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Perimeter 81 Announces $10 Million Funding Round to Expand its Network as a Service Platform; Partners with SonicWall to Add Unified Security Services
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SonicWall and Perimeter 81 signed a mutual OEM agreement to enhance their product offerings in the cybersecurity market by delivering a secured Network as a Service.

TEL AVIV, IsraelNov. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Perimeter 81, a leading Zero Trust network provider for enterprises and organizations, announced today a $10 million Series A investment round led by SonicWall, a Francisco Partners portfolio company, together with Spring Ventures, and existing investors. Perimeter 81 provides enterprises and organizations with a secure cloud-based network solution. SonicWall equips users with next-generation firewall & Cyber Security solutions. As a result, each company will provide a unified network & security platform that will be a one-stop-shop for network and security offerings as a service.

The companies will integrate SonicWall’s advanced security solutions and Perimeter 81’s matured and innovative Zero Trust Network as a Service solution. Both company’s platforms will offer an easy-to-use “Secure Network as a Service” solution that provides Zero Trust access to internal resources, user and branch internet security, branch interconnectivity and endpoint security in one place.

With cloud and mobility solutions changing the way we work, we are seeing an increasing number of employees working on the go. This is driving a need to shift from a dated site-centric security model to a more cloud user-friendly, service-based platform. Perimeter 81 is one of the only vendors offering a comprehensive set of converged secure network capabilities, delivered and managed from its multi-tenant cloud.

This funding round is the latest move in a year of exponential growth for Perimeter 81. Launched in February 2018, the company has already seen 400% year over year revenue growth, expanding from 180 businesses using Perimeter 81 to 500 in the past eleven months alone. More than 81% of Perimeter 81’s customers use it as their secure corporate network and not only as Zero Trust Access, replacing the need for a VPN.

“As we see greater numbers of companies, from SMBs to enterprises and governments, making the move to a perimeter-less organization largely supported by cloud services, Perimeter 81 has seen tremendous growth,” said Amit Bareket, Co-Founder and CEO of Perimeter 81. “When we created our Network as a Service solution, we made it possible to easily offer security solutions on top of our existing platform. We are excited to partner with SonicWall in order to provide the most advanced Secure Network as a Service available today.”

“We are excited to partner with Perimeter 81. This relationship will allow us to provide a wide range of businesses, from SMBs to Fortune 500s and governments, with our award-winning Capture Cloud Platform and real-time breach detection and prevention solutions, while allowing them to adopt a Zero Trust Security architecture that delivers tremendous efficacy in securing the modern organization,” said SonicWall President and CEO Bill Conner. “Going forward, our customers and partners have choices between on-premise, cloud, and now, Secure Network as a Service all with integrated management within Capture Security Services. We believe this will ensure that our customers continue to fearless.”

About Perimeter 81

Perimeter 81 is a Zero Trust Secure Network as a Service that is simplifying network security for the modern and distributed workforce. Based in Tel Aviv, the heart of the startup nation and a global hub for innovative technology development, Perimeter 81 was founded by two IDF elite intelligence unit alumni, CEO Amit Bareket and CPO Sagi Gidali. The team of security as a service experts comes together every day to deliver a truly innovative, world-class network security service. Perimeter 81’s clients range from SMB to include Fortune 500 businesses and industry leaders across a wide range of sectors, and its partners are among the world’s foremost integrators, managed service providers and channel resellers. Earlier this year, Gartner selected Perimeter 81 as a “Cool Vendor in Network and Cyber-Physical Systems Security. For more information, visit www.perimeter81.com

About SonicWall

SonicWall has been fighting the cybercriminal industry for over 28 years defending small and medium businesses, enterprises and government agencies worldwide. Backed by research from SonicWall Capture Labs, our award-winning, real-time breach detection and prevention solutions secure more than a million networks, and their emails, applications and data, in over 215 countries and territories. These organizations run more effectively and fear less about security. For more information, visit www.sonicwall.com or follow us on TwitterLinkedInFacebook and Instagram.

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Perimeter 81 Completes a $10M Funding Round Led by Partner SonicWall to Add Unified Network Security Services
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2019 was a banner year for Perimeter 81 as we introduced and launched the second version of our Zero Trust solution, Zero Trust Application Access. Additionally, we were selected by Gartner as a Cool Vendor in Network and Cyber-Physical Systems Security and named a Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ rankings for EMEA.

As we are nearing the end of 2019, we are thrilled to share that we have recently announced a new round of funding of $10 million dollars. This round was led by our new partner SonicWall, a Francisco Partners portfolio company, together with Spring Ventures, and our existing investors. This latest round of funding will help us to deliver more security and network features for our customers and accelerate the growth of our company.

This is the latest move in a year of exponential growth for Perimeter 81. Since we have launched in February 2018, we have already seen 400% year over year revenue growth, expanding from 180 businesses using Perimeter 81 to 500 in the past ten months alone. More than 81% of Perimeter 81’s customers use it as their secure corporate network and not only as Zero Trust Access, replacing the need for a VPN.

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Co-Founders Amit Bareket and Sagi Gidali

Why Perimeter 81 is Partnering with SonicWall 

Over the past year, we have consistently received great feedback from our customers about the different changes and updates that we were making in our platform, including requests for more security features. We listened to your feedback and requests and today we signed a new partnership with SonicWall in order to create this holistic solution. 

This partnership comes at a critical juncture in the network security space. With cloud and mobility solutions changing the way we work, we are seeing an increasing number of employees working on the go. This is driving a need to shift from a dated site-centric security model to a more cloud user-friendly, service-based platform. Perimeter 81 is one of the only vendors offering a comprehensive set of converged secure network capabilities, delivered and managed from its multi-tenant cloud. 

When we created our Network as a Service solution, we made it possible to easily offer security solutions on top of our existing platform. We knew right away that we wanted to partner with a strong security player to make that happen, which is why we chose SonicWall. In our OEM agreement with SonicWall, we will be integrating their advanced security solution into our secure Network as a Service platform which will create a unified network & security platform that will be a one-stop-shop for network and security offerings as a service. Among the security features that we will be integrating are secure gateways, network policies rules, IPS, Sandboxing, application control and more.

Now with the security features embedded into our platform, customers will be able to consume Zero Trust access to internal resources, user and branch internet security, branch interconnectivity and endpoint security all in one place. This new perimeter-less and unified network and security platform will revolutionize the way companies consume network security solutions, allowing companies of any size to replace the traditional and perimeter-based network security services with a cloud and service-based solution. The advanced security features are expected to launch during the second half of 2020.

New Partnership Leads The SASE Market 

Cloud and mobility solutions are changing the way we work; the internet today is fast and connectivity is everywhere. It is becoming more common to employ mobile workers from anywhere in the world causing the need for a shift from the outdated site-centric security model to a cloud-friendly service-based platform. Traditional network security, a market of tens of billions of dollars will go through disruption in the next 5 years, due to cloud and mobility, in favor of cloud-based services.

With our new partnership with SonicWall, we will have integrated the different security features and strengthen our current offering, helping us to create one of the strongest Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) model offerings in the network security space. SASE was recently named by Gartner as one of the most promising emerging technology in enterprise networking. The relatively new technology is still in early adoption stages with less than 1% of organizations adopting the new model. However, we will see the adoption rate by organizations grow in the upcoming years. 

Perimeter 81 is one of the first vendors with SASE model capabilities to build out a comprehensive set of converged secure network capabilities, delivered and managed from its multi-tenant cloud, allowing companies of all sizes to access to an enterprise-grade network security solutions as a service. 

Moving Forward to 2020 and Beyond

The latest financial investment and partnership will enable us to create and develop new features and solutions that will revolutionize the way cyber and network security is consumed moving forward. In the coming months, we will be launching new security features and product updates, creating a unified platform for secure network, cloud and application access for the modern and mobile workforce. 

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Gartner SASE: Transforming Network Security
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SASE is now doing to network security what storage devices did to the IT space.

SASE was coined in late August by leading Gartner security analysts Neil MacDonald, Lawrence Orans, and Joe Skorupa. They published the “The Future of Network Security Is in the Cloud” report, which discussed for the first time a new model for network security which will change the way organizations secure their networks and data. This model is called Secure Access Service Edge (SASE).

SASE was announced as the emerging technology model that will shape network security in the upcoming years. Gartner believes that SASE will change the network security industry, similar to how IaaS changed data center architecture. Despite being just introduced, the emerging SASE market is becoming apparent. In the report, Gartner says by 2024, at least 40% of enterprises will have security strategies that will require the SASE model. The concept of the model is to create and provide a secure cloud environment that is fully integrated into one’s network.

Cloud Services Adoption Requires Better Security 

As the majority of organizations are moving to the cloud and adopting different cloud services, they are quickly learning network security isn’t so simple. The traditional network security model was built on the idea that organizations should send traffic to corporate static networks where the necessary security services were located. At the time, this was the accepted model due to the majority of employees working from site-centric offices. 

The idea of more user-centric networks is changing the traditional network we once knew. While people are now working more remotely from home, cafes, as well as around the world the standard, hardware-based security appliances we’ve depended on are no longer adequate in securing remote network access

With the widespread adoption of cloud computing, organizations started to see the increase in employees becoming nomads. As more digital workspaces increased, the static network model became a thing of the past. This new approach presented an increase in network security issues. While static network security solutions provide a level of security for most organizations, a fundamental transformation is essential. However, this network and resources digital transformation haven’t provided a smooth transition. 

Organizations have implemented cloud services with traditional hardware security solutions such as firewalls, SD-WAN devices, and other security products. This attempt to work with both outdated security solutions and cloud services has created more problems than solutions. How can organizations moving forward combine their hardware and cloud security solutions? 

The cyber security and network security solution space is highly segmented with an endless amount of different solutions by security vendors. This is creating a massive headache for organizations that are trying to smoothly integrate these solutions in their network environment. Instead, the entire cybersecurity space needs to converge to provide a more holistic cybersecurity approach. This is where SASE is introduced. SASE allows organizations to have a software-based and service-based network that will provide a unification of different security solutions approach. It happened with the IT space with storage devices and it is now happening with the network security space with SASE.

What is SASE? 

Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) is the cloud architecture model that combines the different functions of network and security solutions into a unified cloud security platform to be delivered as a service without any or small amounts of hardware and appliances involved. The new cloud architecture model which is transforming how the cloud will integrate more smoothly with outdated security technologies all in one network. SASE provides organizations the opportunity to securely connect to a single network where they can gain access to physical and cloud resources – no matter their location.

SASE enables IT security solutions to provide a more holistic and agile service for business networking and security for its customers. What makes SASE innovative and disruptive is the idea of how it will transform the way network security is consumed over traditional products and cloud services. 

SASE Is Networking

Unlike traditional networking, SASE is removing the outdated network idea of site-centric to a more user-centric mindset. Instead of organizations connecting their networks and resources under one branch to a central office, the SASE model suggests that businesses should instead connect their employees and networks on a more user-centric level to a cloud-based service. 

In the past, the majority of networks for organizations were pinpointed at the central data center for user access. While this approach was implemented by global organizations, Gartner suggests that this site-centric approach is outdated and not effective as organizations are turning to edge platforms, SaaS solutions and cloud services. While the concept of organizations providing a data center for user access won’t disappear overnight its will become less relevant as the majority of services are moving to the cloud. 

According to Gartner, SASE provides organizations of all sizes many advantages over traditional security technologies such as better flexibility for users and IT managers, more affordable network costs and greater performance. 

SASE Means More Security Features

While current network security solutions emphasis on very specific features in their product, SASE creates the opportunity for security services to provide different security features than their initial offering. One of the key additional security features that SASE can offer is Zero Trust network access. 

Due to the SASE model, which is not dependent on an IP address or location of a user’s device for policy enforcement, organizations can implement the Zero Trust approach for consistent and secure network access and policy enforcement. 

By enforcing the Zero Trust approach for identity user access ensures policy enforcement and protection for all users, devices, applications, and data, regardless of where they’re connecting from. This user-centric approach makes the verification of authorized entities mandatory, not optional. By implementing a holistic security approach with the SASE model will provide a more flexible and adaptable versus any potential network risks moving forward all organizations no matter the size. 

Is SASE the Right Model For Your Organization?

For each organization the successful network security depends on the right solution, organizations can feel confident that they can implement the SASE model without needing to modify the existing network.

With secure, segmented and audited access to cloud environments, applications, and local services, Perimeter 81’s SASE service increases security, auditing, monitoring, and visibility while reducing help-desk support and hardware spending.

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How Employees Open the Door to Hackers (and how to prevent it)
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With every passing day, we are seeing more and more security breaches announced globally. Whether it’s the massive Capital One data breach or the latest CafePress data breach, organizations of all sizes are being targeted and breached by malicious actors. While these breaches grab headlines, reporters are constantly highlighting the hackers, information or the failure of technology. 

These stories may be exciting for your casual reader, we should be asking ourselves what is the real reason these breaches are happening. Unfortunately, companies prefer not to admit to it but the reality is that breaches, no matter the size, tend to be caused by a mistake from someone inside the company.

According to an industry report by Shred-it, 47% of business leaders cited human error as the main cause of a data breach at their organization. These simple but harmful mistakes are hurting organizations financially and ruining customer’s trust in their service or product. One of the main reasons for these mistakes is that far too many employees are not fully aware of the security policies implemented at their company. By not following these security policies, employees are lowering their guard and presenting an easier target for hackers.

Remote Workers: Ideal Target for Hackers

The adoption of remote workers for organizations is increasing by the day. More and more companies are hiring remote workers and allowing employees to work on the go, which presents an increase of potential security risks. For example, when remote workers are using an unsecured public Wi-Fi network, it provides an easy path for hackers to gain access to your organization’s critical resources and network.  

When allowing employees to work remotely, organizations must clearly outline those remote employees’ responsibilities regarding IT security best practices and the importance of data protection. To provide another layer of defense, organizations must implement remote worker specific security policies which include device monitoring, multi-factor authentication and forcing employees to specific locations with secure Wi-Fi networks.

While remote workers might be easier targets for hackers, all types of employees must be aware of all the different kinds of attacks that will exploit human behavior to open the door for hackers. 

The 3 Most Popular Types of Attacks on Employees

Phishing 

Phishing is the most common and easiest way to attack company employees due to its low costs and its organic nature. Hackers target your employees by sending official-looking emails requesting that they send them critical information from their work device. Despite it being one of the oldest and original methods of hacking, most phishing emails can fool the common employee. 

The most famous phishing attack was Phish Phry, where hundreds of bank and credit card customers received an official-looking email directing them towards fake financial websites. People entered their account numbers and passwords into fraudulent forms, giving the attackers easy access to their private data.

Pro Tip: Remind your employees to always make sure the email address, email tone, requests fit the sender’s tendencies and if suspicious to report it to the security team. Another confirmation of a phishing email can help prevent a future phishing attack.

Social Engineering

This kind of attack is when hackers lure your employees into the trap by gathering personal data on them or your organization from the internet or social media. Hackers will use psychological manipulation to trick users into making security mistakes or giving away sensitive information. Hackers will investigate on how to gather the necessary background information and then gain the employee’s trust, which will result in the person breaking security practices, such as revealing sensitive information or granting access to critical resources.

The most famous social engineering attack was 2013’s Yahoo data breach. Leaked data included names, email addresses, phone numbers, security questions (encrypted or unencrypted), dates of birth, and passwords. Furthermore, the breach was used to falsify login data, allowing hackers to grant access to any account without the use of a password. 

Pro tip: Check the source. Make sure your employees check the URL links to see if they are real, and the person sending you the email is actually someone you know or work with. Usually, a spelling error is a dead giveaway that they are being attacked.

Ransomware 

This kind of attack is a type of malicious software which is designed to deny access to critical files unless a ransom is paid. Companies that don’t give in to ransomware attacks tend to result in the publishing of their critical data on the dark web or in the headlines. Even if organizations pay the ransom it’s not guaranteed that they will regain access. 

The most famous ransomware attack was Wannacry. It struck a number of important and high-profile systems globally. This attack exploited a Windows vulnerability that was suspected to have been first discovered by the United States National Security Agency

Pro Tip: To fight off ransomware attacks, your employees should regularly update their devices’ software and block fake email messages using email authentication.

Keys For Better Employee Security Hygiene 

Fighting off potential attacks such as described above starts with continuous and ongoing security training with your employees. The better trained your employees and organization are with IT security best practices, the lesser chance of a successful attack sneaking into your networks and resources. 

Educate Your Employees 

One of the key steps for better employee security hygiene is knowing the best practices and how to implement them in your daily workday. It is important to train employees on security policies and to explain the rationale behind those policies.

Employees don’t care about creating a strong password or watching for phishing emails if they don’t understand the risks behind them. You don’t need to teach employees about every technical detail in security protocols, but they should know which risks can impact their jobs. Organizations should frequently run training sessions to keep their employees up to date with security best practices. 

Minimize Data Access

If you provide all your employees access to every resource in your organization, they are potentially creating more levels of risks. To keep it simple, only give access to employees that need those resources to do their job. By limiting access, you will be safeguarded from potential leaking of your organization’s sensitive information (personal information, financial information) of the organization that shouldn’t be seen by your entire staff.  

Implementing Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

It’s 2019 and MFA is everywhere. Despite its importance, MFA frustrates many employees, even though it is one of the most effective practices today. By forcing a second factor for identity verification, risks are eliminated by ensuring that stolen credentials alone won’t be enough to ensure access. When you implement MFA capabilities with strong passwords, SSH keys, and strong internet hygiene, you can further reduce the chances of a breach.

User-Friendly Security Solutions

One of the most effective ways to make sure your employees aren’t creating security risks is by implementing user-friendly security solutions throughout the entire organization. By implementing employee-friendly security solutions, another layer of defense against hackers will be added. To make the user experience more useful and enjoyable for your employees, these solutions should be easy to implement, straightforward, not too technical and optimized for their work environment. The better the user experience, the more secure your employees are. 

Moving Forward 

The common misconception is that malicious actors are gaining access to devices and networks by exploiting systems and vulnerabilities. In reality, they are actually targeting your employees with simple and effective attacks. 

Moving forward, your organization should implement a combination of engaging employee training and the adoption of security solutions. By implementing periodic employee security training and security solutions, your organization and its employees will be moving in the right direction to fight off attacks from hackers. 

We hope you found this post helpful! If you’d like to learn more about the many advantages a Zero Trust Network as a Service solution, check out our blog 5 Non-Disruptive Tips to Get Started with Zero Trust Network Security.

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Perimeter 81 Named Wi-Fi Security Solution of the Year in 2019 CyberSecurity Breakthrough Awards
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Company Wins “Wi-Fi Security Solution of the Year” Award in 2019 CyberSecurity Breakthrough Awards

Perimeter 81, the leading Zero Trust Secure Network as a Service provider, today announced that it has been named the winner of the “Wi-Fi Security Solution of the Year” award from CyberSecurity Breakthrough, an independent organization that recognizes the top companies, technologies and products in the global information security market today.

The annual CyberSecurity Breakthrough Awards honor excellence and recognize the innovation, hard work and success in a range of information security categories, including cloud security, threat detection, risk management, fraud prevention, mobile security, email security and more. This year’s program attracted more than 3,500 nominations from companies across the globe.

“This prestigious recognition from the CyberSecurity Breakthrough awards inspires us to look ahead and continuously seek new, innovative ways to improve our product,” said Amit Bareket, CEO and Co-Founder of Perimeter 81. “We’re continuing to work on transforming the world of secure network access and help businesses of all industries securely move to the cloud and empower their modern, mobile workforce.”

“This award is an attestation to the hard work our team has put in the past year to make Perimeter 81 one of the leading Wi-Fi Security solutions. We are looking forward to continuing to build on this momentum in 2020 and moving forward,” says Sagi Gidali, CPO and Co-Founder of Perimeter 81.

About CyberSecurity Breakthrough Awards

Part of Tech Breakthrough, a leading market intelligence and recognition platform for global technology innovation and leadership, the CyberSecurity Breakthrough Awards program is devoted to honoring excellence in information security and cybersecurity technology companies, products and people. The CyberSecurity Breakthrough Awards provide a platform for public recognition around the achievements of breakthrough information security companies and products in categories including Cloud Security, Threat Detection, Risk Management, Fraud Prevention, Mobile Security, Web and Email Security, UTM, Firewall and more

View the complete list of winners

About Perimeter 81

Perimeter 81 is a Zero Trust Network as a Service that has taken the outdated, complex and hardware-based traditional network security technologies, and transformed them into a user-friendly and easy-to-use software solution — simplifying secure network access for the modern and distributed workforce. Founded by two IDF elite intelligence unit alumni, CEO Amit Bareket and CPO Sagi Gidali, Perimeter 81 serves a wide range of businesses, from midsize to Fortune 500 companies, and has established partnerships with the world’s foremost integrators, managed service providers and channel resellers.

 

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Perimeter 81 Honored as Gold Winner in the 11th Annual 2019 Golden Bridge Awards
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TEL AVIV, Israel- Perimeter 81, the leading Zero Trust Secure Network as a Service provider, announced its Zero Trust Network as a Service solution was named a Gold Winner in the 2019 Golden Bridge Awards for Startup of the Year in Cyber Security Cloud/SaaS.

The annual Golden Bridge Awards program encompasses the world’s best in organizational performance, innovations, products and services, executives and management teams, women in business and the professions, as well as innovations, best deployments, product management, etc. from every major industry in the world. Organizations from all over the world are eligible to submit nominations including public and private, for-profit and nonprofit, largest to smallest and new start-ups. Winners will be honored in San Francisco on Monday, October 28, 2019 during the annual Red Carpet SVUS Awards Ceremony.

“We are honored to be recognized for our product innovation,” said Amit Baraket, CEO and Co-Founder of Perimeter 81. “Today, employees are working from everywhere and anywhere and are increasingly using cloud technologies. With Perimeter 81, it is our aim to help businesses seamlessly secure network, cloud and application access for the modern and mobile workforce. We are very proud to be recognized by the Golden Bridge Awards for our innovative and user-centric Software-Defined Perimeter and Zero Trust technology.”

Perimeter 81’s win adds to a list of other 2019 honors that have recognized the Zero Trust Network as a Service, including being selected by Gartner as a Cool Vendor in Network and Cyber-Physical Systems Security” and the Frost & Sullivan Software-Defined Access Technology Leadership Award.

About the Golden Bridge Awards

The Golden Bridge Awards are an annual industry and peers recognition program honoring the best companies in every major industry from large to small and new start-ups in North America, Europe, Middle-East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin-America. The Award highlights the Best New Products and Services, Best Innovations, Management and Teams, Women in Business and the Professions, Case Studies, Customer Satisfaction, and PR and Marketing Campaigns from all over the world. Learn more about Golden Bridge Awards at www.goldenbridgeawards.com

About Perimeter 81

Perimeter 81 is a Zero Trust Network as a Service that has taken the outdated, complex and hardware-based traditional network security technologies, and transformed them into a user-friendly and easy-to-use software solution — simplifying secure network access for the modern and distributed workforce. Founded by two IDF elite intelligence unit alumni, CEO Amit Bareket and CPO Sagi Gidali, Perimeter 81 serves a wide range of businesses, from midsize to Fortune 500 companies, and has established partnerships with the world’s foremost integrators, managed service providers and channel resellers.

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Deloitte Names Perimeter 81 as One of the 500 Fastest-Growing EMEA Tech Companies
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TEL AVIV, Israel – Perimeter 81 announced that it has been recognized in the 2018 Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ rankings for EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa). This annual ranking of the fastest-growing EMEA companies in the technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and energy tech sectors. 

For more than 20 years, Deloitte has recognized the fastest-growing public and private technology companies globally. Award winners are selected based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth from 2014 to 2017. Perimeter 81 impressive growth nearly reached 1287% during the three-year period.

With this recognition, we are positioned as one of the fastest-growing technology companies in the network security industry. “Cloud and mobility are creating a mega shift in traditional network security,” said Amit Baraket, CEO and Co-Founder of Perimeter 81. “With Perimeter 81, it is our aim to help businesses seamlessly secure network, cloud and application access for the modern and mobile workforce. Being named by Deloitte in this prestigious list of technology companies is truly an honor and a clear example of our employees’ dedication, talent and passion for our innovative and user-centric Software-Defined Perimeter and Zero Trust technology.”

“We are proud to be recognized as an industry player whose network security solution has grown over 1200% in the past three years, it is an incredible validation for our solution and company we’ve worked hard to build.” says Sagi Gidali, CPO and Co-Founder. 

About Deloitte’s 2018 Technology Fast 500™

Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 provides a ranking of the fastest-growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and energy tech companies — both public and private — in North America. Technology Fast 500 award winners are selected based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth from 2014 to 2017.

In order to be eligible for Technology Fast 500 recognition, companies must own proprietary intellectual property or technology that is sold to customers in products that contribute to a majority of the company’s operating revenues. Companies must have base-year operating revenues of at least $50,000 USD, and current-year operating revenues of at least $5 million USD. Additionally, companies must be in business for a minimum of four years and be headquartered within North America.

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About Deloitte

Deloitte provides audit & assurance, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, tax and related services to public and private clients spanning multiple industries. Deloitte serves four out of five Fortune Global 500® companies through a globally connected network of member firms in more than 150 countries and territories bringing world-class capabilities, insights and service to address clients’ most complex business challenges. 

About Perimeter 81

Perimeter 81 is a Zero Trust Network as a Service that has taken the outdated, complex and hardware-based traditional network security technologies, and transformed them into a user-friendly and easy-to-use software solution — simplifying secure network access for the modern and distributed workforce. Founded by two IDF elite intelligence unit alumni, CEO Amit Bareket and CPO Sagi Gidali, Perimeter 81 serves a wide range of businesses, from midsize to Fortune 500 companies, and has established partnerships with the world’s foremost integrators, managed service providers and channel resellers.

If you’d like to receive a full tour of Perimeter 81’s award-winning Zero Trust Network as a Service be sure to request a complimentary demo.

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Weak WeWork Wi-Fi Network Security Leaves Tenants’ Records Exposed
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With the rise of the mobile and remote workforce, more and more organizations are changing from the outdated cubicle office architecture to the modern coworking space option. Coworking spaces such as WeWork and Green Space offer many different advantages for organizations, from lower office costs, flexibility in working, networking opportunities, happy hours and more. However, along with the advantages there are always some security risks.

Working out of a coworking space might save your organization money and overhead, but it’s important to consider the security implications it presents to your organization’s resources. In the case of the lead coworking space WeWork, massive security risks have grabbed the headlines over the past month.

WeWork’s Lax Wi-Fi Security

Security issues with WeWork’s Wi-Fi network were first introduced in August 2019 in a Fast Company report, which noted that the company “used the same weak passwords and outdated Wi-Fi system throughout all its branches”. WeWork’s lack of password security has gotten to the point that it has regularly been featured on the list of the worst passwords that anyone can possibly use. The report described that WeWork’s Wi-Fi weak security is “laughably weak” and “downright dangerous.”

The “laughably weak” Wi-Fi at WeWork now has resulted in exposing the sensitive documents and data of it’s New York’s Financial District members.

CNET reported that a WeWork tenant named Teemu Airamo who joined the New York shared workspace in 2015 scanned the facility’s Wi-Fi security upon arrival to ensure his organization would not be vulnerable to an attack. Airamo noticed that other companies located at the WeWork were visible on the network and were spilling out an “astronomical amount” of data.

Airamo disclosed the issue to the WeWork management, and despite the Wi-Fi security risk, WeWork never patched the vulnerability. Four years later, this Wi-Fi security risk is still intact. Airamo over the years has continued to run regular scans of the network and found that over 700 devices are leaking information from the WeWork network. The different kinds of sensitive data exposed included emails, financial records, and client databases as well as scans of people’s IDs, their bank account credentials and, quite randomly, a virtual birthday card with a cat photo of Nicolas Cage.

Public Wi-Fi Security Risks 

With 90 percent of Americans using their personal devices for work, employees are constantly at risk of accidentally opening access to company data. To fight off potential hacks on the network or the risk of exposing critical data, everyone needs a better understanding of the different security risks that correlate with using public Wi-Fi networks.

Insufficient Encryption

Many Wi-Fi hotspots have absolutely no form of encryption, or they utilize a weak WEP protocol that can result in a potential security breach.

Poor Password Protection

Wi-Fi hotspots often have widely shared passwords, or even worse, absolutely no password protection. This provides incredibly easy access to hackers to access the network and compromise your data.

Lack of Awareness

Most people are not aware of the different kinds of risks when using public Wi-Fi and assume the network must be secure. In fact, only one in three people can actually tell the difference between secured and unsecured Wi-Fi networks.

Steps to Secure Wi-Fi Network

One of the most popular network misconceptions is that free public Wi-Fi is completely secure. If you’re using public Wi-Fi without the proper protection, you’re potentially putting your organization’s sensitive data at risk. Here are a few measures you can take right now to start protecting your data on public Wi-Fi.

Browse Only over HTTPS Encrypted Sites

When you browse on a website you want to check for a green lock symbol at the start of the URL. This indicates that your traffic is being encrypted through SSL encryption technology and that the data transferred between your browser and the website is secured. However, this method is still vulnerable to SSL stripping.

Enable Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a great way to prevent your accounts from being hacked. It ensures that, in addition to your username and password, a second layer of verification such as an SMS code is required. However, in the case of public Wi-Fi, this method only protects your account during the login process, so it isn’t enough to keep you safe online.

Disable Auto Join to Wi-Fi Networks

Many Wi-Fi hotspots are unsecured. However, your phone automatically remembers previous networks you’ve connected to and will reconnect to them even if you don’t interact with your phone. Since it’s important to make sure that the network you’re connecting to is authorized, reliable and trustworthy, you should disable auto-join on your device.

Authorized Access is Key

Many organizations are still relying on outdated hardware-based VPN technology for their secure network access, however, it’s not enough to fight off the new network attacks.

Secure network access must be defended and protected by adopting security strategies, like the popular Zero Trust security model, which enforces multiple layers of verification before granting resource access.

Furthermore, this breach highlights the need to embrace cloud-compatible cybersecurity solutions. According to the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), Software-Defined Perimeters provide “the ability to deploy perimeters that retain the traditional model’s value of invisibility and inaccessibility to “outsiders,” but can be deployed anywhere – on the internet, in the cloud, at a hosting center, on the private corporate network, or across some or all of these locations.

To prevent similar risks such as WeWork’s Wi-Fi security risks, organizations should use Software-Defined Perimeter technology and the Zero Trust model to ensure secure access by authorized devices, users and locations. They should also seek services such as Perimeter 81 which include advanced or even automatic Wi-Fi security features, ensuring employee communications are encrypted across all Internet connections. With Perimeter 81, organizations can ensure that only authorized connections are being established while leaving their cloud environments completely hidden from attacks.

To learn more about Perimeter 81’s Zero Trust Network as a Service be sure to request a complimentary demo.

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5 Steps to Improving Your Cloud Security
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The adoption of the cloud has come a long way in the past decade. In the early 2010s “The Cloud” was initially introduced as a buzzword, but today most organizations are employing the cloud for their business. Seventy-two percent of all businesses globally are dependent on some form of the cloud in their daily work life and that number will increase even more for personal use. The adoption of the cloud is changing the way businesses and organizations are running globally as everyone and everything is becoming dependent on technology.

The cloud market is estimated to be worth $411 billion by 2020 and the number will only continue to increase with more and more organizations moving from on-premise to the cloud. 

While cloud usage is rapidly increasing, one of the major concerns for all organizations with the adoption of the cloud is security. Every year we are seeing a continuous increase in the number of cloud-related security breaches leading organizations to carefully contemplate whether to adopt cloud services or stay on-premises.

In the early years of cloud adoption, the cloud was less secure than we know it today. However, service providers have learned from their past mistakes and implemented new security features that can fight off different cloud risks. Better security tools and processes have been developed to make the cloud safer than on-premises solutions in many cases, but for complete cloud security, organizations need to emphasize the priority of cloud security. 

Security Has to Become a Priority 

Organizations are stepping up their adoption of cloud services and are becoming more at ease and familiar with the importance of working securely in the cloud. The reasoning behind the increasing adoption of cloud services is that organizations are implementing the common shared-responsibility model of cloud security which is the idea that organizations and their cloud service providers are in agreement to split up different responsibilities for the cloud deployment. The cloud provider will be responsible for cloud deployments such as networks and operating systems and the organizations will be responsible for the rest. Yet working with well-known cloud providers doesn’t always mean that your cloud resources are secure. It is extremely important for organizations to invest in cloud security in order to avoid security risks in their network and to defend against internal and external cloud threats. However, while this is an obvious priority for security teams, it also needs to become a priority for all employees.

The decision-makers need to have a better understanding and commitment to the importance of cloud security. Instead of just delegating every security risk to the security team, it has to become a decision maker’s issue as well because the result of failure can potentially collapse a business. Any organization may be only a data breach away from catastrophe.

5 Steps to Improving Your Cloud Security 

With the constant threats against networks and web applications increasing, it’s time for a refresher on how to secure your organization’s cloud security in just five steps.

Deploying Authentication Tools

Adopting a multi-factor authentication solution inside your organization provides another layer of security by challenging users to prove they are who they say they are. It provides IT security teams with broad visibility into the organization’s network and application. 

Encouraging your employees to sign in with one or more extra authentication tools on top of their username/password is a simple and efficient way to provide an additional layer of protection.  

Manage Your User Access

Most of your employees won’t need access to every application, resource or critical information belonging to your organization. Setting proper levels of authorization ensures that each employee can only have access and work on the applications or resources necessary for them to do their job.

Stolen user accounts are major concerns for organizations’ cloud security. This headache can be fixed if we limit what users can access. So even though we still require verification for every user, by providing employees with a minimal level of privileges, this will make it harder for hackers to access the organization’s critical resources and networks.

Monitoring User Network Activities

Real-time monitoring and analysis of network users’ activities can help you point out anomalies from the normal activity patterns of your employees. For example, unknown users logging in from unauthorized devices, IP addresses, locations and more.

Logging user data will allow you to prove to auditors that your networks and applications are secure and you can provide a full activity report at any given time and location in case of a serious breach. These irregular activities could display a potential breach in your system, and discovering them early on will allow you to fix security issues.

Encrypt Your Data

By failing to encrypt sensitive data you risk putting both your organization and customers at risk. It is the responsibility of the cloud provider to make sure that data is encrypted, and that the data can be properly decrypted once it’s taken from the cloud. 

IT teams should have the encryption and decryption keys in a secure location, and they should never be stored with the data on the cloud. This encrypted data is very hard to crack, especially if the cloud provider and organization use different encryptions on the data.

Educate Your Team 

One of the key steps for better cloud security is to educate employees. Human error accounts for 90% of data breaches and it can be very easy to accidentally introduce malware into an organization’s network. It is important to train employees on security policies and to explain the rationale behind those policies.

Employees won’t care about creating a strong password or watching for phishing emails if they don’t understand the risks behind them. You don’t need to teach employees about every technical detail in security protocols, but they should know which risks can impact their jobs. Organizations should frequently run training sessions to keep their employees up to date with security best practices. 

Secure Networks with Cloud Security

Improving your cloud security starts with prioritizing the importance of cloud adoption and the correct security hygiene throughout the organization. Start with adopting a Zero Trust Network as a Service that incorporates the Software-Defined Perimeter model such as Perimeter 81, which allows you to deploy authentication tools, manage user access and monitor network activities in all in one platform.

Your cloud security strategy should be flexible and upgraded to cope with the different security threats. By implementing the 5 steps above and utilizing a Zero Trust Network as a Service, your organization will have a more complete and secure cloud security.

 

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The Rise of Network as a Service
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An increase in innovation in enterprise IT is changing how companies manage every aspect of their business. At the core of this revolution is the rise of cloud computing, which is among the most significant transformations since the launch of the internet.

Before cloud computing technology was available, businesses had to manage their network and resources on-premises, with employees working from one site-centric location. Today, the IT industry is seeing a massive increase in organizations adopting cloud services that use private clouds, which are created independently and used by a single organization. 

As for employees, we are seeing an increase of over 16% of global companies fully employing remote workers on the go and thus make the adoption of the cloud a requirement for organizations moving forward. 

The global cloud computing market is estimated to be worth over $300 billion by 2022. Cloud computing has transformed IT offerings for organizations with cost-effective, scalable solutions to the various needs of the IT teams. Further, it has proven to be a critical stepping stone for the future of how organizations adopt cloud-based networks. 

Cloud Networks May Lead to More Security Issues 

The use of cloud network services is universal—we’ve seen this rise over the past decade to the point where many of our organizations couldn’t function today without the cloud. The ability to quickly upload resources, adopt new applications, and respond in real-time to end users’ tickets allows organizations to compete effectively in today’s ever-changing marketplace. The understanding that sensitive data lives in the cloud and must be protected is critical for cloud adoption growth. Critical to cloud adoption growth is the understanding that sensitive data, now lives in the cloud and must be protected. The cloud also introduces a different set of risks that need to be understood properly in order to prevent potential cyber.

The expansion of cloud services being implemented by organizations means that it can be confusing to clearly understand where and which data is being exposed to risk. Storing data without encryption and lack of multi-factor authentication for access can lead to loss of intellectual property, loss of management control, exposure to malware, compliance violations, massive data breaches with customers and partners and ultimately loss of customer trust and loss of revenue. As we learned in the Capital One data breach, we need a clear understanding of which cloud services are being used and which data is being uploaded in order to implement specific security policies.  

Organizations that introduce company-wide identity access policies provide another layer of security for their employees and their customer’s data. This is where the idea of Network as a Service is introduced. 

What is a Network as a Service?

To understand if Network as a Service is the right solution for your organization, we need to understand what it actually is and why it’s the modern solution for cloud network security

Network as a Service is the model of delivering enterprise network services virtually on a subscription basis. Configuring and operating business networks and protocols routers can be time-consuming and complicated. With Network as a Service (NaaS), the entire network operations can be handled by a third-party service provider, such as Perimeter 81.

Small to midsize businesses are the classic NaaS buyers, however, with the rise of SaaS and other service models, enterprises and large organizations are becoming more interested in the network model. NaaS can also be appealing to new business owners because there is no need for a large investment for traditional network hardware. This model also reduces the amount of staff time required to maintain the network and reduces the level of training and skill required of network staff.

In the NaaS business model, IT Security teams can manage the organization’s network through a portal rather than through network management tools and out of date hardware. A new virtual network can be added to the organization’s WAN by connecting it to the NaaS provider’s nearest point of presence (POP) either directly through a leased line to a nearby data center or over the internet.

Now that we’ve explained the advantages of a Network as a Service, read on to find out how this particular model can benefit your organization. 

Benefits of Network as a Service

Network as a Service will become the ideal business model for delivering scalable network services using a subscription-based application and enables vendors to scale the service by the customer needs and add new functionality and features on-demand. 

Additionally, businesses can easily deploy custom routing and user access protocols. Further, by modifying the content of the network, businesses can efficiently implement advanced network services, such as in-network data aggregation, redundancy elimination and more. 

Here are some key benefits when implementing a NaaS for your business:

Reduced Costs

Implementing a Network as a Service reduces many IT costs including infrastructure, hardware, software, operations, and maintenance. The lowered expenses are due not only to outsourcing but also to the knowledge and expertise that NaaS providers can bring to the table. The right NaaS partner can make the transitional period as smooth as possible, minimizing expenses and mistakes as you implement new processes and equipment.

Continuous Maintenance 

Network as a Service provides a continuous monitoring service to ensure that threats are easily preventable, and notifications can often be configured so that major issues can be identified and resolved.

Enhanced Security

With Network as a Service, service providers can protect and secure sensitive data, applications, and resources. 

Increased Levels of Uptime  

Many Service Level Agreements (SLAs) are created with managed network service providers that guarantee levels of their availability, network uptime, and response and resolving services for addressing network issues. Employing a Network as a Service with a reputable provider is an easy way to ensure these service level guarantees, and provide organizations with confidence that they have a dependable and stable communications system.

The Future of Network as a Service

Software-defined wide area networks have opened new opportunities for network service providers to offer Network as a Service to more enterprise businesses. While organizations today are expanding globally, relying on data and applications on the cloud and driven by the mobile workforce, SD-WAN is addressing the right IT needs. This new network service approach allows security vendors to provide one network with one security framework for all users and applications, which makes IT leaner, more agile. While a software-defined wide area network has played as a strong variable with today’s evolution of the wide-area network, it has successfully encouraged businesses to adopt Network as a Service by bringing a new vision for networking and security to today’s business.

When looking into the future of Network as a Service, another phase is now developing. While still being defined, some of the attributes that are emerging include the expansion of running Network as a Service workload in public clouds.

The transition of running cloud services in the public cloud domain will likely be a gradual process, but there is already an initial demand for this capability for applications. The attraction here is that the public cloud is well-suited to deliver any service that requires cloud computing. 

As a result, future phases of NaaS will continue to expand with the increasing adoption of cloud services. Every business will have its own strategy for migrating to the internet. However, given the fact that Network as a Service is always evolving with the cloud, IT managers will have a lot of different network options moving forward.

We hope you found this post helpful! If you’d like to learn more about the many advantages of a Zero Trust Network as a Service, check out our blog 5 Non-Disruptive Tips to Get Started with Zero Trust Network Security.

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Perimeter 81 Continues Winning Streak with 12 Awards in the 14th Annual IT World Awards
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Perimeter 81, the leading Zero Trust Secure Network as a Service provider, has been named the winner of twelve different awards in the 14th Annual Network Products Guides 2019 IT World Awards. The wins include Gold for Fastest Growing IT Company of the Year | 11 – 2,499 Employees and Silver for Startup of the Year | Israel. Additionally, Sivan Tehila, Perimeter 81’s Director of Solution Architecture, was recognized in the category of Woman in Information Technology for her work in promoting women in cybersecurity.

The IT World Awards is the Information Technology (IT) industry’s premier excellence awards program honoring achievements in every facet of the IT industry. An annual achievements and recognition awards program with active participation from a broad spectrum of industry voices, the coveted annual IT World Awards recognition program encompasses the world’s best in organizational performance, products and services, hot technologies, executives and management teams, successful deployments, product management and engineering, customer satisfaction, and public relations in every area of IT.

“This prestigious recognition from IT World Awards inspires us to look ahead and continuously seek new, innovative ways to improve our product,” said Amit Bareket, CEO and Co-Founder of Perimeter 81. “We’re continuing to work on transforming the world of secure network access and help businesses of all industries securely move to the cloud and empower their modern, mobile workforce.”

“I’m honored and humbled to be included in an award celebrating such powerful and inspiring women in tech,” said Sivan Tehila, Director of Solution Architecture of Perimeter 81. “It’s exciting to be recognized for my work promoting women in cybersecurity, and I hope I am motivating more women to join the field.”

The full list of awards Perimeter 81 received includes:

Fastest Growing IT Company of the Year | 11 – 2,499 Employees – Gold
Startup of the Year | Israel – Silver
Women in Information Technology | 11 – 2,499 Employees – Bronze, recognizing Perimeter 81’s Director of Solution Architecture Sivan Tehila
Company of the Year | Information Technology Software | 11 – 2,499 Employees – Bronze
Company of the Year | Security Cloud/SaaS | 11 – 2,499 Employees – Bronze
Company of the Year | Security Services | 11 – 2,499 Employees – Bronze
Startup of the Year | Information Technology Software – Bronze
Startup of the Year | Security Cloud/SaaS – Bronze
Startup of the Year | Security Software – Bronze
Hot IT Company of the Year | Information Technology Software – Bronze
Hot IT Company of the Year | Security Cloud/SaaS – Bronze
Hot IT Company of the Year | Security Software – Bronze

About NPG’s IT World Awards

As the industry’s leading technology research and advisory publication, Network Products Guide plays a vital role in keeping decision-makers and end-users informed of the choices they can make in all areas of information technology. The Annual IT World Awards is part of the SVUS Awards® recognition program from Silicon Valley in the United States of America which also includes other programs such as CEO World Awards, Consumer World Awards, Customer Sales and Service World Awards, Golden Bridge Awards, Globee Awards, Info Security PG’s Global Excellence Awards, Pillar World Awards, PR World Awards, and Women World Awards. 

View the complete list of winners

About Perimeter 81

Perimeter 81 is a Zero Trust Network as a Service that has taken the outdated, complex and hardware-based traditional network security technologies, and transformed them into a user-friendly and easy-to-use software solution — simplifying secure network access for the modern and distributed workforce. Founded by two IDF elite intelligence unit alumni, CEO Amit Bareket and CPO Sagi Gidali, Perimeter 81 serves a wide range of businesses, from midsize to Fortune 500 companies, and has established partnerships with the world’s foremost integrators, managed service providers and channel resellers.

If you’d like to receive a full tour of Perimeter 81’s award-winning Zero Trust Network as a Service be sure to request a complimentary demo.

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Black Hat 2019: Network Security and Beyond
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The 2019 Black Hat USA conference may have come and gone, and we’re thrilled to report a successful and productive (and fun!) experience at one of the industry’s top security conferences. Black Hat is still at the top of our minds, thanks to over one thousand network security conversations that took place at our booth. 

Join us as we look back on last week’s event from start to finish, sharing our key learnings, conversations and booth activities.

Simon Says: Visit Perimeter 81’s Booth

We went all out at Black Hat – we had extensive demos so attendees could walk through our Zero Trust Network as a Service solution and all of its capabilities.

We also made sure that guests were in for some fun! Attendees who stopped by our booth experienced nostalgia by playing the game Simon Says. Each participant that successfully made it to the second stage of the game was automatically entered into a raffle for great prizes. Winners received wireless headphones, retro puzzles, and portable record player.

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Presenting at the SentinelOne Booth

Our CEO and Co-Founder Amit Bareket presented at SentinelOne’s booth where he discussed our latest partnership with SentinelOne. The new partnership provides a wide range of businesses, from midsize companies to Fortune 500s, with unified network and endpoint security, ensuring more effective threat defense for the cloud and mobile-first world.

The new integration with SentinelOne’s next-gen solution ensures that endpoints are fully compliant and protected before they join Perimeter 81’s secure cloud-based network.

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Mirage of Industry Experts

During the week of Black Hat, thousands of security experts converge together in Las Vegas to get a better understanding of the security trends in 2019 and forward. This presents a great opportunity for customers and vendors to meet industry experts in person. Our Director of Solution Architecture, Sivan Tehila, had the pleasure of meeting with Richard Stiennon the author of Secure Cloud Transformation: The CIO’S Journey While talking to Richard, Sivan presented our solution and explained how it fulfills the vision of his great book.

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On the second day of Black Hat, David Spark stopped by our booth for a great conversation about network security. David is the host of one of our favorite podcasts: CISO/Security Vendor Relationship Series.

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Great Conference to See Customers

One of the best parts of attending Black Hat has been the opportunity to meet with our amazing clients. Even if it’s just a quick hello or a longer conversation, it’s great to be acknowledged by your customers. While at the conference we had great conversations with eight different customers and each conversation provided us with real-time customer insights of our solution.

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Meeting the Synack team at the Perimeter 81 booth

The ETS-AV team discussing Perimeter 81   

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Catching up with Tessitura Network at the Perimeter 81 booth

Until Next Time

When it was all said and done, it was a very enjoyable and exciting week, filled with great activities, the opportunity to meet up with old colleagues, and the chance to make some new connections. A big hats-off to everyone who helped make Black Hat 2019 a huge success! We look forward to seeing you at another industry event soon.

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