VMware SD-WAN and Lookout Cloud Security Platform Accelerate SASE Transformation

Legacy approaches to networking and security are no longer valid in today’s enterprise because applications are no longer confined to the data center. Applications are distributed across data center, cloud, and the enterprise edge. Organizations are steadily increasing the adoption of SaaS and internet applications. Enterprises are also transforming the workplace with users accessing these applications from branch, home, or remote sites.

This distributed enterprise architecture has expanded the attack surface for security breaches. IT needs to reduce operational complexity associated with multiple security solutions and that users get a consistent and satisfying experience when they access enterprise resources. To address these challenges, enterprises are transforming their networking and security architecture by adopting Secure Access Service Edge (SASE).

In addition to offering a full SASE solution, VMware recognizes that customers want flexibility in choosing solutions across networking and security to help them in their transformation journey. Customers can now leverage the SASE solution that combines VMware SD-WAN™ for networking with Lookout’s security service edge (SSE) offering, Lookout Cloud Security Platform. VMware is the leader in SD-WAN connecting enterprise branches and remote users to their applications and is preferred by customers across many industry verticals worldwide.

About Lookout

Lookout is the endpoint-to-cloud security company purpose-built for the intersection of enterprise and personal data. The Lookout Cloud Security Platform is the only cloud-native unified security platform that holistically addresses both endpoint and cloud security, protecting data no matter where it goes, whether it’s on the end user device, moving through different networks, or stored in applications in the cloud or on premises.

“Protecting data in the new norm of a hybrid workforce is challenging. Our partnership with VMware provides our joint customers with an architecture based on SASE, and that is unique and focused on protecting our customer’s data along with delivering an industry leading solution to optimize network connectivity. With the Lookout Cloud Security Platform and VMware SD-WAN, customers will experience reliable, efficient, and secure access to all applications, and more importantly protect the data stored in these applications when accessed from any location and any device.”

Sundaram Lakshmanan, Chief Technology Officer, Lookout, in a news release

This integration meets customers at the starting point of their transformation journey to get uncompromised networking performance and verified and authenticated security posture while reducing complexity of operations.

VMware SD-WAN and Lookout Cloud Security Platform

Network performance at the last mile varies from branch to branch depending on local conditions like packet loss, latency, and jitter. VMware SD-WAN remediates these problems dynamically without any operator intervention, ensuring consistent user experience and improving employee productivity. The solution provides an optimal path to connect users to their applications. Lookout Cloud Security Platform enforces data security and data protection along that optimal path. This approach removes unwanted latency that is common among legacy deployments.

Reducing operational complexity is another key benefit of this solution starting with branch connectivity to Day 2 operations. The solution offers visual evidence of the Quality of Experience at each location for each class of application in use. In addition, the solution uses AIOps to extend action-oriented insights into end-user and IoT device operational experience when they access applications, with proactive notifications when deviation in normal behavior is observed.

Other benefits include flexible deployment options available to customers to steer traffic to Lookout Cloud Security Platform based on their network policies. VMware SD-WAN uses centralized orchestration and policy management to help reduce risk from human errors and improve change management efficiency.

The Lookout Cloud Security Platform deploys enhanced data loss prevention (DLP) policies from its centralized management console to determine privileged access along with encryption of files, images, email attachments, and others. The enhanced policies include more than just allow-deny actions. The platform delivers enhanced policy definitions to redact, mask, highlight, or watermark the content based on the sensitivity of the data.

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