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Forescout and Arista Networks embark on new Zero Trust security partnership venture

By Catherine Knowles
Fri 7 Aug 2020
FYI, this story is more than a year old

Forescout and Arista Networks have come together to deliver Zero Trust security and greater device visibility and enforcement across heterogeneous networks.

The strategic partnership includes the development of an open ecosystem that embeds security within the network fabric and delivers full visibility and enforcement of critical enterprise assets.

Through this new collaboration, Forescout integrates directly to and is certified on Arista’s switches and wireless infrastructure, including the new line of Arista Cognitive Campus PoE switches.

Forescout also supports Arista’s network-wide workload orchestration and workflow automation solution CloudVision.

Further, co-innovation is underway in the context of a Zero Trust architecture to identify IoT devices and ensure they are assigned to specific segments to reduce risk and prevent anomalous behaviour, the companies state.

With the proliferation of IoT devices, the need for Zero Trust security is increasingly critical to contain outbreaks and control access, the companies state.

The integration of Forescout’s device visibility and control platform with Arista’s software-defined networking (SDN) architecture will address these challenges at enterprise scale and deliver complete visibility, threat detection, and dynamic segmentation.

Forescout chief product and strategy officer Pedro Abreu says, “Forescout and Arista are transforming network security with policy-driven segmentation and least privilege access across Arista and heterogeneous environments without proprietary vendor lock-in.

“This is a natural and organic partnership where, together, we will provide Zero Trust security and compliance from device to network with visibility, analytics and automation.”

Arista Networks chief operating officer Anshul Sadana says, “Forescout has proven holistic device visibility and control in today’s dynamic IoT environments in multivendor networks.

“Network speed and resilience need the active security defence that Forescout’s agentless solution provides.”

IDC research director of security & trust Robyn Westervelt says, “The exponential growth and diversity of non-traditional devices on enterprise networks has drastically increased the attack surface.

“While these devices provide rich data, improve productivity, and create new services, cyber criminals are exploiting them as an entryway to deploy ransomware attacks and other threats that can have a severe impact on operations.

“We see access enforcement and network segmentation as critical defences to manage IoT security risk.”

Customers can now benefit from the partnership and technology integration.

Forescout Technologies delivers device visibility and control to enable enterprises and government agencies to gain complete situational awareness of their environment and orchestrate action.

Arista Networks specialises in software-driven cloud networking solutions for large data center and campus environments, to reduce cybersecurity risks brought on by explosive growth of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, increased network complexity and propagation of malware.

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