Zayo announces network security partnership with Netskope

Communications infrastructure provider Zayo Group has announced a new partnership with Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) provider Netskope.

The partnership brings Netskope’s SSE capabilities to Zayo’s Managed Edge portfolio to provide robust network protection and application performance – from edge to core to cloud.

According to Gartner, by 2025, 80 per cent of enterprises will have adopted a strategy to unify web, cloud services and private application access using a SASE/SSE architecture. But to fully realise the benefits of SASE, seamless integration of security, networking and performance is key.

Combined with Netskope, Zayo's Managed Edge provides management and security to defend against network security threats, meet regulatory compliance requirements and enable seamless and scalable hybrid work.

"Every month, Zayo defends organisations of all sizes from data breaches, ransomware, downtime, and disaster by securing their core networks, the edge, and the cloud," said Michael McKerley, senior vice president of managed services at Zayo. "Our partnership with Netskope is enhancing how we secure our managed edge-to-core-to-cloud solution even further.

"Zayo brings the largest independent fibre network, customised management, and AI-driven network observability. Netskope brings a feature-rich, industry-leading secure service edge. The result is an enhanced SASE offering with stronger security for the most demanding cybersecurity needs."

Dave Rogers, senior vice president of global alliances and channel sales at Netskape, said, "As businesses continue to adopt cloud technologies, secure access and advanced data protection becomes paramount. A well-designed SASE solution enables businesses to strike the right balance between staying secure and getting work done, without trade-offs. We are pleased to partner with Zayo to offer the best in managed SSE capabilities, which provide the security needed for successful SASE."

In addition, Zayo has enhanced its SD-WAN with co-hosted gateways that provide a direct, private and secure link into the cloud, legacy network infrastructure and all locations. With these enhancements, Zayo’s Managed Edge provides a complete, co-managed, end-to-end networking solution with comprehensive connectivity, security, monitoring and management.

"Organisations are often hesitant to utilise SASE and SD-WAN because transitioning from their prior network connectivity can be difficult and cumbersome," said McKerley. "This partnership and the SD-WAN enhancements we’ve made give our customers the best of all worlds. We’re thrilled to be able to offer our customers an efficient network that’s secure, stable, scalable and sustainable."

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