Axis Security Ltd. said today that it is reimagining security for modern workers with the launch of a new platform that will provide enterprises with a viable alternative to legacy hub-and-spoke network architectures.
The Atmos platform is also superior to existing Security Service Edge platforms built on data center-based architectures, according to Axis. The idea is to help IT teams avoid connecting users to a corporate network, which is vulnerable, and move to an identity-based security system.
According to Axis, the modern workforce is like an orchestra of multiple users, apps, devices, and clouds, each playing its own tune and constantly synchronizing and changing. For IT teams, securing this orchestra and its many moving parts is nearly impossible, hence the need for a whole new security system based on authentication, authorization and connectivity.
Axis Atmos is a modern Security Service Edge platform that sits online, inspecting all traffic within an organization, brokering individual connections between users and devices to services and applications, based on identity policies and security. Enterprises can provide secure access to business apps for any user while keeping the bad guys out, Axis said.
The Atmos platform integrates the four key elements of SSE, with trustless network access, a secure web gateway to inspect network traffic, a cloud access security broker that monitors user activity and enforces policies security to protect sensitive data, and digital experience monitoring. platform for network and support teams to query the platform, applications and services for usability issues.
According to Axis, Atmos is unique in that it contains a number of industry-first components not found on other SSE platforms.
They include the Atmos Insights module which provides personalized, query-based insights into security alerts and environmental health across all apps, as well as Atmos Air and Atmos Private Inspect. The last two capabilities are based on Axis Application Access Cloud, which is an “agentless” model that offers an easy and secure way to connect users of any device to private applications without touching the network or these applications. .
Designed to solve the problem of implicitly open network access, the enterprise service can deploy without requiring any agent or network changes.
John Grady of Enterprise Strategy Group said that with the launch of the Atmos platform, Axis Security is aggressively moving from trustless network access to the much larger Secure Service Edge platform space.
“Zero-Trust Network Access has provided better security, scalability and flexibility over virtual private networks to ensure employees maintain secure access to private applications during Covid,” Grady said. “But as organizations look to the future, they should explore how a platform approach can improve security efficiency and effectiveness. The convergence of secure access to private apps, SaaS apps, and to the Internet is the logical starting point.”
Axis said Atmos will be generally available to new and existing customers next month.