Duo, Akamai partner on access security for remote workers

ANN ARBOR — The Ann Arbor-based cybersecurity firm Duo Security announced a new partnership with the cloud delivery provider Akamai (Nasdaq: AKAM) to integrate their technologies for remote workers.

Through this partnership, every time a user tries to access an application delivered by Akamai’s Enterprise Application Access, Duo verifies the trust of the user and the device in real-time.

Duo says it analzed a billion user logins to its customer work applications, and found that almost 43 percent of them came from outside the corporate office and network, making it clear that the traditional security perimeter is quickly becoming irrelevant. In just the last year, Duo’s data shows the number of authentications involving mobile devices accessing corporate applications have more than doubled, and the average number of cloud-based applications customers are protecting increased by more than 20 percent.

While this remote work trend has created unmatched flexibility and helped organizations attract top talent globally, it has introduced a major challenge for IT and security teams. Organizations are struggling to securely enable remote access because legacy virtual private networks are complex to use and inadequate for properly controlling remote access.

According to Forrester’s 2017 Global Business Technographics Security Survey, 41 percent of breaches in the past 12 months were incidents within the organization or involved business partners or third-party suppliers.

“Traditional remote access VPN solutions create significant complexities and risks for enterprise IT in today’s world where multi-cloud and access for employees, partners and contractors is the norm,” said Tim Knudsen, vice president of products for Akamai’s Enterprise Division. “The integration of Akamai Enterprise Access with Duo makes it simple and safe by replacing network-based access with application-specific access where customers can verify trust of the device and user in real-time at the time of the access without requiring a client.”

With Duo and Akamai, even the largest enterprises can onboard new external users — contractors, business partners, remote full-time workers — in minutes instead of days or weeks.

Duo Beyond and Enterprise Application Access allow organizations to continue modernizing their workforce while giving users convenient and secure access to only the applications they need to do their job — ultimately preventing attackers with stolen credentials or compromised devices from accessing sensitive applications. This is very different from the legacy ‘castle and moat’ approach that remote access VPNs provide.

“Security needs to evolve beyond the traditional perimeter when it comes to protecting remote access, especially with a growing remote workforce, a new generation of endpoints, and increased cloud adoption,” said Duo co-founder and CTO Jon Oberheide. “Enabling secure access regardless of network location is a core principle of Zero Trust and BeyondCorp architectures, and our partnership with Akamai will help customers embrace this new security model.”

For more information, visit https://duo.com.

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