Illumio, Akamai Spotlighted in Zero Trust Platform Report (CDSA)

Illumio and Akamai were both recognized as leaders by Forrester Research in The Forrester Wave: Zero Trust eXtended Ecosystem Platform Providers report. The report evaluated 14 vendors based on 16 criteria grouped into three categories: current offering, strategy, and market presence.

“The focus that the team at Illumio has adopted to clarify how the vendor enables Zero Trust for its specific technical offering has paid off,” writes Chase Cunningham, Zero Trust expert and principal analyst serving security & risk professionals, Forrester, in the report. “Illumio’s core capability is a strong ability to provide a well-defined and clearly illuminated asset map across the infrastructure. The vendor adds the ability to hook in encryption, mandate its use for legacy and newly discovered applications, and then control user access to systems on the fly. A well-engineered collection of APIs adds to the vendor’s strength in mapping and discovering.”

According to Forrester, “organizations seeking to enable Zero Trust as a long-term goal can get real benefits from choosing a single vendor. Vendors that stand out in this still-evolving space offer integrated, real-world capabilities, not just marketing shenanigans.”

“Akamai enhances Zero Trust for critical users. Akamai is one of the genuine true believers in the Zero Trust framework,” states the report. “Akamai has a well-aimed approach to solving the crux of the problem by eliminating the VPN and making security more baked in for its customers, with a focus on mitigating the threats that proliferate across enterprises via shared credentials and excessive accesses.”

“Akamai’s mission is to protect enterprise users, applications and data following a Zero Trust security model,” said Robert Blumofe, Executive Vice President, Platform & General Manager, Enterprise Division at Akamai. “Akamai’s Zero Trust offerings are uniquely architected to enable least-privilege access, application exploit protection, and advanced threat protection, while delivering an improved and secure user experience. We believe this commitment to adaptive access and threat protection delivered at the edge differentiates Akamai and is reflected in our Leader position in The Forrester Wave™: Zero Trust eXtended Ecosystem Platform Providers, Q4 2019.”

“If you thought a perimeter-based security model was going to protect your business, there’s a different mindset you must adopt when it comes to information security,” said PJ Kirner, CTO of Illumio. “A Zero Trust model eliminates the assumption that internal traffic within the network can be trusted, and implements the principle of ‘never trust, always verify.’ Illumio was founded on this very principle and we’re proud to be recognized by Forrester for our work to enable customers as they progress on their Zero Trust journeys.”