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A First for Zero Trust: AWS Security Competency Status

September 26, 2018 - 3 min read

Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) recently became the first zero trust architecture to earn Amazon Web Services (AWS) Security Competency status. It’s an exciting achievement for the company, but we believe it says as much about our customers as it does about our ZPA solution. These innovative leaders are bucking the status quo by implementing a zero trust approach as they transform their IT infrastructures.

A zero trust architecture is ideal for the new world of internet-based services and SaaS, where the traditional network perimeter no longer exists. In this world, it’s not possible to trust the network, because the network is now the internet. The ZPA zero trust architecture enables customers to not only secure application access, but also to transform their network architecture in order to achieve strategic improvements in their security posture with their apps that have migrated to cloud services, such as AWS.ZPA securely connects authorized users and devices to named, internally managed applications without exposing the Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) to the internet. With ZPA, applications connect to users via inside-out connections, making them invisible to unauthorized users and reducing the risk of internet-based attacks. Enterprises using ZPA can create micro-segmented architectures without virtualizing the security stack and creating complex firewall policies.  

With a focus on customer satisfaction, we partner with Zscaler customers to ensure that they are successful in their transformation journeys. One such partnership is with MAN Energy Solutions, the world’s leading provider of large-bore diesel and gas engines and turbomachinery. We worked with MAN’s team to implement solutions that would improve the user experience and strengthen the company’s security posture, and we helped to deploy modern IT architectures that improve business efficiencies.

“By utilizing ZPA to implement a zero trust model in AWS, where access is based on policies that follow the user and applications remain dark to unauthorized users, we have streamlined access and strengthened security. Malware and botnets simply can’t attack what they can’t see,” said Tony Fergusson, IT Infrastructure Architect at MAN Energy Solutions. “With the rise in cloud adoption and mobility, enterprises need to change their network and security architectures to meet the need for secure, anywhere access and protect against increasingly sophisticated attacks.” If you’re interested in additional insights into the MAN Energy Solutions approach, read Tony Fergusson’s blog, Scaler Guy.


The AWS Competency Program is designed to highlight members of the AWS Partner Network (APN) that have demonstrated technical proficiency and customer success in specialized solution areas. Attaining AWS Competency allows partners to showcase expertise in a specific solution area.

We’re excited to have achieved the AWS Security Competency, as it provides our customers and partners with additional confidence in the solution and in our ability to deliver secure connectivity for AWS customers.

If you’d like to learn more about ZPA, please visit the ZPA solution page. If you’d like to learn more about ZPA for AWS, visit the ZPA for AWS solution page. And if you are migrating apps to AWS, read our white paper to learn now ZPA is used with migration practices, such as the AWS Cloud Adoption Framework.


Stelio D’Alo is Sr. Director Cloud Business Development at Zscaler

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