Cato changes SD-WAN with identity-aware routing

Cato Networks, provider of Cato Cloud, the world´s first secure, global SD-WAN as a service, introduced the first identity-aware routing engine for SD-WAN, the company said.

Identity awareness abstracts policy creation from the network and application architecture, enabling business-centric routing policies based on user identity and group affiliation. Identity awareness headlines a series of SD-WAN enhancements Cato is introducing today for Cato Cloud.

Enterprises have long sought to make their networks easier – easier to configure, easier to deploy and easier to manage. Essential to that goal has been abstracting network policy definition to better mirror business context.

Routing policies across legacy networks were machine-aware, requiring IP addressing information that bore little resemblance to the business. SD-WANs popularized application-aware routing policies, bringing us closer to reflecting business context in our networks. Identity-aware routing completes this evolution by utilizing organizational entities. With identity awareness, networking and security policies can direct traffic or restrict resource access based on team, department, and individual users.

Cato implements identity-aware routing seamlessly without changing the network infrastructure or the way users work. Cato dynamically correlates Microsoft Active Directory (AD) data, across distributed AD repositories, and real-time AD login events to associate a unique identity with every packet flow. Organizational context, such as groups and business units, is derived from the AD hierarchy.

Cato Networks provides organizations with a cloud-based and secure global SD-WAN. Cato delivers an integrated networking and security platform that securely connects all enterprise locations, people, and data. Cato Cloud cuts MPLS costs, improves performance between global locations and to cloud applications, eliminates branch appliances, provides secure Internet access everywhere, and seamlessly integrates mobile users and cloud datacenters into the WAN. Based in Tel Aviv, Israel, Cato Networks was founded in 2015 by cybersecurity luminary Shlomo Kramer, co-founder of Check Point Software Technologies and Imperva, and Gur Shatz, co-founder of Incapsula. Visit http://www.catonetworks.com and Twitter: @CatoNetworks.