Nord Security and Pax8 Announce Global Channel Partnership With an Eye on SASE

July 20, 2022

By Matthew Vulpis, Content Contributor

The rise of digital transformation has certainly shifted the way business gets done, with innovative devices and applications adding ease and optimization to daily processes. However, digital transformation has also brought about a new wave of cybercriminals, who are smarter, faster, and simply more abundant than before. In fact, Cybercrime, which includes everything from theft or embezzlement to data hacking and destruction, is up 600% since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unfortunately, for many companies, this rise in cybercriminal activity came unexpectedly, with many enterprises lacking effective security. A Ponemon survey determined that 47 percent of organizations have not assessed the readiness of their incident response teams, and even now, 75 percent of businesses feel as if they need to put more emphasis on cybersecurity. For many of these organizations, the extra emphasis on cybersecurity comes in the form of Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) solutions.

SASE, along with its combined package of technologies such as SD-WAN, Secure Web Gateway (News - Alert) (SWG), Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA), and Firewall as a Service (FWaaS), help greatly improve an enterprises cybersecurity. Between the variety of technologies, SASE can identify sensitive data and malware, decrypt content at line speed, continuously monitor sessions, and assess risk and trust levels.

By design, SASE secures and connects the enterprise WAN in a simple, holistic way that, in turn, increases performance. Network and security functions combine to form a single multi-tenant cloud platform that strengthens security and improves performance.

Because SD-WAN is an integral part of the SASE solution, features like an active-active failover and WAN optimizations increase network resilience and improve performance. As part of a full network security stack, a SASE solution often includes functionality like SWG, NGFW, IPS, and next-generation network architecture. As a result, the cloud-native model protects all edges and achieves proper network visibility.

The technology, while still relatively new, is growing at a swift pace. The global SASE market was valued at $665.9 million in 2020, but is expected to register a significant CAGR of 28.3 percent during the forecast period to reach $5.36 billion by 2027. The growth comes as no surprise, as companies increasingly look to adopt SASE solutions to enhance their cybersecurity in a digital age lurking with potential hackers.

Today, Pax8, the leading cloud commerce marketplace, announced a global agreement with Nord Security, one of the leaders in the cybersecurity market. Pax8 will offer its partners two key products in the Nord Security portfolio, including NordLayer and NordPass. This agreement is Nord Security's first entry into the IT channel market through distribution.

"Nord Security is excited to be launching with Pax8 to make NordLayer and NordPass immediately available to Pax8's ever-expanding MSP community," said David Nutt, SVP of North America at Nord Security. "For thousands of businesses worldwide, Nord Security has demonstrated that our cybersecurity solutions combine industry-leading innovation with unmatched ease of implementation and user experience. MSPs and their customers will see instant benefits. Pax8 is a key partner and is central to expanding Nord Security's commitment to our partner-led strategy."

Nord Security has extensive knowledge in building advanced cybersecurity solutions. As part of the agreement, Pax8 will offer partners the following solutions:

NordLayer – An ISO-certified adaptive network-access security solution that helps transition businesses to SASE (Secure Access Service Edge), implement zero trust, and leave outdated legacy solutions behind. NordLayer focuses on securing data from the device to the destination. Whereas many cybersecurity companies focus on the endpoint, NordLayer secures the journey. This includes the journey to/from the cloud, applications, and site-to-site, all through a single gateway without the need for multiple solutions or products. The product offers 24/7 support, centralized billing for all NordLayer subscriptions, and centralized settings/security policy enforcement.

NordPass – An innovative password manager with state-of-the-art encryption, MFA (News - Alert), and zero-knowledge architecture. NordPass shifts to proactive breach management with the native data breach scanner within the Security Dashboard to know which users are posing potential risks to corporate data, get detailed security insights, see breached domains, and assess password strength. The intuitive user interface facilitates smooth and swift onboarding procedures, while the enhanced cybersecurity vastly improves the security of cyber insurance.

"Security is a huge focus for Pax8, and we are committed to partnering with the leading security vendors to enable MSPs to create the most comprehensive technology stack for their clients," said Ryan Walsh, Chief Operating Officer at Pax8. "Nord Security provides one of the most advanced security solutions in the industry and has been recognized by some of the most influential IT security specialists and tech sites. We are thrilled to add NordLayer and NordPass to our suite of solutions."

Edited by Erik Linask

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