Cradlepoint Simplifies Secure Networking for Agile Businesses with NetCloud SASE

By Greg Tavarez, TMCnet Editor  |  April 24, 2024

IDC predicts strong growth for the combined revenue of 5G and 4G/LTE (News - Alert) enterprise wireless wide-area networks, or WANs, reaching $5.5 billion by 2027. This growth will likely reflect a need for organizations to expand their reach and bring services closer to customers.

But there's a potential downside: As the number of connected devices surges, it creates a larger attack surface for cyber threats.

Therefore, SASE solutions are in demand. SASE is designed to address the security challenges of the modern business environment, which often includes remote workers, mobile devices and IoT. Ideally, SASE solutions should be easy to manage and adaptable to accommodate a growing number of devices and various locations.

And a new single vendor SASE solution has entered the market: Cradlepoint’s NetCloud SASE.

Cradlepoint, part of Ericsson (News - Alert), offers advanced cellular technology through routers, adapters and a centralized management system called Cradlepoint NetCloud. This allows businesses and government agencies to connect people, places and devices securely and reliably, regardless of location.

With Cradlepoint's Cellular Intelligence, organizations also establish strong networks for fixed and temporary sites, vehicles, IoT devices and remote workers to improve efficiency and create new business opportunities.

NetCloud SASE, designed to serve agile enterprises, integrates cellular-centric SD-WAN and security into a unified solution. The cloud-delivered platform allows lean IT teams to provision true zero-trust networks in as little as six minutes.

Now, let’s get into the meat of some of the solution’s key features:

For cellular networks, it optimizes bandwidth usage, enhances performance and prepares for 5G standalone slicing. Additionally, its SD-WAN with intelligent bonding offers a reliable connection for critical communications from vehicles and remote sites.

NetCloud SASE also prioritizes simplicity. Unlike competitors with multiple products, it leverages a single platform, policy engine and provisioning experience for all services. Security is built in, not an afterthought. It establishes a zero trust foundation by denying access by default and obscuring IP addresses. This minimizes potential attack surfaces and prevents lateral movement within the network as it expands.

NetCloud SASE employs powerful isolation technology to block even unknown exploits. Through Remote Browser Isolation, it creates a secure airgap for web browsing to protect users from malicious online activity. This safeguards against phishing attacks, prevents intellectual property leaks and disarms malware hidden in email attachments, all without hindering the user experience.

Furthermore, NetCloud SASE offers strong security for unmanaged devices. It departs from the typical approach of clientless browser access and instead utilizes isolation-based security to create an airgap between corporate applications and unmanaged devices.

“Cradlepoint has more than a decade of experience simplifying cellular networking for enterprises operating in the most challenging environments on the planet,” said Pankaj Malhotra, Head of Enterprise Networking and Cybersecurity Products, Cradlepoint. “We are enhancing the simplicity of enterprise-class network security for even the leanest IT organizations by introducing a SASE solution that integrates cellular, SD-WAN and security in a unified platform.”

One of Cradlepoint’s partners, RCN (News - Alert) Technologies, is enthusiastic about offering Cradlepoint's SASE solution built specifically for cellular networks. RCN's Sales Director, Reed Perryman, highlights the growing customer demand for streamlined vendor management. Cradlepoint's SASE stands out as because it offers a simplified network design, SD-WAN and security by integrating these functions into the familiar Cradlepoint NetCloud platform. This, according to Perryman, is "a significant development for RCN and its clients."

The early access version of NetCloud SASE is available immediately. General availability will follow in late Q2 2024.

Edited by Alex Passett
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