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The new platform should help security teams fight ransomware, meet compliance standards, and secure hybrid cloud infrastructure. By combining several technologies, it builds on the Guardicore acquisition.

Guardicore Platform is built with zero trust in mind. It features multi-factor authentication, Zero Trust Network Access, microsegmentation, DNS firewall and threat hunting. Each component can be used separately, but they provide more value when they work together.

The microsegmentation component, which Akamai was already betting on through Guardicore Segmentation, splits the environment into multiple zones. This minimizes the damage a cybercriminal can do. This microsegmentation technology from Akamai is getting immediate updates with the launch of Guardicore Platform. For example, it gets “multi-factor segmentation,” which recognizes authentication checks as microsegmentation rules, and “essential policy” that lets teams quickly implement best practice-based policies.

Akamai built the new platform with administrators’ visibility in mind. Administrators can view all assets, users, communications, and access in detail. In-depth analytics or more general insights are available for this purpose. This makes it easier for administrators to establish a Zero Trust policy for east-west traffic and north-south access. They can subsume the policy into an engine to enforce compliance.

Support security experts with AI

Akamai is equipping the platform with an AI assistant to simplify the use of all or a single component. Security professionals can ask the assistant questions about the network. According to Akamai, this can save a lot of work, since without the assistant, employees sometimes have to go through logs by themselves to find information.

Another AI feature Akamai mentions is AI labeling, which tackles network labeling tasks. The AI looks at how assets behave and then suggests labels. These suggestions also provide an explanation of why a specific label was chosen.

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