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OPAQ Named Top Emerging Security Vendor for 2018 by CRN

Cloud-Delivered Security Platform Enables MSPs and MSSPs to Make Enterprise-Grade Protection Accessible to Midsize Companies as a Service

 

OPAQ, the premier network security cloud company, today announced it was named to the CRN® 2018 Emerging Vendors list in the security category. Published annually, the listing recognizes recently founded, up-and-coming technology suppliers who are shaping the future of the IT channel through unique technological innovations.

 

OPAQ was selected for enabling service providers to deliver enterprise-grade protection without managing a multitude of security products. Using the OPAQ Cloud, MSPs and MSSPs can profitably scale their businesses by eliminating hardware/software investments and onsite service calls through centralized provisioning, configuration and management of security services from a web-based portal. Partners using OPAQ have decreased costs by more than 40 percent and accelerated deployment time by 91%.

 

“The technology suppliers on CRN’s 2018 Emerging Vendors list are creating a bright future for the IT channel, aggressively developing products to meet complex IT market demands, while positively impacting the bottom line of solution providers,” said Bob Skelley, CEO, The Channel Company. “The array of leading-edge products delivered by these organizations will have a lasting impact on the channel for years to come.

 

“Being named to the CRN Emerging Vendors list is an honor and important validation of the value we provide for our channel partners and their customers,” said Glenn C. Hazard, Chairman and CEO of OPAQ. “Midsize enterprises need and want robust enterprise-grade security, but complexity and cost has put it out of their reach. These challenges are magnified for service providers, who are helping companies secure their networks. OPAQ’s cloud platform simplifies the way security is delivered and managed, enabling channel partners to quickly and profitably scale their businesses.”

 

The OPAQ Cloud is delivered through a subscription model that tightly integrates a fully encrypted SD-WAN and best-of-breed security capabilities powered by Palo Alto Networks, Cloudflare and other trusted security technologies as well as OPAQ’s own patented technologies. OPAQ enables partners to deliver end-to-end network security across distributed infrastructures and hybrid IT and cloud environments.

 

The complete Emerging Vendors list will be featured online at www.crn.com/emergingvendors.

 

About The Channel Company

The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequaled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. www.thechannelco.com

 

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OPAQ Named 2018 “Cool Vendor” by Gartner for Midsize Enterprise Security

OPAQ, the premier network security cloud company, today announced  that it was named a “Cool Vendor” by Gartner, Inc. in the recently published Cool Vendors in Security for Midsize Enterprises 2018 by analysts Neil Wynne, Adam Hils, Toby Bussa and Saniye Burcu Alaybeyi. The report evaluates vendors that offer a compelling combination of innovation and midsize enterprise suitability. According to Gartner, “Midsize enterprise IT leaders responsible for security and risk management should familiarize themselves with these impactful approaches to improving security posture with finite resources.”

Gartner clients can access the report at https://www.gartner.com/doc/3877090.

“We consider Gartner’s recognition of OPAQ as a Cool Vendor validation for the value that midsize enterprises are receiving from the OPAQ Cloud,” said Glenn C. Hazard, Chairman and CEO of OPAQ. “These companies face the same sophisticated cyber threats as their larger counterparts, but complexity and costs have put enterprise-grade security out of their reach. We’ve simplified the way security is delivered, and have made best-of-breed protection easily accessible for midsize enterprises — at a predictable operating expense price.”

OPAQ’s security-as-a-service model includes tight integration with a fully encrypted SD-WAN and best-of-breed security capabilities powered by Palo Alto Networks, Cloudflare, and other trusted security technologies as well as OPAQ’s own patented technologies. Using the OPAQ Cloud, service providers can deliver enterprise-grade protection without managing a multitude of security products, centrally monitor and manage customer networks, enforce policies, and generate customizable reports for security and compliance through a single interface. Clients using OPAQ’s security-as-a-service have decreased costs by more than 40 percent and accelerated deployment time by 91%.

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OPAQ and Duo Security Partner to Deliver Two-Factor Authentication as a Security Service

OPAQ’s Duo-Ready Cloud Platform Enables Service Providers to Implement and Strengthen Access Control Best Practices

 

OPAQ, the network security cloud company, today announced a technology alliance with Duo Security to integrate Duo with the OPAQ security-as-a-service platform. OPAQ managed security services partners can now offer Duo’s Trusted Access platform to protect their customers’ systems and data from unauthorized access.

 

According to the Verizon 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report, 81% of breaches leveraged stolen or weak passwords. Adding 2FA capabilities to both internal and cloud applications has become a best practice, as companies attempt to combat the rampant increase in phishing attacks, ransomware and other threats.

 

Duo verifies the identity of the user and the security posture of the device before allowing access to any critical applications. The integration of Duo and the OPAQ platform enables partners to centrally enforce user authentication and device authorization as a component of the cloud-delivered security service.

 

Duo can be used to verify users accessing the OPAQ 360 Management Portal and/or non-IT users to protect network access and specific high risk applications, data and assets. It is also integrated with OPAQ’s software-defined network segmentation technology, whose asset management, micro-segmentation, and quarantine capabilities are linked to Active Directory/LDAP and delivered through an endpoint agent.

 

“Incorporating Duo’s capabilities into OPAQ empowers our partners to deliver enhanced access control best practices,” said Ken Ammon, Chief Strategy Officer for OPAQ. “Duo is best-in-class when it comes to zero-trust security. This partnership allows us to extend our enterprise-grade protection capabilities, which managed security services providers can centrally control and enforce from the OPAQ 360 portal.”

 

“Both Duo and OPAQ strongly believe in democratizing security best-practices for organizations of all sizes. In delivering effective security for our customers, both companies are taking a cloud and mobile-first approach,” said Ruoting Sun, Head of Technology Partnerships for Duo. “This partnership between Duo and OPAQ makes it easy for mutual partners to ensure that only trusted users and devices are accessing OPAQ 360.”

 

Availability

The integration of the OPAQ cloud platform and Duo is now complete. Managed security services providers can combine the OPAQ Cloud and Duo to provide a tightly coupled offering.

 

About Duo Security

Duo helps defend organizations against breaches through its easy and effective cloud-based Trusted Access product suite. The company verifies the identity of users, and the health of their devices, before granting them access to applications. Duo’s intentional balance of security and usability has led them to be a trusted partner to thousands of customers world-wide, including Dresser-Rand, Facebook, K-Swiss, Random House, Etsy, Yelp, Zillow, Paramount Pictures, and more. The Ann Arbor, Michigan-based company maintains offices in Austin, Texas; San Mateo, California; and London, and is backed by Benchmark, Google Ventures, Index Ventures, Lead Edge Capital, Meritech Capital Partners, Radar Partners, Redpoint Ventures, True Venture, and Workday. Visit duo.com to find out more.

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OPAQ to Co-Present Session with Channel Partner on Security-as-a-Service at Palo Alto Ignite ‘18 USA

 

OPAQ, the network security cloud company, today announced that its Chief Strategy Officer, Kenneth Ammon and Tom Turkot, VP of Client Solutions at Arlington Computer Products will co-present a session on the benefits of deploying Palo Alto Networks® next-generation firewalls as a service at the upcoming Palo Alto Ignite ‘18 USA conference in Anaheim, CA.

 

WHO: Ken Ammon is Chief Strategy Officer for OPAQ Networks and a recognized expert in security and managed services. He was founder and president of NetSec, one of the first managed security service providers (MSSPs), which was acquired by Verizon Business. Previously, he held executive management positions with Xceedium, a privileged access management vendor acquired by CA Technologies, and Trusted Computer Solutions, which was acquired by Raytheon.

Tom Turkot is Vice President, Client Solutions at Arlington Computer Products, Inc. (ACP), a Zaf Group Company and leading national IT solutions provider. Tom leads the Client Solutions team which services a variety of mid to large size enterprises. Prior to ACP, Tom held senior level positions with IBM Global Services, Greenwich Technology Partners, Lenovo and Insight. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and has written articles in a variety of technical publications.

 

WHAT: According to the 2018 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, over half of last year’s data breaches targeted smaller enterprises. In the cross-hairs of cyber attacks, midsize companies need access to the same advanced protection capabilities used by larger enterprises including Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls. However, cost, complexity and lack of skilled personnel have kept next-generation firewalls out of reach. In this session, “Real-World Lessons: Deploying Next-Generation Firewalls as-a-Service from the Cloud”, Ken and Tom will use real-world case studies to illustrate how using a cloud-based security-as-a-service approach can provide enterprise-grade security benefits to midsize enterprises. They will present best practices and discuss the benefits of the firewall-as-a-service model including the ability to centrally manage and enforce policies, eliminate capital investments in hardware and software, and reduce IT management costs.

 

WHEN: Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 9:10 – 10:00 AM PDT

 

WHERE: Ignite ‘18 USA, Anaheim Convention Center, Room #304 A-B 800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA

 

HOW: To schedule an in-person conversation with OPAQ Networks at Ignite ‘18 USA or by phone, contact Marc Gendron at [email protected] or +1 781.237.0341. For more information visit: https://ignite.paloaltonetworks.com/usa/usa_home.html

 

About Ignite ‘18 USA Cybersecurity Conference

Ignite ’18 USA will be the sixth and most technically advanced Palo Alto Networks Ignite cybersecurity conference. This four-day event in Anaheim, California will feature highly technical 1:1 sessions, the latest in network security, endpoint security and cloud security, specialized course tracks, technological disruption, expert speakers, outstanding networking opportunities, Ultimate Test Drives, Hands-On Workshops, PSE and PCNSE certification exams, and Cyber Range trainings. For more information, visit https://ignite.paloaltonetworks.com/usa/usa_home.html . Follow on Twitter , LinkedIn , Facebook , and YouTube.

 

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OPAQ Named Hot Company in 2018 InfoSec Awards at RSA Conference

Cyber Defense Magazine Selects Security-as-a-Service Cloud from Nearly 3,000 Companies Worldwide

 

OPAQ, the network security cloud company, today announced it was selected the Hot Company for Security-as-a-Service by Cyber Defense Magazine in this year’s InfoSec Awards. Winners were announced last week during the RSA Conference in San Francisco, highlighted in the annual print edition that was distributed at the conference, and posted online at http://www.cyberdefensemagazine.com/infosec-awards-2018-winners/.

 

“Midsize enterprises are struggling to defend an IT footprint that spans networks, cloud applications, mobile users, IoT and more against increasingly complex cyber threats,” said Pierluigi Paganini, Editor-in-Chief, Cyber Defense Magazine. “From a field of nearly 3,000 companies globally, we chose OPAQ as the Hot Company for its innovative Security-as-a-Service platform which enables managed security service providers to make best-of-breed network security capabilities accessible to resource-thin midsize enterprises.”

 

“We are pleased to have been named the Hot Company for Security-as-a-Service by Cyber Defense Magazine during this year’s RSA Conference,” said Stephen McCarney, Vice President of Marketing at OPAQ. “It’s been an incredible few months of positive industry recognition for OPAQ including being selected Best Network Security Solution in the GSN Homeland Security Awards and finalist in the SC Awards for Best Emerging Technology.”

 

OPAQ empowers service providers with a single integrated/automated portal to deliver and manage best-of-breed network security for midsize enterprises. The OPAQ Cloud platform combines a fully encrypted private network backbone with continuous monitoring, compliance analytics/reporting, next-generation firewall, web application firewall, DDoS mitigation, microsegmentation and automated security management capabilities that are all powered by industry-leading technologies and OPAQ intellectual property.

 

About Cyber Defense Magazine

With over 1.2 Million annual readers and growing, Cyber Defense Magazine is the premier source of IT Security information. We are managed and published by and for ethical, honest, passionate information security professionals. Our mission is to share cutting-edge knowledge, real-world stories and awards on the best ideas, products and services in the information technology industry. We deliver electronic magazines every month online for free, and limited print editions exclusively for the RSA conferences and our paid subscribers. Learn more about us at http://www.cyberdefensemagazine.com. CDM is a proud member of the Cyber Defense Media Group.

 

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OPAQ Raises $22.5M to Finance Go-To-Market and Accelerate Growth

Funding Follows Pivot to 100 Percent Channel Sales Model, Strategic Product Integrations and New Partnerships to Make Security-as-a-Service Accessible to Midsize Enterprises

 

OPAQ, the network security cloud company, today announced it has closed a $22.5 million Series B round of financing led by new investor Greenspring Associates, with continuing participation from Columbia Capital and Harmony Partners. The funds will be used to accelerate growth and support the Company’s go-to-market initiatives for delivering security-as-a-service to midsize enterprises via its strategic security channel partners.

 

OPAQ also announced that Hunter Somerville, Partner at Greenspring Associates, will join the OPAQ’ Board of Directors.

 

According to a recent report by market intelligence company TMR, increased uptake from small and medium-sized enterprises will help the global cyber security-as-a-service market thrive. TMR estimates the market will reach US$87.59 billion in revenue by 2025, rising from US$30.91 billion in 2016, with a 12.5% increase in CAGR from 2017 to 2025.

 

“OPAQ has redefined the security-as-a-service market. Its demonstrated progress to date and strategic acquisitions place the Company in a position of real market leadership,” said Hunter Somerville, Partner at Greenspring Associates. “OPAQ joins an existing and prior portfolio of cyber security company investments like Proofpoint and Cloudflare. I look forward to working with the veteran security management team at OPAQ to continue to capitalize on this large and rapidly growing market opportunity.”

 

In the past three months, OPAQ has announced a strategic partnership with Palo Alto Networks, introduced the first-of-its-kind microsegmentation technology for endpoints and acquired business intelligence/reporting automation specialists FourV Systems. The OPAQ cloud security platform has also been named Best Network Security Solution in the GSN Homeland Security Awards, and shortlisted as a finalist for both Best Emerging Technology in the 2018 SC Excellence Awards and Best Security-as-a-Service Solution in the Cyber Defense Magazine InfoSec Awards.

 

“OPAQ has built and delivered the most advanced high-performance platform for providing Fortune 100-grade network security to midsize enterprises, a capability that has been missing in this segment of the market due to deployment complexity, lack of resources and affordability,” said Glenn C. Hazard, Chairman and CEO of OPAQ. “This latest round of financing provides the necessary resources to accelerate our go-to-market plan, continue to expand our focus on channel partners and overall market adoption.”

 

OPAQ empowers service providers with a single integrated/automated portal to deliver and manage best-of-breed network security for midsize enterprises. The OPAQ Cloud platform combines a fully encrypted private network backbone with continuous monitoring, compliance analytics/reporting, next-generation firewall, web application firewall, DDoS mitigation, microsegmentation and automated security management capabilities that are all powered by industry-leading technologies and OPAQ intellectual property.

 

About Greenspring Associates

Established in 2000, Greenspring Associates provides venture capital solutions to a diverse group of institutions and individuals worldwide. Through a synergistic platform, the firm backs companies throughout their lifecycle, invests in established and emerging fund managers and serves as a liquidity provider through fund and direct secondary investments. An experienced investor in the cyber security, cloud and virtual networking verticals, Greenspring Associates has historically backed companies like Proofpoint (NYSE: PFPT) Cloudflare, Docker, Nutanix and Cologix. The firm currently manages over $6.3 billion in assets across multiple strategies. For more information on Greenspring Associates and its full investment portfolio, please visit www.greenspringassociates.com.

 

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OPAQ Acquires FourV Systems to Enhance Security Operations Management Automation

Acquisition Augments OPAQ Security-as-a-Service Platform with
Performance and Regulatory Compliance Measurement, Monitoring and Reporting

 

OPAQ, the network security cloud company, today announced it has acquired FourV Systems, maker of GreySpark, which provides actionable business intelligence for managing security operations. The patented GreySpark technology will be integrated into the OPAQ Cloud platform and enable managed service providers (MSPs) and managed security services providers (MSSPs) to automate the assessment of midsize customers’ security architecture and regulatory compliance maturity.

 

Effectively communicating the need for and value of security investments to business decision makers is often a challenge for MSPs and MSSPs. The integration of FourV’s risk and executive reporting platform now enables OPAQ channel partners to provide automated security metrics and key performance indicators to non-technical management in terms that are easy to understand.

 

“The OPAQ Cloud platform already makes it simpler for service providers to deliver and manage Fortune 100-grade security for their midsize enterprise customers,” said Ken Ammon, Chief Strategy Officer of OPAQ. “The integration of FourV Systems’ GreySpark further enables our partners to demonstrate to customers the value of the security services they are providing.”

 

“OPAQ shared our vision for automating security operations management, and we felt their focus on providing a turnkey, enterprise-grade solution for MSPs and MSSPs will revolutionize offerings in that market,” said Derek Gabbard, President of FourV Systems. “From a technical standpoint, GreySpark was a natural fit for the OPAQ Cloud platform. It provides a transparent overlay that gathers the intelligence and metrics service providers need to manage and report on the security and compliance posture of their customers to both IT and business leaders.”

 

The Power to Capture and Communicate Security Value to Customers

Manual security data collection, analysis and reporting is a high cost component for MSPs/MSSPs, and is difficult to scale across large customer bases. The acquisition of FourV Systems extends the OPAQ Cloud platform with automation and machine learning in a way that dramatically reduces the time and expense associated with manual reporting. OPAQ now arms service providers with metrics that transparently demonstrate the efficacy of security programs in the context of business and control frameworks including the NIST CSF, CIS, PCI, GDPR, the new Handbook for Election Infrastructure Security, and more.

 

FourV’s technology also automates many security management operations, enhances managed detection and response (MDR) activities, and provides the following benefits for OPAQ channel partners:

 

  • Enables MSPs/MSSPs to perform cost-effective performance assessments at scale
  • Frees expensive security analyst resources from tedious report writing so they can focus on hunt and response activities
  • Automates the gathering and analysis of distributed data sets necessary to produce continuous risk management and compliance reporting
  • Streamlines compliance assessments and audits by mapping and visualizing controls to the corresponding NIST CSF operational security functions

 

About the OPAQ Security-as-a-Service Cloud Platform

The OPAQ Cloud platform enables service providers to make best-of-breed network security capabilities accessible to midsize enterprises. It combines a private network backbone with next-generation firewall, web application firewall, DDoS mitigation, and software-defined segmentation capabilities that are powered by industry-leading security technologies and OPAQ intellectual property. OPAQ is the only company that offers this depth and breadth of security-as-a-service.

 

Availability

The OPAQ Cloud platform with FourV Systems’ GreySpark will be available in Spring 2018.

 

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OPAQ Integrates Network Microsegmentation into Security-as-a-Service Cloud

Software-Defined Network Segmentation Provides Comprehensive Visibility and Control to Prevent Lateral Attacks, Contain Breaches and Quarantine Hosts

 

OPAQ, the network security cloud company, today announced the addition of microsegmentation for workstations and other endpoints to its OPAQ Cloud platform to prevent lateral attacks, contain breaches and quarantine infected hosts. The patent pending OPAQ PathProtect™ technology provides unprecedented visibility and control over network activity and the ability to locally enforce security policies on devices from the cloud.

 

Centralized Network Control, Local Security Enforcement From the Cloud

Perimeter security is designed to protect against external North-South threats, not internal East-West attacks that move laterally between workstations, servers, and other endpoints. Once an attack successfully bypasses the security perimeter and compromises a host, malicious traffic can spread undetected throughout the internal network. According to Gartner, “In security, network segmentation is concerned with dividing up the network into zones to aid in compliance, security, risk and maintaining control.”*

 

OPAQ PathProtect™ enables organizations to easily and flexibly implement  network segmentation from the OPAQ Cloud without using VLANs or firewalls. It provides device-based visibility and control from the cloud to protect against insider and external attacks. OPAQ PathProtect™ is fully integrated with other enterprise-grade security capabilities, including next-generation firewall, web application firewall and DDoS mitigation, accessible as-a-service from the OPAQ Cloud.

 

OPAQ PathProtect™ monitors hosts and learns traffic patterns, classifies them, and allows for the creation of security policies that can be applied based on IP address, Host ID, or user identity.

 

Microsegmentation for Endpoints, Not Just Data Centers

Since OPAQ PathProtect™ is enforced on the endpoint, not the network, it supports the following capabilities and use cases:

 

  • Network Access Control (NAC) to assign what resources hosts and users can access on the network. For example, unmanaged hosts can be prevented from accessing sensitive servers, and are identified and cataloged when they send traffic.
  • Multi -Factor Authentication (MFA) integration enables step-up authentication to tighten security for VPN access and within the internal network.
  • Granular Segmentation which is completely separate from the physical network architecture or network addressing, can be used to segment specific devices, applications, and data.
  • Quarantine allows organizations to quickly isolate infected hosts from sensitive resources at the touch of a button.

 

“Companies are struggling to implement and manage a microsegmentation strategy that adheres to Zero Trust security principles,” said Tom Cross, Chief Technology Officer for OPAQ. “This is particularly true for midsize enterprises that lack the expertise and resources to defend against lateralization attacks. OPAQ PathProtect™ provides a powerful, simple, and flexible tool that enables our channel partners to implement software-defined network segmentation-as-a-service from the cloud. This is a first for the industry.”

 

Availability

OPAQ PathProtect™ will be available spring 2018 as part of the OPAQ Cloud from authorized OPAQ channel partners. It supports Windows desktops and servers, MacOS and Linux.

 

*Gartner “Best Practices for Network Segmentation for Security” Greg Young, Refreshed: January 4, 2018, Published: July 28, 2016.

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OPAQ Joins Palo Alto Networks NextWave Partner Ecosystem

Adds Next-Generation Firewalls to its Security-as-a-Service, Simplifies Access to Enterprise-Grade Security for Midsize Companies

 

OPAQ, the network security cloud company, today announced it has joined the Palo Alto Networks® NextWave Partner Ecosystem, a community of world-class security experts and leaders committed to preventing and making breaches a thing of the past. As a NextWave Partner, OPAQ enables managed services providers (MSPs), managed security services providers (MSSPs), and value-added resellers (VARs) to deliver Palo Alto Networks enterprise-grade security as a cloud service to midsize companies.

 

According to research firm Gartner, Inc., “Midsize enterprises lack the staffing and budgets to invest in the latest technologies and defensive techniques, making it difficult to keep up with the number and variety of data security threats[1].” By making Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewall capabilities available as a cloud service, OPAQ enables channel partners to eliminate barriers for their midsize customers.

 

“We chose Palo Alto Networks to be an integrated component of our network security-as-a-service because they are a proven technology leader,” said Ken Ammon, Chief Strategy Officer for OPAQ. “The addition of Palo Alto to the networking and security stack of the OPAQ Cloud enables our channel partners to deliver advanced security protection to midsize enterprises in a simple, fast and flexible way.”

 

The OPAQ Cloud is a private network backbone that enables service providers to deliver tightly integrated enterprise-grade security capabilities and centrally manage and enforce policies through a single, web-based portal. It enables OPAQ channel partners to profitably scale their business by eliminating hardware/software investments and onsite service calls. In addition to the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewall capability, the OPAQ Cloud delivers web application firewall, DDoS mitigation, software-defined segmentation, and other security capabilities that are powered by leading enterprise-grade security technologies and OPAQ intellectual property.

 

“OPAQ has created an exciting new market opportunity for our business,” said Tom Turkot, Vice President, Client Solutions for Arlington Computer Products. “Our midsize customers need the same security as large enterprises, but many of them feel hamstrung because of the resources and expertise required to implement advanced protection technologies. OPAQ’s as-a-service model and intuitive portal make it easy for us to deliver enterprise-grade protection to them.”

 

OPAQ recently announced its Channel Partner Program and the company’s transition to a 100 percent indirect sales model.

[1] Gartner, Inc., Midsize Enterprises Need to Prioritize Their Data Security Defenses, Brian Reed and Neil Wynne, 17, October 2017.

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OPAQ Named Finalist for Best Emerging Technology in 2018 SC Excellence Awards

OPAQ’s Security-as-a-Service Enables Midsize Companies to Access Enterprise-Grade Security Without the High Cost and Complexity

 

OPAQ, the network security cloud company, today announced its OPAQ Cloud is a finalist in the coveted Best Emerging Technology category of the SC Media 2018 Excellence Awards. This annual competition recognizes the most innovative solutions for protecting the corporate world from cyber threats.

 

Now in its 21st year, the SC Awards are widely regarded as the gold standard of accomplishment for cybersecurity professionals, products and services. OPAQ and other finalists are listed at https://www.scmagazine.com/sc-awards-finalists-2018/article/737291/. Winners will be announced at the SC Awards ceremony on April 17, 2018 in San Francisco during the RSA Conference.

 

“OPAQ has demonstrated unique innovation in its approach to protecting companies from the onslaught of malicious attacks and other threats,” said Illena Armstrong, VP, Editorial for SC Media. “Their solution represents some of the most effective security technology on the market today.”

 

“Being a finalist for Best Emerging Technology in the SC Awards is powerful validation for how the OPAQ Cloud is enabling organizations to more easily and cost-effectively protect their networks,” said Stephen McCarney, vice president of marketing for OPAQ. “Today’s threat environment is increasingly sophisticated and rapidly evolving. OPAQ combines security automation and orchestration as a service which allows organizations to dramatically improve their security posture, and instantly adapt and respond to new threats, in ways they otherwise could not.”

 

Enterprises are struggling to defend extended IT footprints that span networks, cloud applications, mobile users, IoT and more. The OPAQ Cloud enables service providers to make best-of-breed network security capabilities accessible to midsize enterprises. It combines a private network backbone with next-generation firewall, web application firewall, DDoS mitigation, and software-defined segmentation capabilities that are powered by industry-leading security vendors and OPAQ intellectual property. OPAQ is the only company that offers this depth and breadth of security-as-a-service.

 

About SC Media

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