Axis Security, a provider of zero-trust network security services, has announced a set of new features in Atmos ZTNA (zero network access), a software-defined network access module within its native SSE platform (service edge security), Atmos.

Additionally, the company has unveiled several tools to help companies migrate from traditional ZTNA to ZTNA’s Atmos service.

“ZTNA 1.0 lacked support for legacy network protocols, some even failed to inspect private traffic,” says Gil Azrielant, CTO and co-founder of Axis. “Atmos ZTNA supports all ports and protocols to fully replace VPN. In addition, the multicloud architecture and newly added features make Atmos ZTNA the most advanced and scalable ZTNA solution.

The additions to Atmos ZTNA come shortly after the company officially released Atmos in April as a cloud-native alternative to data center-based, legacy network architectures and SSE platforms. Other modules in Atmos’ SSE include a secure web gateway (SWG), a cloud access security broker (CASB), and a dedicated dashboard monitor on network data.

Atmos ZTNA, when launched, provided connectivity through its 350 Atmos edge devices running on the backbone of global cloud services such as AWS Global Accelerator, Google Cloud Platform, and Oracle.

Atmos ZTNA includes automation addition

Atmos ZTNA now incorporates several “hyperintelligent” features that give it an edge over legacy ZTNA solutions, adds Azrielant. One of these features includes the optimization of telemetry data collected from tags, devices, and connectors to allow multiple point-of-contact (PoP) optimization for the selection of the best connection method and automatically choose between AWS, Google, or Oracle PoP for brokerage.

Also added with this continuous telemetry is the ability to automatically stop checking for live sessions if the user ID or group changes. Telemetry now enables “live” device mode added to the Atmos dashboard to help IT managers automatically detect broken end-user devices, the company said.

New features in Atmos ZTNA also include a domain discovery tool that helps automatically discover additional unknown related domains each time a new application is installed, to allow augmentation of existing application policies.

“One of the big goals we wanted to accomplish was to make the deployment of new software very easy for customers,” adds Azrielant. “With this tool, an administrator simulates access and behavior in a new web application as the system learns domains, and prepares a list of additional domains. The list is then presented to the administrator for approval, allowing the administrator to select domains to add to the application’s configuration.

In addition, Atmos ZTNA has added the ability to configure a user group to define IP ranges and areas that specific user groups can access, providing granular segmentation and control through master override of any other default policies to achieve “fair access very poor,” according to the company.

Completing the upgrade is Axis’ new set of PoPs that have been added in San Jose, Phoenix, North Virginia, London, Frankfurt, Jerusalem, Hong Kong, and Sydney in response to increased customer demand. Axis also unveiled a new “Desert PoP” initiative to add customers as design partners to discover geographic locations for deploying new Atmos PoPs.

Axis adds migration tools and a purchasing program

Mhimili described many of the problems with the ZTNA 1.0 solution, citing it as insufficient to support legacy protocols such as voice over internet protocol (VOIP), internet control message protocol (ICMP), and the AS/400 Application System.

Atmos ZTNA, being a cloud service, supports all ports and protocols (including VOIP, ICMP, and AS400), adds Azrielant. “It also provides agentless support for secure shell protocol (SSH), remote desktop protocol (RDP), Git, and databases. This allows a complete VPN replacement.”

To allow business teams to migrate from legacy ZTNA applications to the Atmos ZTNA service, Axis has added a suite of tools it claims is an “industry first.” The migration tool takes parts of programs developed in Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) and converts them to Atmos ZTNA programs. Customers can then use the service’s policy system to define policies within minutes, Axis said.

All new tools and additions to Atmos ZTNA are generally available now.

In addition, Axis has launched a ZTNA buy-in program, offering ZTNA application customers up to six months of free service when they exchange their ZTNA service and accept a three-year subscription to Atmos Core Edition.

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