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WHY APEIRO IS COOL
Apeiro is a cross-cloud microsegmentation product from ShieldX, a pure-play security vendor. Apeiro functions as network security middleware to support hosts and containers. The vendor built the service using containers. This enables easy scale-up/-out, and provides the necessary visibility, which is lacking in physical and even virtual appliances. This approach stands out as many virtualization and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) firms struggle to incorporate network security concepts on top of a "pool of hosts" model to address the SDN and compliance needs of enterprises.
While many enterprises struggle to secure enterprise cloud deployments, sometimes by using multiple vendors, ShieldX has blended the host-centric version of the overlay model of microsegmentation with the network-centric virtual firewall model. A virtual network-layer model is appealing to security and risk management leaders, as NFV emerges as an important security problem solver for virtual data centers and broader SDN. Although all details of Apeiro have not been publicly available until very recently, ShieldX's approach has potential to solve the problems of collectively securing unmanaged hosts, multiple clouds and container support — all without requiring a traditional defense-in-depth network model. The company is also notable among security providers because it positions its employee diversity as a strength and a quality of the company.
There are already established pure-play microsegmentation vendors operating in this sector; however, many of them are focused higher in the stack, making them less network-centric. ShieldX provides security for cloud infrastructure vendors that have already established partnerships with some security players. The enterprise appetite for cloud security is so high that ShieldX can enter the crowded field, especially given its differentiators. Incumbent cloud infrastructure/IaaS vendors are tempted by the high growth and margins of the market for security products, encouraging them to deliver their own security solutions. ShieldX must demonstrate that it can support a wide variety of platforms and navigate the changing container space.
WHO SHOULD CARE
ShieldX will appeal to I&O and security and risk management leaders in enterprises that have a virtualized infrastructure requiring segmentation, especially where those clouds are or will be heterogeneous, or if the enterprise is more a Mode 2 (i.e., DevOps) style and needs Mode 2 security for it.
BETTER SECURITY OUTCOMES WITH IOP
With APEIRO, you implement uniform security policy and microsegmentation via enterprise-grade security controls that are context-aware. Its dynamic insertion, scalable DPI and real-time analytics offer exceptional visibility, prevention and detection with APEIRO Indicators of Pivot (IoP) that help reduce false positives and identify advanced attacks earlier in the Cyber Kill Chain.
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