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Simplifying Security: Automation is the Way Forward with ZPA

Network engineers looking to automate processes for private applications: look no further. Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) now has API capabilities to help manage and operate secure access to private applications, eliminating the need for manual intervention and thus saving resources and removing the possibility of human error in the process.

Whether you are part of a large enterprise or are looking to implement large-scale deployment projects, automation is key. Many projects handled by IT teams demand dynamic changes and quick action, potentially disrupting project flow. Having an automated process to manage these rapid changes can help create a more efficient environment for the DevOps team, security engineers, and network engineers.

ZPA APIs: Simplifying security through automation

ZPA APIs are designed to help streamline the app discovery process. Coupled with segmentation, ZPA APIs make it easy to scale secure access to private applications, keeping the security and end-user experience intact. ZPA APIs automatically create policies for newly discovered services and revoke access for users based on predetermined settings. We have also introduced machine learning capabilities that allow for auto-segmentation of application workloads, simplifying the adoption and continuity of zero trust.

Automated workflow

Automation is key to achieving consistency and avoiding redundant tasks. ZPA APIs can help create application segments and automatically add specific applications to the existing segments, reducing your involvement in repetitive tasks and simplifying the entire application segmentation process.

When IT teams are required to lock down network routers or switches based on port access, ZPA APIs assist in defining and segmenting applications. Using APIs for this process allows granular policy definition without the need for involvement every time a new router or switch is provisioned.

Adapting to a dynamic workload environment

IT teams need to launch and terminate cloud instances in AWS or Azure for testing purposes or to utilize allotted spot instances. In a dynamic environment, manually updating policies is almost impossible to manage. ZPA APIs automate policy updates for your constantly changing environments without the need for you to define wildcards in the ZPA dashboard.

Reduce the chance of error

ZPA can discover applications in your network using specific domain names and IP subnets. Adding these applications to app segments is currently possible using the ZPA dashboard. With ZPA API, these discovered apps are extracted and added to existing application segments using a script, without requiring you to add them one by one. In addition, new app segments can be defined with granular access policies through the scripts, resulting in automation that reduces human error.

Streamline and standardize processes

In addition to savings on resources, time, effort, and money, ZPA APIs standardize processes, thereby increasing scalability. Organizations work with hundreds of applications and/or application segments. ZPA APIs make repeatable work easy to handle.

To learn more about Zscaler Private Access and the new APIs, watch this video.

To hear from Zscaler experts on how ZPA APIs can benefit your organization, request a demo.

Additional Capabilities:

The Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) API gives you programmatic access to manage the following ZPA features:

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