The Silicon Review
“The precondition to freedom is security” - Rand Beers
In today’s world of Internet and technology, security breaches are getting more frequent and dangerous for organizations across the globe. Companies are seeking new ways to ensure that their networks, applications and data remain secure. The move to the cloud, the advance of mobile users and device, and the growing global partner ecosystems are significantly complicating these efforts as users – employees and third-parties – are relying on the Internet, instead of a LAN or WAN, to access select parts of organizations’ applications.
Based out of Sunnyvale, California, USA, Soha Systems Inc. is the innovator of Enterprise Secure Access delivered as a service for data center and hybrid cloud environments. Its flagship service, Soha Cloud, offers a radically new alternative for providing mobile employees and third parties access to applications. Users can access all enterprise apps through a unified portal, with a single point of control, in any network environment. It creates a “cloud perimeter” to protect an organization’s infrastructure from Internet threats, including distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. It minimizes a customer’s attack surface and hides applications from public exposure. Through Soha Cloud, authenticated users are granted micro granular access to specific applications, eliminating pure network access. Access is secured using identity-based management and fortified access controls, as well as data path security features including web application firewall, antivirus and data leakage protection.
Providing secure remote access with Soha Cloud
Soha Systems delivers a radically new approach for providing secure remote access to employees and third party users who use corporate applications hosted behind data center firewalls and hybrid cloud environments. Soha Cloud delivers stronger security, is simpler to deploy, and is cheaper than existing products in the market.
Unlike traditional VPNs and remote desktop solutions, Soha Cloud:
Soha targets medium to large enterprise customers in North America. Its customers include IBM, McClarens Global Claims Services, Spirent, Bugcrowd and the ARC of Ulster-Greene.
“We were really stuck in the mud on remote access. Soha solves this in a way that is much, much simpler. It’s completely turning us upside down in a good way.” – Bart Louwagie, CIO, The ARC of Ulster-Greene
The Arc of Ulster-Greene is part of a national not-for-profit organization that offers afull array of services to people affected by intellectual or developmental disabilities. The objective was to provide secure mobility and remote access to users. The company faced plenty of challenges such as the need for an additional layer of application access security using multifactor authentication, increasing mobile workforce, etc.With Soha Cloud, every ARC of Ulster-Greene user could access applications securely with multifactor authentication (MFA), in compliance with HIPAA requirements.From any device with a browser, users need only to enter a URL for the applicationthey need, provide their Active Directory login credentials and MFA one-time passcode. The IT team did not have to audit the end user’s location for compliance because no personal healthcare information could be uploaded or downloaded from the user’s machine.
Since Soha Cloud is a cloud service, it is suitable for use worldwide. Currently, the company is focused on the North American market.
Knowing the Masters
Haseeb Budhani, CEO and Co-founder
Haseeb co-founded Soha in the second half of 2013 and serves as the company’s CEO. Prior to Soha, he served as the Chief Product Officer for Infineta Systems, where he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company’s product marketing, marketing communications and partner management activities. Prior to Infineta, he served as Vice President for NET’s Broadband Technology Group, spearheading the group’s product marketing, program management and business development functions. Previously, Haseeb held senior product management, marketing and engineering roles at Personal IT, Citrix Systems, Orbital Data, IP Infusion and Oblix. He also served in key advisory roles for start-ups such as Plair, Questarium, Gift Venture and Chegg. Haseeb holds an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Southern California.
Hemanth Kavuluru, Vice President, Engineering and Co-founder
As Soha’s Vice President of Engineering, Hanumantha “Hemanth” Kavuluru brings broad technology expertise to the team in the areas of server load balancing, network security, network switching/routing, large-scale system development, mobile device management and enterprise application development. Prior to Soha, Hemanth joined the mobile device management leader MobileIron in its infancy as an engineering leader to oversee development, QA and support. Prior to MobileIron, he managed the server load balancing and network security groups within Nortel’s Enterprise Data Networking (Alteon) Group. Hemanth’s earlier experience included various software engineering roles with CyberIQ systems and CeeYes Networking Technologies. Hemanth holds a BS in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Osmania University, India.