The Fight Against Hackers Is Entering A New Arena And Creating New Opportunities

In a world where millions work remotely, and corporate IT teams have little control over what an employee has installed on their laptop or smartphone, the assumption that the “inside” was safe is a thing of the past.

It was also an open invitation to any hacker: breach just one app on one device, and you have full access.

So instead, Zscaler works under the assumption that every network is the Internet, and the Internet is not and cannot be made secure. Instead, what must be secured are the signals sent across the Internet, to data centers, applications, and the cloud.

To the Cloud!

This “zero-trust architecture” lets Zscaler protect what matters, without wasting time on what doesn’t. The firm’s software and series of data centers secure communications between apps, people, and clouds, preventing some 7 billion security incidents and security policy violations every day.

This is an absolutely vital service considering the massive role that cloud computing and networked apps play in the modern economy. According to Allied Market Research, the cloud industry will be worth more than $1.5 trillion by 2030.

But in the meantime, Zscaler says its Big Audacious Goal is to “become the strategic business policy and security enforcement platform for 200 million users, 100 million workloads and billions of OT/IoT devices.”

Zscaler’s client roster suggests that goal is well within reach. The company already counts 7 of the top 10 conglomerates, 8 of the top 10 chemical companies, and 5 of the top 10 insurance companies as customers.

And the company’s push zero-trust design also covers the Internet of Things. This hides the IoT devices from the wider Internet, making them accessible only through apps also using the Zscaler system. This lets the company secure communications and devices even when the signals go through an unsecured Internet.

The firm has specifically designed this so that it works no matter how the signals get relayed between data centers, users, and IoT devices – whether that’s fiber, 5G, and even, yes, satellites.

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