Cato SASE Cloud Named “Leader” and “Outperformer” in GigaOm Radar Report for SD-WAN

Cato Networks today announced that it was named as a “Leader” and “Outperformer” by GigaOm in the analyst firm’s Radar for SD-WAN Report. This is the first year that Cato was included in the report, alongside 19 other notable vendors in the SD-WAN market. Despite Cato’s “freshman” status, GigaOm rates Cato an Outperformer overall and at the top of the list in both Key Criteria capabilities and Evaluation Metrics.

Figure 1: The GigaOm SD-WAN Radar

“GigaOm has made a thorough and practical evaluation of the market and we’re honored that Cato has been named a Leader and Outperformer in the SD-WAN Radar Report,” says Eyal Webber-Zvik, Vice President of Product Marketing and Strategic Alliances at Cato Networks. “Cato’s leadership position underscores the strength and maturity of Cato SD-WAN and shows the importance of considering SD-WAN as part of a broader SASE offering.”

Cato’s SD-WAN is Rated Exceptional in Nearly Every Aspect

GigaOm outlined the “table stakes” features that are the baseline capabilities for SD-WAN vendors. Among them are a virtual overlay network, centralized orchestration, built-in resilience, integrated security, and dynamic traffic engineering. Beyond those features, the analyst firm evaluated vendors according to several key criteria considered to be differentiators as well as the primary features for customers to consider as they compare solutions. Cato Networks is the only one of 20 vendors rated as “Exceptional” in every category.

Figure 2: Only Cato scored “Exceptional” across every one of GigaOm’s Key Criteria

 In a similar manner, GigaOm lists eight Evaluation Metrics that provide insight into the impact of each vendor’s product features and capabilities on the customer organization, reflecting fundamental aspects, including infrastructure support, manageability, and total cost of ownership (TCO). Cato rated amongst the top 3 in GigaOm’s Evaluation Metrics, scoring “Exceptional” in 6 of the 8 categories.


Figure 3: Cato scored among the top 3 in GigaOm’s Evaluation Metrics

SPACE: The Cato Differentiator

GigaOm attributed this achievement to Cato’s unique architecture, the Cato’s Single Pass Cloud Engine (SPACE). “Cato SASE Cloud is a converged cloud-native, single-pass platform connecting end-to-end enterprise network resources within a secure global service managed via a single pane of glass,” says the report.

“By moving processing into the cloud using thin edge Cato Sockets, Cato SASE Cloud is easier to maintain and scale than competitive solutions, with new capabilities instantly available. Leveraging an expanding global SLA-backed network of over 75 PoPs, Cato is the only SD-WAN vendor currently bundling a global private backbone with its SD-WAN. Moreover, Cato offers both a standalone SD-WAN solution and a security service edge solution – Cato SSE 360 – for securing third-party SD-WAN devices.”

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KnowBe4 Has Been Named the #1 Leader in the G2 Grid Winter 2023 Report in Two Categories

KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, today announced its PhishER product and its Kevin Mitnick Security Awareness Training (KMSAT) platform have been named the number one leader in the G2 Grid Winter 2023 Report for the seventh consecutive quarter and the 14th consecutive quarter, respectively. Additionally, the KMSAT platform is recognized as “Most Implementable” meaning it earned the highest implementation rating in the category. 

The latest G2 Grid Report compares Security Orchestration, Automation, and Response (SOAR) Software vendors and Security Awareness Training (SAT) vendors based on user reviews, customer satisfaction, popularity and market presence. 

Based on 154 G2 customer reviews, KnowBe4’s PhishER is the top ranked SOAR software. PhishER has the highest satisfaction score among SOAR products in the category and received a score of 96 out of 100, with 99% of users rating it 4 or 5 stars. 

Based on over 986 G2 customer reviews, KnowBe4’s KMSAT is the top ranked SAT platform with 99% of users rating 4 or 5 stars. The KMSAT platform received the highest G2 score among products in the SAT category with a score of 97 out of 100. Additionally, the KnowBe4 platform received 92% ease of use rating and 95% quality of support score. KnowBe4 has the highest G2 score and largest market presence among all vendors rated in the report. 

“KnowBe4 is committed to providing our customers with quality, exceptional products and services for their organizations,” said Stu Sjouwerman, CEO, KnowBe4. “PhishER keeps organizations protected by providing security teams with a platform to identify and respond to malicious emails and threats, while our security awareness training platform educates and enables users to regularly make smarter and safer security decisions. Together or individually, these two outstanding products contribute to fortifying an organization’s security culture, which is essential to combat the plethora of cybersecurity threats on the market today. We are elated to once again be recognized as the top leader in these categories and thank our customers for their honest feedback.” 

For more information on PhishER, visit To download a copy of the report on the SOAR market, visit  

For more information on KnowBe4’s KMSAT, visit To download a copy of the report on the SAT market, visit 

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CrowdStrike ups the ante with investment in API security leader, Salt Security

CrowdStrike (Nasdaq: CRWD), the cloud-delivered protection of endpoints, cloud workloads, identity and data organisation, has announced that its strategic investment arm, Falcon Fund, has invested in Salt Security, the leader in Application Programming Interface (API) security. In addition to the investment, Salt Security and CrowdStrike are partnering to bring together leading technology to apply API discovery and runtime protection on applications, and enable security testing to harden APIs before release.

“With the proliferation and use of SaaS applications, APIs are becoming a key target for adversaries,” said Michael Sentonas, chief technology officer at CrowdStrike. “Salt Security has emerged as the clear leader in solving this major blindspot for organisations, which is why we have chosen to invest in this innovative team and technology.”

CrowdStrike says it is committed to building an ecosystem of next-generation security leaders and enabling seamless integrations with the solutions that customers need to protect themselves in a rapidly evolving threat landscape. CrowdStrike’s Falcon Fund has been active with investments in established and emerging leaders across adjacent markets including Dig Security (data detection and response), JumpCloud (open directory) and Talon Security (secure enterprise browser).

“APIs connect the critical data and services that drive today’s digital innovation,” said Roey Eliyahu, CEO and co-founder at Salt Security. “API usage is rapidly growing, and API attack traffic is growing year-over-year. Existing defences are not effective in detecting and stopping API attacks, leaving organisations vulnerable to today’s low-and-slow API attacks. Just as CrowdStrike revolutionised endpoint protection, Salt is pioneering a context-based approach to finding and stopping bad actors abusing APIs. We are honoured to welcome CrowdStrike as a strategic partner and help provide their customers with best-in-class API security.”

IT Security Guru recently sat down with Michelle McLean from Salt Security to discuss the significance of API security and what sets Salt apart; you can read that interview here.

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Cato Networks SASE Cloud: “leader” and “OutPerformer” in GigaOm SSA Radar

Cato Networks recently announced that it was named as a “Leader” and “Outperformer” by GigaOm in the analyst firm’s Radar Report for Secure Service Access (SSA), GigaOm’s term for SASE/SSE. The report’s comprehensive review evaluates the degree to which suppliers converge security and networking into a single, global platform. Cato is only SASE provider to be ranked an SSA “Leader” and an “Outperformer” with perfect delivery of SD-WAN as well as the core network-based security capabilities – Firewall as a Service (FWaaS), Secure Web Gateway (SWG), Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), and Zero-Trust Network Access (ZTNA).

“Since publishing the 2021 Radar for Service Access Solutions [GigaOm’s prior term for SSA], Cato Networks has moved from being a Challenger to a Leader and an Outperformer due to its innovation and execution against its roadmap,” writes GigaOm analyst and report author, Ivan McPhee.

“In the world of networking and securing the enterprise, the platform is critical. It’s the convergence of capabilities into a global platform that allows for the radical simplicity and operational efficiency promised by SASE and SSA. GigaOm’s thorough research underscore this architectural prerequisite and we’re honored to be named a Leader and Outperformer in the SSA Radar Report,” says Yishay Yovel, Chief Marketing Officer at Cato Networks.

Cato Networks: The Prototypical SASE/SSA Platform

The report found Cato SASE Cloud to be one of the few SSA platforms capable of addressing the networking and security needs for large enterprises, MSPs, and SMEs.

The Cato SASE Cloud provides outstanding enterprise-grade network performance and predictability worldwide by connecting sites, remote users, and cloud resources across the optimized Cato Global Private Backbone. Once connected, the Cato SSE 360 pillar of Cato SASE Cloud enforces granular corporate access policies on all applications — on-premises and in the cloud – and across all ports and protocols, protecting users against threats, and preventing sensitive data loss.

Of GigaOm’s key SSA Criteria, the Cato SASE Cloud was the only Leader to be ranked Exceptional in seven of eight categories:

  • Defense in Depth
  • Identity-Based Access
  • Dynamic Segmentation
  • Unified Threat Management
  • ML-Powered Security
  • Autonomous Network Security
  • Integrated Solution

And the company found a similarly near-perfect score when it came to the core networking and network-based security capabilities comprising SSA solutions: SD-WAN, FWaaS, SWG, CASB, ZTNA, and NDR.

“Founded in 2015, Cato Networks was one of the first vendors to launch a global cloud-native service converging SD-WAN and security as a service,” says the report. “Developed in-house from the ground up, Cato SASE Cloud connects all enterprise network resources—including branch locations, cloud and physical data centers, and the hybrid workforce—within a secure, cloud-native service. Delivering low latency and predictable performance via a global private backbone”

Delivering a Converged Networking and Security Platform Challenges the Industry

Since SASE’s inception, analysts have pointed to the importance of having one, converged cloud platform connecting and securing the complete enterprise — sites, users, and cloud resources. It’s this radical simplicity that enables the agility, cost savings, visibility, improved security, and operational improvements associated with SASE/SSA.

But the complexity of converging networking and security capabilities to form such a platform has long challenged legacy technology and service providers. As GigaOm notes, “The SSA landscape is becoming increasingly blurred with incumbent vendors repackaging and repositioning legacy products as integrated platforms, acquiring new technologies, or making strategic alliances to fill the gaps in their portfolios.”

Enterprises need not only consider functionality claimed by SSA vendors but the convergence of those capabilities. Says GigaOm, “When talking to vendors, verify the level of integration between individual SSA capabilities. Ensure that their vision is aligned with yours and their roadmap includes the features and integration you need.”


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