Juniper Secure Edge brings SRX Firewall-as-a-Service to SASE

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Juniper promises single-policy security across cloud and on-premises

Juniper Networks announced Juniper Secure Edge, a cloud-native security service that is part of Juniper’s expanding Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) portfolio, managed using Juniper Security Director Cloud, its SASE portal.

“With the rise of the distributed workforce, organizations are experiencing a paradigm shift in how the network edge is secured, paving the way for all-new cloud-based architectures at accelerating rates. Extending security to every endpoint is critical as these new architectures emerge and the transition begins,” Juniper said.

Juniper Secure Edge sports app control, intrusion prevention system (IPS), anti-malware, proxy and web filtering, and advanced threat protection. The software uses the same policy framework as Juniper’s SRX-series firewall hardware – an easier transition to the cloud for IT, Juniper said.

“Organizations can transition to a SASE architecture at their own pace without requiring administrators to switch between separate management platforms for on-premises and cloud security,” Juniper said.

The company also emphasized single-stack architecture.

“When we say single stack, we mean that customers now have a single solution to manage both user and network access, and ensure that traffic is legitimate and protected against threats,” said Samantha Madrid, Juniper Networks vice president of Product Management, Security Business & Strategy.

The new solution enables organizations to deploy effective threat protection for employees without interrupting visibility, she said.

“Juniper enables customers to seamlessly secure remote teams with consistent security policies that follow users wherever they go, while leveraging existing investments when transitioning to a cloud-delivered architecture,” Madrid said.

“Secure Edge enables organizations to leverage existing investments and seamlessly transition to a full SASE architecture at a chosen pace and provides a simpler operational experience. Juniper customers can use the physical, virtual, containerized and now delivered in the cloud, fully managed by Security Director Cloud with a single policy framework, enabling complete visibility and consistent security at the edge and data center from a single UI,” said Juniper.

In October, Juniper, Intel and Rakuten Symphony announced the development of Symware, a carrier-grade Open RAN solution. Symware is a versatile edge appliance that combines containerized cell site routing functionality and a distributed unit, on a single general purpose server platform. It uses Altiostar, Intel Xeon D processors and FlexRAN, and is scheduled for release in the first calendar quarter of 2022.

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