Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 68 - Page 56


Netskope further expands NewEdge security private cloud in Africa

Netskope , a provider of security service edge ( SSE ) and zero trust solutions , has announced its continued global expansion of the Netskope NewEdge network with an additional data centre now launched and taking traffic in South Africa . The new Cape Town deployment complements the existing Johannesburg infrastructure to address growing customer demand and provide more in-region capacity and redundancy . NewEdge is now powered by data centres in 57 regions with every one providing full compute for security traffic processing , the full breadth of SSE services , and accessible to every Netskope customer without surcharges .

As the infrastructure underpinning the Netskope Security Cloud , NewEdge delivers real-time inline and out-of-band API-driven services spanning cloud firewall ( FWaaS ), secure web gateway ( SWG ), cloud access security broker ( CASB ), zero trust network access ( ZTNA ), cloud and saas security posture management ( CSPM / SSPM ), and more . In addition to accelerating the adoption of a Zero Trust approach , the performance focused NewEdge architecture ensures there are no performance tradeoffs when security is implemented . The approach reduces the risk of users working around security controls , productivity being negatively impacted , or business processes being slowed down or impeded .
Funzani Madi , Executive : Information Security , Chief Information Security Officer , Telkom South Africa a Netskope customer , said : “ It is important for us that data processing occurs within our home jurisdiction , providing tangible improvements to user experience . The new Cape Town NewEdge facility further demonstrates Netskope ’ s commitment to the African continent .”
Danie Burger , Information Security Specialist , impact . com , a management platform and Netskope customer said : “ As a Cape Town-based organisation , having local cloud infrastructure for our security makes a material difference to our users ’ experience . With offices and clients around the world , it ’ s imperative that we don ’ t create unduly lengthy data flows for security . With infrastructure located in Cape Town , and peered connections to all our main cloud services , we can introduce in-line security controls , speeding up access to cloud services .”
Grant Reynolds , regional manager , South Africa , Netskope , said : “ Every year the threat landscape becomes larger and more complex , and regulatory requirements for data protection grow , and so it is no surprise that we are seeing strong growth across Africa . Organisations are eager to adopt a Security Services Edge approach to security so that they can embrace working practices and cloud technologies that enhance productivity while ensuring their security policies follow data wherever it goes . But in practice you cannot place your security at the ‘ Edge ’ without powerful in-region infrastructure as part of a distributed and dedicated service edge , and that is why we are investing in NewEdge around the world . NewEdge is capable of inspecting massive amounts of data locally , with no need for complex , latency-prone backhauling , or reliance on unpredictable public transport .” p
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