Illumio Extends Zero Trust to the Endpoint

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Illumio has announced Illumio Edge, a first-of-its kind Zero Trust endpoint protection solution that dramatically reduces the risk of ransomware and malware propagating laterally throughout an organisation. Fully managed in the cloud, customers can enable this new offering either via a lightweight Illumio agent or, through a partnership with CrowdStrike via an existing CrowdStrike Falcon agent. By making every endpoint a Zero Trust endpoint, organisations can better secure users as they now work from anywhere.

Illumio Edge delivers containment by default to significantly reduce an organisation’s attack surface. This solution makes every endpoint a Zero Trust endpoint, blocking all unnecessary inbound network communications to greatly reduce the risk of malware spreading peer to peer without the fear of false positives. By pairing malware detection from Next-Generation Anti-Virus (NGAV) or Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) solutions with Illumio’s endpoint Zero Trust, organisations can not only stop known malware, but also block zero-day threats and unknown malware by preventing lateral movement between endpoints.

“As organisations were forced to transform overnight to allow for remote work, a host of endpoint security issues that have either been ignored or invisible until now were brought to the forefront,” said Andrew Rubin, CEO and co-founder of Illumio. “We built Illumio on an innovative, forward-thinking foundation and have been listening to our customers’ requests for a better solution to combat lateral movement on the endpoint. We believe Illumio Edge is a fundamental shift to strengthen cybersecurity practices for organisations of all sizes, and we’re excited to partner with an innovative leader like CrowdStrike to bring this to market at mass scale today.”

This new offering starts with a simple workflow to create automated, risk-free allow lists for detected services. With policy in place, simple enforcement follows the laptop wherever it goes – on and off the network. Not only is it easy to put enforcement in place, Illumio Edge is invisible to employees, meaning it will not harm system performance, and IT teams can rest easy knowing there will be no new unnecessary IT tickets.

Illumio Edge is cloud delivered with a lightweight agent that runs on endpoints. The company is also announcing today a partnership and integration with CrowdStrike, a leader in cloud-delivered endpoint protection. CrowdStrike customers will be able to use their existing Falcon agent to enable Illumio Edge, with no additional software deployments required.

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