citrix, Boldon James, Ping Identity, Seclore and more.

Forcepoint is participating at the ITWeb Security Summit, southern Africa's definitive conference and expo for information security, IT and business professionals. The 14th annual ITWeb Security Summit, to be staged at the Southern Sun Cape Sun on 23 May and the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, on 28-29 May, will be a high-profile conference and business exhibition featuring top international, African and local speakers delivering key insights across three focused tracks, interactive workshops and in-depth training courses.

The event will demystify emerging cyber security strategies in AI, blockchain, IOT, DevSecOps and more, and give delegates an understanding of how to increase their businesses' cyber resiliency.

For more information, go to www.securitysummit.co.za.

Additional resources

* Blog post: Forcepoint Converged Security Platform: Accelerating Digital Transformation
* Forcepoint Dynamic Edge Protection
* Blog post: Forcepoint Technology Alliances Help Address Digital Transformation Challenges

Reference:

1. IDC Worldwide Network Security Forecast, 2018-2022: Hybrid and Multi-cloud Driving Investment in Core Technologies (IDC #US44154217, August 2018)

Forcepoint

Forcepoint is the global human-centric cyber security company transforming the digital enterprise by continuously adapting security response to the dynamic risk posed by individual users and machines. The Forcepoint Human Point system delivers Risk-Adaptive Protection to continuously ensure trusted use of data and systems. Based in Austin, Texas, Forcepoint protects the human point for thousands of enterprise and government customers in more than 150 countries. www.forcepoint.com

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The Marketing Hub Kelsey Volschenk (083) 418 8214 kelsey@marketinghub.co.za
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