The Silicon Review
In the digital world we live in, the threat environment has grown more intense, and cyber security professionals are tasked with finding able candidates and solutions to protect their infrastructures. Once an attack takes place in a network, millions of people could be affected. Modern technologies have grown exponentially in recent times, and cyber warriors are finding it difficult to equip themselves with the knowledge to counter hackers. As we enter into a new decade, we must know that we are already dealing with new challenges in the cyber security segment. Modern enterprises have become more technologically reliant, and the trend doesn’t look like slowing down any time soon. If proper security measures are not taken, then cybercriminals can easily exploit the system.
Globally, there are various companies delivering excellent cyber security services, but Corsa Security stands out from the rest. Corsa Security helps large enterprises, service providers, and managed security service providers (MSSPs) who are struggling with their private network firewalls getting in the way of new digital initiatives to replace these physical appliances, which are time consuming, complex and expensive. The company eliminates the deployment and maintenance pains of physical firewalls with the Corsa Security platform, a turnkey solution that allows its customers to automatically replace physical network firewalls with virtual ones. The Corsa Security Platform leverages a secure access secure edge (SASE) framework to easily scale network security services with zero touch operations for 24x faster deployment and a ‘pay-as-you-grow’ model with 5x lower TCO.
In conversation with Eduardo Cervantes, CEO of Corsa Security
Q. What are the factors that led you to transform the network security segment? And please brief us about the whole process of how the company achieved this terrific feat.
While the need for network firewalls might be higher than ever, physical firewalls are a rigid, fixed resource that is difficult to adapt to the ever-changing landscape of cyber security. With bandwidth demand, traffic mix, and SSL/TLS adoption growing, a physical firewall installed today would fail to offer acceptable traffic inspection capacity and leave many enterprises exposed to threats. Corsa Security recognized that network firewalls are one of the few remaining network components that have not been widely virtualized. This is surprising as virtualizing your on-premise network firewalls allows you to enjoy the same features as physical firewalls but with added flexibility, meaning you don’t need a crystal ball to foresee your future security needs. But, virtualizing the network firewall is only part of the solution. That’s why Corsa Security combines virtualization with automation for simplifying workflows to increase service velocity and agility for network security. While automation has become commonplace in many IT and network security areas, Corsa Security brings this critical function to network firewalls.
Q. What are the important factors that you address while designing and developing a security solution?
When it comes to network firewalls, there are no integrated automated virtualization solutions, so network engineers must figure out infrastructure automation on their own. This leads to a DIY nightmare using whatever partial pieces are available. Corsa Security is the first to solve this critical shortcoming. Operations that would normally be performed manually are implemented seamlessly without requiring custom scripts by the Corsa Security platform. And once the virtual firewalls are deployed, our platform is fully integrated with existing policy managers to automate additional configuration, ongoing management, and software upgrades, too. The Corsa Security platform automates all the steps in a turnkey platform that deploys seamlessly in the network, so there is absolutely no DIY or integration work required from the customer. By integrating virtualization with automation to easily replace the physical network firewalls with virtual ones, organizations get the greatest risk reduction but also accelerate business agility.
Q. Specialized vulnerability and threat intelligence available on the market often come with an expensive price tag. How do you maintain your affordability and profitability?
We don’t believe that anyone vendor or organization can address all the security issues for large enterprises and service providers. In fact, most customers mix and match from many vendors or rely on third parties to address their extensive security requirements. We encourage interoperability between security vendors and are proud of our key partnerships with industry-leading network firewall vendors Palo Alto Networks and Fortinet. But it’s not just about the technology; to maintain affordability for our customers, what’s needed is consumption-based pricing that allows you to pay for what you need. That’s why we chose a pay-as-you-grow subscription for our platform and why we were happy that several of our partners, like Palo Alto Networks and Fortinet, embrace consumption-based licensing.
Q. There are other major players in this segment. How do your distinguish your services/ standout from the rest?
Our solution is the first turnkey network security virtualization platform to automatically convert physical firewalls to virtual ones with these core benefits:
Q. What does the future hold for your company and its customers? Are exciting things on the way?
Today, the Corsa Security platform is focused on automating the virtualization of network firewalls in private networks. But it gets even more exciting because our platform is built on a SASE framework, so we can extend to both other deployment scenarios and other security services. The Corsa Security platform is completely vendor and security service agnostic, which means it will roll out with more and more support for virtual security services and vendors. This could include web application firewall, data loss prevention, and other key security technologies.
Additionally, we are developing a hybrid cloud approach that starts with private network trust boundaries but will expand to incorporate the use of public clouds too. So today, we are in the private multi-tenant network, but it will open up to multi-cloud in the future. As our capabilities expand, the customer gets service scalability, time to new deployment is accelerated, and an even lower total cost of ownership.
Meet the leader behind the success of Corsa Security
Eduardo Cervantes is a seasoned mid-market technology CEO focused on scaling-up PE and VC backed companies to its maximum potential. He has been an operator for over 20 years but he started his career as an M&A executive with a top investment bank. This combination of experience has given him a unique way to expertly grow companies organically and by acquisition in a way that maximizes valuation, not just revenues. Eduardo focuses on companies with a global component, like Corsa, which is headquartered in Canada but with teams in the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia.