The OPAQ cloud platform is developed to allow partners deliver Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) offerings to customers using OPAQ’s infrastructure. OPAQ’s SASE suite further features the company’s Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) cloud solution, which is expected to protect organizations’ distributed networks across data centers, branch offices, remote users, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
With this acquisition, Fortinet said it will combine its Security Fabric with OPAQ’s ZTNA solution to enhance Fortinet’s existing SASE offering, providing firewall and SD-WAN capabilities, web security, sandboxing, advanced endpoint, identity/multi factor authentication, multi-cloud workload protection, cloud application security broker (CASB), browser isolation, and web application firewalling capabilities.
“The recent SASE market momentum further validates our Security-driven Networking approach and underscores what we’ve been saying for years. In the era of hyper-connectivity and expanding networks, with the network edge stretching across the entire digital infrastructure, networking and security must converge. In fact, the acquisition of OPAQ actually further enhances our existing SASE offering. Now, we will deliver the most complete SASE platform on the market with the broadest security and industry-leading SD-WAN and networking offerings that can all be delivered to customers and partners through a flexible, cost efficient and patented zero-trust cloud architecture,” said Ken Xie, Founder, Chairman of the Board, and CEO of Fortinet.
OPAQ started operations in 2017, founded and led by Glenn C. Hazard as the Chief Executive Officer, and co-founded by Ken Ammon who served as the Chief Strategy Officer. Currently, the states of these executive positions have not been disclosed, as well as other terms of the acquisition deal.
As the digital services market continues to experience a surge in demand due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is not surprising that a lot of merger/acquisition hunting are ongoing for tech companies and other critical service providers in the digital industry. Few days earlier, Acronis also announced its acquisition of a California based data security firm DeviceLock, a global provider of endpoint device/port control and data loss prevention (DLP) software.