Promising to replace a hodgepodge of security applications and appliances, entrepreneur Jay Chaudhry's new company offers security as a service.
Less than three months after her surprise resignation from Cisco, Jayshree Ullal has turned up at the board of security software-as-a-service company Zscaler. Ullal, who in May resigned from her job as senior VP of Cisco's Data Center.
Zscaler cloud filtering…intercepts all traffic coming in from or going out to the Web and "scrubs it" for content (and presumably communication) that violates company policy or is a security risk.
Zscaler enforces business policy, mitigates risk and provides functionality at a reduced cost.
Atlanta online security industry veteran Jay Chaudhry has launched a new company - Zscaler - in Santa Clara, Calif. “We are not taking existing Web proxies, s them in a data center, and calling it a in-the-cloud service,” Chaudhry said in a release.
Zscaler imposes security policy as defined by customers and logs security activity for reporting and forensic analysis by customers. The service provides antivirus and antispyware, and can block the activity of bots, peer-to-peer networks, malicious content and phishing, the company said.
Zscaler’s idea is to relieve companies of the tiresome and costly burden of managing Web filtering and security on their own servers. Instead, the cloud-based service, which is rented to companies by the month, acts like a Web proxy, intercepting all incoming and outbound HTTP traffic from employees and scrubbing it for malware and online activity that violates company policy.
SaaS alleviates a lot of the problems of buying equipment, dealing with capital budgets and dealing with the hassles of managing and maintaining equipment.