Zscaler announced the general availability of its new Workload Communications solution, part of the Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange, which extends Zero Trust security to workloads and applications hosted in public clouds. Zscaler’s cloud native platform eliminates attack surfaces, prevents lateral threat movement, inhibits compromise of workloads, and stops data loss.
With the deployment of enterprise workloads in multiple regions and cloud providers, legacy mesh networks are becoming costly, hard to implement, scale, and manage. Attempts by legacy vendors to adapt VPN and firewall architectures to the public cloud have allowed an unprecedented number of cybersecurity attacks, in addition to networking and application performance challenges for enterprises.
Organizations must rethink their approach to securing and connecting cloud-based applications and consider adopting new architecture able to simplify multi-cloud connectivity, elevate application performance, and provide comprehensive protection.
To fulfill these requirements, Zscaler has extended its Zero Trust Exchange to deliver the industry’s first Zero Trust for cloud workloads solution that secures all cloud communications. Acting as an intelligent switchboard, traffic is routed to the Zscaler platform where connections are brokered using business policies based on identity and context to connect workloads directly to other workloads, without accessing the corporate network.
Zscaler’s approach eliminates the attack surface by making workloads invisible to the internet, simplifies application connectivity by removing networking bottlenecks, and delivers superior application performance by reducing app-to-app latency.
This availability of Workload Communications extends the proven capabilities of the Zscaler Internet Access (ZIA) and Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) services to cloud workloads, allowing enterprises to secure all workload communications over any network, including internet, direct connect, express route and others. With these innovations,
Zscaler enables customers to implement the following use cases:
Cloud Applications require access to the internet for a variety of reasons, from communicating with third-party Application Programming Interface (API) services to receiving software updates. Using the Zero Trust Exchange, internet access is secured with ZIA policies that now include DLP and threat prevention while making workloads completely invisible to potential cyberthreats.
MultiCloud App-to-App Communications
Multi-cloud networking allows organizations to secure connectivity across heterogeneous cloud environments. ZPA policies secure workload communications across cloud providers, regions, and virtual private clouds (VPCs) in the same public cloud for seamless and secure application communication without the complexities and performance bottlenecks that legacy technologies create.
Intra-Cloud App-to-App Communications
To enable secure workload to workload communications inside a cloud, VPC/VNet, or data center, Zscaler uses a combination of macro and microsegmentation of business critical environments to prevent unauthorized communication between applications.