OPAQ Networks Integrates Network Microsegmentation into Security-as-a-Service Cloud


Software-Defined Network Segmentation Provides Comprehensive
Visibility and Control to Prevent Lateral Attacks, Contain Breaches and
Quarantine Hosts

ORLANDO, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#ITchannelXChange Solution Provider Conference – OPAQ
, the network security cloud company, today announced the
addition of microsegmentation for workstations and other endpoints to
its OPAQ Cloud platform to prevent lateral attacks, contain breaches and
quarantine infected hosts. The patent pending OPAQ PathProtect™
technology provides unprecedented visibility and control over network
activity and the ability to locally enforce security policies on devices
from the cloud.

Centralized Network Control, Local Security Enforcement From the Cloud

Perimeter security is designed to protect against external North-South
threats, not internal East-West attacks that move laterally between
workstations, servers, and other endpoints. Once an attack successfully
bypasses the security perimeter and compromises a host, malicious
traffic can spread undetected throughout the internal network. According
to Gartner, “In security, network segmentation is concerned with
dividing up the network into zones to aid in compliance, security, risk
and maintaining control.”*

OPAQ PathProtect™ enables organizations to easily and flexibly implement
network segmentation from the OPAQ Cloud without using VLANs or
firewalls. It provides device-based visibility and control from the
cloud to protect against insider and external attacks. OPAQ PathProtect™
is fully integrated with other enterprise-grade security capabilities,
including next-generation firewall, web application firewall and DDoS
mitigation, accessible as-a-service from the OPAQ Cloud.

OPAQ PathProtect™ monitors hosts and learns traffic patterns, classifies
them, and allows for the creation of security policies that can be
applied based on IP address, Host ID, or user identity.

Microsegmentation for Endpoints, Not Just Data Centers

Since OPAQ PathProtect™ is enforced on the endpoint, not the network, it
supports the following capabilities and use cases:

  • Network Access Control (NAC) to assign
    what resources hosts and users can access on the network. For example,
    unmanaged hosts can be prevented from accessing sensitive servers, and
    are identified and cataloged when they send traffic.
  • Multi -Factor Authentication (MFA)
    integration enables step-up authentication to tighten security for VPN
    access and within the internal network.
  • Granular Segmentation which is completely
    separate from the physical network architecture or network addressing,
    can be used to segment specific devices, applications, and data.
  • Quarantine allows organizations to
    quickly isolate infected hosts from sensitive resources at the touch
    of a button.

“Companies are struggling to implement and manage a microsegmentation
strategy that adheres to Zero Trust security principles,” said Tom
Cross, Chief Technology Officer for OPAQ Networks. “This is particularly
true for midsize enterprises that lack the expertise and resources to
defend against lateralization attacks. OPAQ PathProtect™ provides a
powerful, simple, and flexible tool that enables our channel partners to
implement software-defined network segmentation-as-a-service from the
cloud. This is a first for the industry.”

OPAQ PathProtect™ will be available spring 2018
as part of the OPAQ Cloud from authorized OPAQ channel partners. It
supports Windows desktops and servers, MacOS and Linux.

About the OPAQ Cloud
The OPAQ Cloud enables service
providers to make best-of-breed network security capabilities accessible
to midsize enterprises. It combines a private network backbone with
next-generation firewall, web application firewall, DDoS mitigation, and
software-defined segmentation capabilities that are powered by
industry-leading security vendors and OPAQ intellectual property. OPAQ
is the only company that offers this depth and breadth of

* Gartner “Best Practices for Network Segmentation for Security” Greg
Young, Refreshed: January 4, 2018, Published: July 28, 2016.

About OPAQ Networks
OPAQ Networks is the premier network
security cloud company that enables partners to deliver
security-as-a-service to midsize enterprise customers. With the OPAQ
Cloud, service providers can deliver best-of-breed network security and
centrally manage and enforce policies through a single interface while
optimizing network performance. This empowers partners to instantly grow
their revenue and margins and establish a competitive advantage while
eliminating complexity and costs associated with managing a multitude of
security products. Based in Northern Virginia, OPAQ is privately held
and is funded by Columbia Capital, Harmony Partners, and Zero-G, Inc. To
learn more, visit www.opaqnetworks.com.


Marc Gendron PR for OPAQ Networks
Marc Gendron, 781-237-0341

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