Windstream Enterprise, Cato Networks Deliver Managed SSE

Windstream Enterprise, an IT-managed network provider, announced what it calls “North America’s first comprehensive managed Security Service Edge (SSE) solution” powered by Cato Networks.

The company also said it is the first North American IT-managed network provider to offer a single-vendor SSE solution that delivers near-immediate and cost-effective ways for clients to protect their network, and the users and resources attached to it, while supporting the expanded remote access to cloud-based applications that customers and employees must use.

SSE can be deployed quickly to secure all endpoints, users and applications on any enterprise’s existing network configuration, so no network changes are required.

Unlike rigid on-premises, appliance-based security architectures of the past – comprised of multiple disjointed point solutions from multiple vendors – SSE is built to protect businesses amid an evolving cybersecurity threat landscape while adapting to shifting business requirements.

SSE provides the benefits of enterprise-level security along with constant visibility and maximum protection for users, devices, applications and data across any device or location. The security framework delivers a self-maintaining service that enhances all of SSE’s integrated cloud-delivered capabilities, resulting in reduced IT workloads that allow enterprises to shift focus to business-critical activities.

Further, SSE offers the flexibility to scale with the demands of a business and the contours of a network, reduces operational costs, centralizes an organization’s operations and provides white glove support from dedicated cybersecurity experts who act as an extension of your team.

“It’s clear how real the danger of cyberattacks is for businesses of all types. What’s less clear for many organizations is which security technology to put in place, and how to implement and manage it,” said Art Nichols, chief technology officer, Windstream Enterprise. “SSE from Windstream Enterprise, powered by Cato Networks, enables businesses to integrate the best available security components into their existing network environments without disruption, with experts in cybersecurity and network management there to support them on an ongoing basis. Our customers can depend on us to configure, analyze and automate every element of this complete and ironclad SSE framework.”

Since SSE is cloud-native, it can be deployed within days, so customers can receive the benefits of critical security features promptly – all with the convenience of a single-vendor solution for easy management. SSE from Windstream Enterprise, powered by Cato Networks, delivers the complete collection of integrated security capabilities, including:

  • Secure Web Gateway (SWG) protects users against phishing attacks and malicious websites.
  • Firewall as a Service (FWaaS) provides end-to-end traffic segmentation, restricting access to locations, applications and resources.
  • Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) provides secure remote access to applications on-premises and in the cloud for every user, device and location.
  • Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) controls access to cloud applications, extending enterprise security policies to the cloud and enabling regulatory compliance.
  • Next-Gen Anti-Malware (NGAM) for protecting connected sites, cloud resources and users against known and unknown malware.
  • Managed Detection & Response (MDR) for ongoing network monitoring and alerting on compromised endpoints.
  • Data Loss Prevention (DLP) for detecting and preventing sensitive data from leaving the organization, protecting critical information, customer data and intellectual property, and complying with industry regulations.
  • Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) for monitoring network traffic and blocking malicious content, providing protection against a wide range of cyber threats such as ransomware, lateral movement, vulnerability exploitation and other network-based attacks.

“Cato provides the world’s first SSE platform that converges the capabilities of SWG, CASB, DLP, ZTNA, and FWaaS into a single, cloud-native software stack, allowing full visibility and consistent policy enforcement other vendors are still working to develop,” said Shlomo Kramer, co-founder and CEO of Cato Networks. “The combination of Windstream Enterprise’s market-leading service portfolio and delivery capabilities with Cato’s proven and mature SSE platform will accelerate our joint customers’ security stack consolidation and transformation journey.”

SSE from Windstream Enterprise sets the ideal foundation for customers to shift seamlessly to Secure Access Security Edge (SASE) when they are ready to do so – by allowing customers to layer it over almost any existing network, such as Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN).

This SSE offering affords businesses with complete visibility into their network through Windstream Enterprise’s WE Connect portal, along with the opportunity to integrate it with the managed service provider’s OfficeSuite UC® solution for voice and collaboration and SD-WAN for network connectivity and access management.

“Windstream Enterprise can automate all the elements of a modern security framework and increase the value by further automating SD-WAN network control, unified communications and more, giving customers a simple, single-pane-of-glass understanding of their entire environment,” said Michael Fiacco, chief revenue officer, Windstream Enterprise. “It’s this comprehensive delivery of integrated technology – backed by our industry-first service guarantees and our dedicated team of cybersecurity experts – that creates real value for our customers and helps them succeed in their businesses, on their terms.”

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