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WiteSand Acquired by Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks | February 15, 2022

WiteSand, a pioneer of cloud-native zero trust Network Access Control (NAC) solutions, has been acquired by Juniper Networks, a global leader in secure, AI-driven networks. Juniper’s continued efforts to offer a next-generation NAC solution as a significant aspect of their award-winning AI-driven enterprise portfolio will be accelerated by this transaction, which brings a highly experienced technical team and great technology to the firm.

NAC is a crucial component in many IT environments because it determines which devices are allowed to connect to a network safely. Traditional NAC systems, on the other hand, which leverage on premise hardware and monolith code bases, can be challenging to deploy and operate, as well as expensive to scale. Migrating NAC operations to the cloud and employing AIOps for automated provisioning, monitoring, analysis, and security can overcome these restrictions.

Both WiteSand and Juniper share a common vision of disrupting the antiquated NAC space with cloud agility and AI-driven intelligence. Their premier NAC technology and renowned engineering team are the perfect complement to Juniper’s AI-driven enterprise portfolio, which was recently distinguished as a Leader in the 2021 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Enterprise Wired and Wireless LAN Infrastructure with furthest scores for both ability to execute and completeness of vision. When NAC is integrated with wireless assurance, wired assurance, WAN assurance, IoT assurance, and indoor location services under a common Mist cloud and AI umbrella, Juniper customers can deliver amazing experiences to their network users, from the client all the way to the cloud,” 

Sujai Hajela, EVP AI-Driven Enterprise, Juniper Networks

Spotlight

Increases in cloud computing capacity, as well as decreases in the cost of processing, are moving at a fast pace. These patterns make it incumbent upon organizations to keep pace with changes in technology that significantly influence security. Cloud security auditing depends upon the environment, and the rapid growth of cloud computing is an important new context in world economics. The small price of entry, bandwidth, and processing power capability means that individuals and organizations of all sizes have more capacity and agility to exercise shifts in computation and to disrupt industry in cyberspace than more traditional domains of business economics worldwide. An analysis of prevalent cloud security issues and the utilization of cloud audit methods can mitigate security concerns. This verification methodology indicates how to use frameworks to review cloud service providers (CSPs).

Spotlight

Increases in cloud computing capacity, as well as decreases in the cost of processing, are moving at a fast pace. These patterns make it incumbent upon organizations to keep pace with changes in technology that significantly influence security. Cloud security auditing depends upon the environment, and the rapid growth of cloud computing is an important new context in world economics. The small price of entry, bandwidth, and processing power capability means that individuals and organizations of all sizes have more capacity and agility to exercise shifts in computation and to disrupt industry in cyberspace than more traditional domains of business economics worldwide. An analysis of prevalent cloud security issues and the utilization of cloud audit methods can mitigate security concerns. This verification methodology indicates how to use frameworks to review cloud service providers (CSPs).

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Lightspin swipes $20M to enhance enterprise cloud security

Lightspin | June 24, 2021

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Ingram Acquires Keenondots to Strengthen its Cloud Platforms

Ingram Micro | January 28, 2022

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