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Zscaler Launches Cloud-Based Firewall

San Jose, California-based Zscaler, a provider of cloud-based security solutions, unveiled a new cloud-based next-generation firewall that provides network security, application control and visibility from any location, with no on-premise hardware or software required.

Launched with the Winter 2015 release of the Zscaler Internet security platform, the new offering is designed to provide distributed enterprises and mid-market organizations with an economical, easy to deploy, and easy to manage firewall.

Designed to be deployed in-line within minutes Zscaler's Next Generation Firewall offers key features including:

Application awareness: Identifies applications regardless of port, protocol, evasive tactic or SSL

User awareness: Identifies users, groups and locations regardless of IP address

Threat protection and compliance: Blocks threats and data leaks in real time

Visibility and policy management: Provides unified administration, policy management and reporting

The firewall also fully integrates with Zscalers platform which offers sandboxing, web security, DLP, content filtering, SSL inspection, malware protection and correlation, reporting and analytics.

"Our new Next Generation Firewall enables organizations of all sizes for the first time to deploy next-generation firewall capabilities everywhere -- at every campus, branch and remote office, at retail stores, at manufacturing facilities and even on top of highly distributed Internet-connected devices,” said Dr. Amit Sinha, Executive Vice President of Engineering and Cloud Operations, Chief Technology Officer for Zscaler.

Available immediately, Zscaler Winter 2015 is priced on an annual, per-user subscription basis, ranging from $1 to $10 per employee per month depending on deployment size, options and modules. Subscriptions for Zscaler Next Generation Firewall range from $1 to $3 per month per user.

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For more than 10 years, Mike Lennon has been closely monitoring the threat landscape and analyzing trends in the National Security and enterprise cybersecurity space. In his role at SecurityWeek, he oversees the editorial direction of the publication and is the Director of several leading security industry conferences around the world.