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10 Top Cybersecurity News Stories Of 2020

The cybersecurity industry in 2020 saw lots of outside money to address challenges around securing a remote workforce, with vendors tapping into the deep pockets of public investors and private equity, while solution provider giants found themselves being targeted with ransomware.

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7. SASE Major Driver Behind Three Key Acquisitions

Secure Access Service Edge, or SASE, has become all the rage since Gartner coined the phrase in an August 2019 report, with security vendors pulling out all the stops to strengthen their position around this emerging technology. SASE has caught fire as digital transformation and COVID-19 have teamed up to rapidly shift users, devices, applications, services and data outside the enterprise data center.

SASE combines wide-area networking with network security functions like secure web gateway, cloud access security broker, firewall as a service and zero-trust network access to support company’s dynamic secure access needs. Palo Alto Networks in April bought SD-WAN player CloudGenix for $402.7 million to accelerate the on-boarding of remote branches and retail stores into the company’s SASE platform.

Then in July, Fortinet purchased cloud security startup Opaq for $8 million to strengthen distributed network protection everywhere from data centers and branch offices to remote users and Internet of Things devices. Four months later, Barracuda bought network access startup Fyde to provide remote workers on BYOD equipment with secure access to cloud or on-premises applications and workloads.

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