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Top 10 Zero Trust Cybersecurity Companies for 2019

Welcome to page two of two. Here are companies eight through 14, sorted alphabetically, in our Zero Trust security list.

8. Microsoft: Much of the company’s Zero Trust push involves Office 365 users and associated security offerings to safeguard the cloud productivity suite, Forrester notes. MSSP Alert says: No doubt, most major MSSPs offer security services that safeguard Microsoft’s system software and applications. But it’s only over the past year or so that Microsoft has truly started to understand and target MSPs in the SMB sector. That effort includes a long-overdue Azure Expert MSP push, which surfaced in July 2018.

9. Okta: The company is best-known for its identity and access management (IAM) and single sign-on solutions. But a Zero Trust push is accelerating. MSSP Alert says: Okta in September 2018 launched Partner Connect, a program that enables solution and technology providers to add identity management and security offerings to their portfolios. Also, Okta in July 2018 acquired ScaleFT — a Zero Trust security platform — for an undisclosed sum.

10. Palo Alto Networks: The cloud, endpoint and network security company aggressively promotes a Zero Trust architecture to its customers and partners. MSSP Alert says: Palo Alto is well-known within the MSSP market, and continues to promote its wares to such partners. The company’s partner program now includes an MSSP specialization.

11. Sophos: The company has expanded beyond traditional anti-virus conversations by promoting various endpoint, firewall and unified threat management offerings. MSSP Alert says: Sophos has one of the most widely deployed multi-tenant security platforms for MSPs and MSSPs, and the company’s anti-phishing security training tools provide a natural first-step sales option for emerging partners.

12. Symantec: Still one of the best-known names in endpoint and network security, but the Zero Trust push is somewhat newer for Symantec. MSSP Alert says: Symantec also is a Top 100 MSSP in its own right, is shrinking in some ways but growing in others.

13. Trend Micro: The company specializes in anti-malware and endpoint security, cloud workload security, as well as significant capability in the network security pillar of ZTX, Forrester notes. MSSP Alert says: Trend Micro was one of the security industry’s first-movers with MSP- and SaaS-centric partner programs nearly a decade ago. More recently, Trend Micro has partnered to launch its own MSSP along with an MDR service for partners.

14. VMwareThe company’s Zero Trust effort focuses most on NSX — the software-defined networking (SDN) offering that offers network micro segmentation. MSSP Alert says: The NSX partner ecosystem is growing rapidly — but relatively small compared to the company’s more traditional server virtualization channel. VMware has also been helping hosting providers to transform into MSPs and MSSPs. And we’re curious to see how VMware Cloud on AWS along with the company’s desktop virtualization options will fit into the Zero Trust strategy.





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    I am intrigued as to why McAfee isn’t on this list. With their recent mVISION portfolio/platform, surely they have a solid offering?

    Joe Panettieri:

    Hi VM Thunder,

    Thanks for your note. We used Forrester’s latest Zero Trust report as a starting point, then connected the dots back to the MSSP market. McAfee was not mentioned in this particular report, though we do have respect for the company and the mVISION effort. In fact, we just mentioned the company in our Top 10 SIEM Tools list last week.


    Hello Joe,

    Thank you for the clarification and the link to the SIEM tools. I had missed that, somehow.


    How is Cisco on the list when they continually hard-code backdoors into their network and security equipment?

    Joe Panettieri:

    Hi Surprised: You raise a relevant question that deserves a closer look. For readers who are not familiar with the Cisco backdoor discussion, Tom’s Hardware has some details here. In response to the question you’ve raised, Surprised, we will reach out to both Gartner and Cisco for comment about the back door history, the implications for zero trust networks, and how Cisco is addressing the issue going forward.

    I will update this comment when we have more details to share.

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