Hybrid security worries countered by HAaaS

Pictured: Prakash Mana, CEO and cofounder of Cloudbrink

When it comes to security, enterprise networks are still too focussed around office workers despite radical changes in working patterns. This allegation, from a leading tech entrepreneur, comes despite recent evidence of the difficulties of securing remote workers.


Prakash Mana, CEO and cofounder of Cloudbrink, said he believes all employees, regardless of location, now demand easy access to applications like Office365 and Salesforce, and they should expect this to be backed by low-friction Zero Trust security.


He pointed to security platform developer Splunk’s State of Security 2022 report which shows 78% of security and IT leaders saying that remote workers are harder to secure than office workers, and also that 65% of organizations have reported an uptick in attacks during the pandemic. Some 49% of respondents say they have suffered a data breach over the past two years, up from 39% in the 2021 survey.


To help protect hybrid workforces, Cloudbrink has launched a new tool plus a fresh concept in security that it is calling hybrid access-as-a-service (HAaaS).


“We’ve spoken to hundreds of CIOs and CISOs who are struggling to resolve the twin problems of performance and security for the hybrid workforce,” said Mana. “They have found no existing solution that adequately addresses the performance issues.”


He described HAaaS as a software-only service with built-in security that delivers access experiences for the modern hybrid workforce. Cloudbrink’s new tool transforms any internet or cellular connection and provides a secure end-to-end connection built on dark network and ZT principles, added Mana, saying that it replaces legacy VPN and SD-WAN architectures, leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to provide edge-native HAaaS for cloud, SaaS and data center applications.


“We’re seeing an order-of-magnitude reduction in file transfer times and a terrific audio and video quality improvement,” he concluded. “The business cares about that because when you transform the quality of experience for the user you don’t just increase productivity, you transform morale.”



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