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Zero Trust Segmentation Architected for Today Threats

When most people think of segmentation, they envision a complex patchwork of firewall rules, VLANs, and cloud-native security boundaries. It’s intimidating, like a turf battle between security, networks, and cloud ops teams. In short, it feels like a project to de-prioritize in favor of something easier.

But the problem isn’t with the concept of segmentation. Most security experts – and the White House – see segmentation as one of the most important steps you can take to improve your cyber resilience and prevent the spread of ransomware.

The problem is with how most organizations approach segmentation.
At Guardicore, we believe that segmentation needs to be fast and easy in order to be effective. That’s why we created a unique architecture that delivers scale, speed, and simplicity.

On the pages that follow, we’ll highlight some of the key architectural differentiators of Akamai Guardicore Segmentation (formerly Guardicore Centra), and how they enable a segmentation strategy that is more adaptable and scalable than any other.

Here are some of our architectural choices that made our solution the best in the industry:

Segmentation is Decoupled from the Infrastructure
One of the things that prevent organizations from embarking on a zero trust segmentation project is the fact they are reliant on their network and cloud infrastructure for segmentation.

That’s why we developed a software-based segmentation approach that operates independently from
your infrastructure.

This delivers three key advantages:

  • The same visibilty, protection, and detection capabilities extend across all on-premises and cloud environments.
  • Endpoints and workloads can roam between environments without the need to manually adapt security policies.
  • As you embrace automation and DevOps practices for your business applications, your security measures can be integrated into the same processes and tools.

Security Delivered at Any Scale
Scalability is a critical consideration to data center security. As the number of your workloads grows, scalability becomes even more critical and an efficient approach is required to scale across any
size of data center or cloud environment. Akamai Guardicore Segmentation’ solution is 100 percent software with scalability numbers that go into the hundreds of thousands. Our product is deployed in massive production environments with over 10,000 rules per agent and 10k+ entities per rule.


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