Universal Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA)

Universal Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) allows organizations to create a single access policy to enterprise resources based on risk and least privilege principles, and enforce it on all users regardless of location – in the office, at home or remote.

Universal ZTNA Capabilities

Single, Risk-based ZTNA Policy Everywhere

Cato’s Universal ZTNA uses a single risk-based policy to control user access to sensitive data using identity and a variety of access context attributes including device security posture, user geography, application risk, and compliance ratings. Cato consistently enforces ZTNA policies across its global cloud service and all users regardless of their location – office, home, or remote.

Continuous Device Posture Evaluation

Cato evaluates connected device posture, including operating system and patches, anti-virus, disk encryption, device firewall, geographic location, and device certificate at connection and throughout the session. If a posture check fails, Cato can terminate the user’s connection entirely or block access to specific resources until the device becomes compliant. Continuous device posture evaluation strengthens the security posture of organizations by ensuring devices meet a minimum set of requirements, reducing the risk of data breaches from compromised endpoints.

Application Optimization for Consistent User Experience

Remote users often complain about application performance degradation, impacting their productivity. This is typically a result of an unreliable internet connection and traffic backhauling to a central location for security inspection.

The Cato SASE Cloud Platform includes a global private backbone that features robust optimization and QoS capabilities, targeted to deliver optimized access to cloud and on-premises resources from anywhere. With Cato, remote users connected to The Cato SASE Cloud Platform enjoy the same optimized application access as users at office locations, ensuring optimal user experience and maximum productivity, without security compromises.

Clientless Application Access for 3rd-parties and BYOD

Cato natively supports browser-based clientless access to private applications for users who can’t use the Cato Client. Admins can easily publish applications to a web portal, create access policies, and enable instant secure application access for any user. Cato’s clientless access requires minimal setup and can be deployed with secure authentication from an external SSO and MFA provider of your choice or using Cato’s user database.

Full Remote Access Visibility and Control

Cato provides administrators and auditors a dedicated dashboard to monitor remote user connectivity and activity. The dashboard shows currently connected users, their location, their source device and posture, and their application usage analytics. One-click filtering allows further per-user analysis, for related networking, access, and security events which can support the creation of new access policies.

Corporate, BYOD, and Wide OS Support for Every Use Case

Cato Universal ZTNA client supports Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, and Linux for maximum coverage, regardless if the device is corporate-owned or BYOD. To help admins seamlessly migrate from their legacy VPN to the Cato Universal ZTNA, central deployment via common Mobile Device Management (MDM) is supported. A self-service portal for user provisioning is available for external contractors and enterprises who do not use MDMs.

Continuous Threat Prevention and Data Protection

Cato continuously evaluates all user traffic for threat prevention and data protection. Cato’s Single Pass Cloud Engine (SPACE) inspects the user’s session traffic using multiple security engines including FWaaS, SWG, IPS, NGAM, CASB, DLP, RBI, and more. Malicious traffic and unauthorized access to sensitive data are identified, audited, and blocked. Cato helps enterprises address remote access, threat prevention, and data protection requirements using a single platform, avoiding complex routing and integration projects often needed to support remote access cases.

Zero Trust Network Access Video Demo

Cato's SASE platform offers full-mesh connectivity for all users and locations connected to the service. Granular, context-aware policies are defined in the WAN firewall rules. By default, users can only access explicitly permitted resources, with clientless access options and comprehensive visibility and event tracking.

The Strategic Benefits of a True SASE Platform

Architected from the ground up as a true cloud-native SASE platform, all Cato's security capabilities, today and in the future, leverage the global distribution, massive scalability, advanced resiliency, autonomous life cycle management, and consistent management model of the Cato platform.

Consistent Policy

Cato extends all security capabilities globally to deliver consistent policy enforcement everywhere and to everyone, from the largest datacenters and down to a single user device.

Scalable and Resilient Protection

Cato scales to inspect multi-gig traffic streams with full TLS decryption and across all security capabilities, and can automatically recover from service component failures to ensure continuous security protection.

Autonomous Life Cycle Management

Cato ensures the SASE cloud platform maintains optimal security posture, 99.999% service availability, and low-latency security processing for all users and locations without any customer involvement.

Single Pane of Glass

Cato provides a single pane of glass to consistently manage all security and networking capabilities including configuration, analytics, troubleshooting, and incident detection and response. Unified management model eases new capabilities adoption by IT and the business.

Recognized as a SASE Pioneer and Leader by Industry Analysts

Cato is the category creator of SASE. We didn't invent the name, but SASE is Cato's founding vision. Since 2015 we are continuously evolving and perfecting the only true SASE platform. Cato is fully committed to deliver on the promise of SASE: making secure and optimized access effortlessly available for everyone and everywhere.

“We ran a breach-and-attack simulator on Cato, Infection rates and lateral movement just dropped while detection rates soared. These were key factors in trusting Cato security.”

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