Forcepoint Cybersecurity Solutions

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Forcepoint provide a strong SASE offering with a particular focus on data protection. They also offer additional services and products including: security, cloud security and cross domain solutions.

Summary

Forcepoint SASE Solution: Comparisons, Review, Benefits, Use Cases, Pros & Cons

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Forcepoint are a good choice for companies looking for a strong SASE offering, with a range of additional security products and cloud security solutions and a strong focus on data protection. Further, they offer Cross Domain solutions, meaning that they are a good choice for companies with multiple domains, helping companies that require network segmentation centralize data servers across cloud, datacentres or hybrid. This helps organizations reduce infrastructure and hardware costs as well as reduce complexity and automate processes. The company leverages private peering  partnerships with a number of Tier-1 backbone networks, which offers clients connectivity in 145 countries using 160 PoPs  - helping to secure remote and in office workforces. 

However, caution may be taken for companies looking for NDR and XDR services, as Forcepoint do not currently offer such solutions - instead Advanced Malware Detection is available, which detects security breaches, but does not take remediation action, therefore meaning that clients will need an IT team to remedy any security breaches that may occur.

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About

About Forcepoint

Forcepoint was founded in 1994 (then called NetPartners) and is currently headquartered in Austin, Texas, North America. The company is now owned by Francisco Partners, and offers CASB, firewall, cloud security and SASE security services. Forcepoint support customers in more than 150 countries. As of 11th October 2021 Forcepoint signed an agreement to acquire Bitglass, a Security Service Edge (SSE) leader. Forcepoint’s Data-first SASE architecture will be supported by Bitglass’ SSE platform to improve the ease of use and deployment of threat protection and advanced data security technologies. This follows its June acquisition of Deep Secure, a UK cybersecurity vendor, expanding their Cross Domain Solutions portfolio. These recent acquisitions show that Forcepoint are committed to expanding their capabilities and Data-first cybersecurity portfolio as well as growing their presence in the cybersecurity market. In 2018 Forcepoint was recognized as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Secure Web Gateways and for Enterprise Network Firewalls.

Pros & Cons

What are the pros and cons of Forcepoint SASE Cybersecurity?

List of the pros and cons associated with Forcepoint SASE security.

Pros

  • Offers strong data protection services which can be combined into SASE solutions, securing clients data. 
  • All Forcepoint data centers are certified as ISO 27018, ISO 27001 and are compliant with SOC 2. 
  • The company has private peering partnerships with a large number of Tier-1 backbone networks, offering clients fast connectivity using 160 PoPs in 145 countries for a localized service worldwide.

Cons

  • Forcepoint do not offer NDR or XDR services, instead they offer Advanced Malware Detection though this does not include a response. 
  • No DIY management offering as products and services are provided through third party Managed Service Provider Partners.
Comparison

Comparison: Forcepoint vs Zscaler vs Fortinet vs Palo Alto SASE security

Consider the points below to compare Forcepoint vs Zscaler vs Fortinet vs Palo Alto SASE security.

Forcepoint

  • Forcepoint are a good option for clients who require a strong SASE security offering.
  • Forcepoint's SASE includes Remote Browser Isolation, SWG, CASB, NGFW, SD WAN and ZTNA. 
  • Forcepoint offer Advanced Malware Detection services. 

Zscaler

  • Zscaler are a suitable choice for large multinational corporations requiring a granular SASE or security solution. 
  • Zscaler SASE features ZTNA, CASB, SWG and FWaaS. 
  • Zscaler offers NDR and XDR solutions through technology partnerships. 

Fortinet

  • Fortinet's solution is aligned to large global corporations requiring SASE, security and connectivity for multiple offices globally. 
  • Fortinet SASE includes SWG, ZTNA, FWaaS,  Data Loss Prevention, Domain Name System and Sandboxing services. 
  • Fortinet offer MDR as part of their Advanced Endpoint Security platform and XDR services from their Security Operations Center (SOC) services platform. 

Palo Alto

  • Palo Alto offer integrated SD WAN and SASE solutions with strong cloud offerings for large global corporations. 
  • Palo Alto SASE includes SWG, ZTNA, FWaaS and CASB. 
  • Palo Alto offer MDR and XDR services via technology partnerships. 

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Products & Services

What are Forcepoint's Solutions?

  • Remote Browser Isolation (RBI): Designed to protect endpoints from malware by isolating content from end user. Can be combined with Cloud Security to isolate high-risk sites, further protecting users. RBI is capable of enforcing DLP rules on web traffic, helping to prevent data loss on the web, whilst protecting data by keeping web delivered malware off of endpoints. Clients can also choose to limit what data sharing activities that users can do on specific websites by rendering embedded email URLs to read-only mode. Further, functions such as copy and paste and file uploads can be disabled to stop the spread of malicious links or sensitive data, whilst disarming content and sanitizing files to ensure email deliveries remain safe. Social engineering can also be user to stop targeted attacks. RBI can be deployed both in the cloud and on-premises via Forcepoint SASE, and can integrate with multiple solutions such as Forcepoint’s Cloud Security Gateway. It is also able to render multiple types of web destinations, such as sites built on legacy technologies or modern cloud applications such as G-Suite. Sensitive web data can be kept out of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) browser caches in order to limit website data sharing functions whilst integrating with DLP. RBI comes as part of the Forcepoint SASE platform (see, Forcepoint SASE)
  • Data Loss Prevention (DLP): Forcepoint DLP allows clients to control all of their data via a single policy, offering tailored and adaptive data security, that blocks actions only when required. Clients can also view and control all of their data using Forcepoint’s pre-defined data library. This can also help to ensure compliance with regulations such as GDPR and CCPA, with data classification from Azure Information Protection and Boldon James. The solution also protects intellectual property (such as PII, PHI, trade secrets, company financials and credit card data), even when user devices are off-network. The service features: cloud, drip DLP, comprehensive data discovery, native remediation, fingerprinting/OCR, unified policy enforcement, converged network and endpoint, off-network, single console, risk-adaptive protection, native behavioral analytics, risk-based policy enforcement, classification vendor compatibility, database flexibility and automated policy enforcement. 
  • Cross Domain Solutions: Clients can centralize the servers where data is stored, which could be the cloud, a datacentre or hybrid. The solution is designed to reduce the number of additional endpoints required per-network, remove the need for the duplication of hardware, and enable access to virtualised networks from a number of devices. This allows the number of operations and maintenance staff needed to remain low, potentially lowering costs. Further, the solution reduces the risk of compromise to files and data that are in transit. 
  • Advanced Malware Detection: Leverages advanced sandboxing to protect against zero-day threats.
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SASE

What is the Forcepoint SASE security solution?

Forcepoint combine their data protection services into their SASE solution, allowing customers to protect their data before and after download. The service has the capability to stop malware from residing in downloads, control user access using knowledge of the risk that a resource may present, and can eliminate security gaps in the cloud, networks, web and private applications. Data loss prevention is included and allows clients to implement Zero Trust-as-a-service, implement Data Loss Prevention (DLP) technology and use SASE architecture to implement policies across the entire network. Forcepoint SASE comes as a single product, as opposed to a bundle, and contains Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), Secure Web Gateway (SWG), Remote Browser Isolation (RBI) and Data Loss Prevention (DLP).

SASE features: 

  • Remote Browser Isolation
  • Secure Web Gateway
  • Cloud Access Security Broker 
  • Next Generation Firewall
  • SD WAN 
  • ZTNA

What ZTNA (Zero Trust Network Access) solution is supported by Forcepoint?

Forcepoint offer ZTNA to support remote workers without the need for a VPN, by offering a workforce private access to internal applications whilst barring unknown users. The solution offers greater visibility, allowing clients to view which users are accessing private applications, migrating to the cloud to keep them hidden from the Internet. Using intrusion prevention technology, ZTNA can protect private applications and networks from threats introduced from remote networks. Can be included in SASE architecture. 

What CASB (Cloud Access Security Broker) solution is supported by Forcepoint?

Forcepoint’s CASB solution is able to support any cloud application through multiple key partner integrations. Their CASB service won the CRN product of the year award in 2017 and monitors thousands of activities per cloud application. Forcepoint’s CASB solution offers the following features: integrated remediation workflow, device and location based access control, data classification, security for all cloud applications, advanced and customizable risk metrics, automated app catalog and risk updates, real-time activity monitoring/analytics, cloud application discovery, user governance, integrations with third-party solutions, cloud application risk scoring, data loss prevention, automatic anomaly detection and application governance. This CASB solution reduces vulnerabilities by reducing the attack surface, whilst also providing secure access to any cloud application. The solution ensures regulation compliance and the security of sensitive data by preventing data loss without redefining policies as well as improving detection and analysis through deep inspection. 

What SWG (Secure Web Gateway) solution is supported by Forcepoint?

Secure Web Gateway (SWG) from Forcepoint offers web security with real-time threat defenses, including in-line security scanning and full content inspection, to help prevent malware attacks. The SWG serves as a single endpoint for DLP, CASB, NGFW and Web security, enabling flexible security and traffic redirection options to secure a global workforce. The product features Seamless Handoff, which enables automatic switching using Direct Connect, between in-line proxy enforcement mode and local enforcement mode. 

Forcepoint SWG can be deployed on-premises, in the cloud or using a hybrid deployment architecture, and enables monitoring and control of application usage across the network, which helps to eliminate security gaps. Remote Browser Isolation, Advanced Threat Protection and Data Loss Prevention are also included (see, Forcepoint products and services). 

What FWaaS (Firewall as a Service) solution is supported by Forcepoint?

Forcepoint offer Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) as part of their SASE product. This provides users with built-in SD WAN and ZTNA, deep visibility from one central console, with integrated IDS and IPS. The service can be deployed virtually, in the cloud or on hardware devices with open APIs that allow clients to customize automation, orchestration and acceleration for network architectures. Forcepoint NGFW features:

  • Centralized Management: Clients can manage multiple firewalls with granular controls and scalable management capabilities. 
  • Security Effectiveness: IP Packet Fragmentation/TCP Segmentation, false-positive testing and assessed block rate.
  • Evasion Protection: Protection against evasions and HTTP evasions.

What NDR (Network Detection and Response) solution is supported by Forcepoint?

Forcepoint do not offer a full Network Detection and Response solution, however they do offer Advanced Malware Detection. See, Forcepoint products and services for details.

What XDR (Extended Detection and Response) solution is supported by Forcepoint?

Forcepoint do not offer a full Extended Detection and Response solution, however they do offer Advanced Malware Detection. See, Forcepoint products and services for details.

Funding

Funding Rounds

2008£0B
2018£0.48B
2021£2.2B
Cloud Security

How does Forcepoint deliver cloud security?

As a part of their SASE offering, Forcepoint offer cloud security through their Cloud Security Gateway solution, which protects the cloud, web and data. The solution protects remote and on-premises users, with full visibility across the cloud, premises and remote access. The solution uses remote browser isolation, real-time threat intelligence and deep content inspection to protect against zero-day threats and analyze both encrypted and unencrypted traffic. The solution is also capable of preventing unauthorized data egress to cloud, data transfers and web between personal and business clouds. Finally, the service is also able to detect and eliminate any gaps in the security policy. Peers with AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform. 

The solution includes:

  • Comprehensive Cloud Application Security: Uses CASB to secure data traveling to and from the cloud using managed and unmanaged devices (see, What CASB (Cloud Access Security Broker) solution is supported by Forcepoint?).
  • Cloud Secure Web Gateway: Forcepoint offer a Cloud Secure Web Gateway, which is part of their Cloud Security Gateway featured in their SASE product. The solution protects users accessing cloud applications and web content in any location, whether they are on or off the corporate network.
  • Converged Cloud Security-as-a-Service: Protects data from cloud applications and web content, and allows clients to access these applications and content securely. Available for remote and in-office users.
  • Web Security Enforcement Policy: Leverages Forcepoint’s Seamless Handoff product, which allows clients to automatically switch between in-line proxy enforcement mode, and local enforcement mode with Direct Connect.
  • Advanced Threat Protection: Offers a range of dynamic capabilities such as Remote Browser Isolation, which prevent security breaches.
  • Complete Data Protection: Uses DLP to secure devices, data channels and applications in the cloud and on the web.
  • Global Cloud Infrastructure and Connectivity: Global security with multiple connectivity options.
Cloud Access

Cloud Access

Amazon Web Services33.3
Microsoft Azure33.3
Google Cloud33.3
Remote Users

How does Forcepoint support remote users?

Forcepoint supports remote users through the following products: Cloud Security Gateway, Private Access and Data Loss Protection. See below for a breakdown of features and capabilities for each product:

  • Cloud Security Gateway: See, How does Forcepoint deliver cloud security? for product details. 
  • Data Loss Protection (DLP): Forcepoint’s DLP security solution uses features such as: single console, drip DLP, comprehensive data discovery, cloud, risk-adaptive protection, off-network, fingerprinting/OCR, converged network & endpoint, native remediation, automated policy enforcement, native behavioral analytics, database flexibility, risk-based policy enforcement, cloud apps, unified policy enforcement and classification vendor compatibility to ensure that corporate data is not lost when extended to the remote workforce. DLP uses single policy adaptive data security to ensure that actions are only blocked when needed as well as predefined policies to ensure compliance with regulations in over 80 counties. Users are individually assessed provided a risk level, with actions blocked in alignment with this metric to ensure that even when away from the office sensitive company information is protected.
  • Private Access: The Forcepoint Private Access product allows applications that are stored in private cloud or company data centers to be accessed by teleworkers, whilst also ensuring that the corporate network is protected from compromised devices or remote users. Private access negates the need for VPNs for remote users to access cloud applications whilst also ensuring consistent speeds. Using Zero Trust Network Access for teleworkers ensures that the security of the corporate network is maintained as users are only provided with authorized applications as well as providing visibility into connected users and resource usage across the network.
Managed, co-managed & DIY services

What is the Forcepoint managed, co-managed and DIY services solution? 

Forcepoint offer managed SASE services and security products through a global network of Managed Service Providers. The ability to co-manage is offered at the discretion of third-party service providers. Forcepoint do not currently offer a DIY solution.

Services

Services

Managed90
Co-managed10
Portal

What Reporting and Management is available via the Forcepoint Portal?

The Forcepoint portal is available via the Cloud Security Gateway and allows customers full visibility into their network as well as access to tools for security policy setting, management and operation. The single product SaaS solution provides CASB, Secure Web Gateway, Remote Browser Isolation and Data Loss Prevention features to provide consistent protection across the network, on cloud, premises or remote users.

Points of presence

Number of PoPs

Forcepoint160
Palo Alto Networks100
Fortinet108
Zscaler150
Service Level Agreement

What is the Forcepoint SLA?

Below is a table displaying the main focus points of the Check Point Service Level Agreement (SLA). 

Forcepoint Cloud Services Service Level Agreement

Service

Availability (Per 1 calendar month)

Latency

Outage Length

Service Credits

Security Access Policy Enforcement Cloud Services Solution (CASB)


 

Network Infrastructure - 99.999%

~

1min.—120min.

Outages of more than 120min.

1 day’s credit.

1 day’s credit for every 2 full hours of outage.

Peripheral Infrastructure - 99.5%

 

~

 

~

~

Private Access

99.999%

No more than 100 milliseconds, 95% of the time.

Availability: Outages of more than 120min.

Latency: Over 1 calendar month.

Availability: 1 day’s credit for every 2 full hours of outage.

Latency: Service credit = 1 week

Dynamic User Protection

99.9%

~

Outages of more than 120min.

1 day’s credit for every 2 full hours of outage.

Cloud E-mail

99.999%

~

Outages of more than 120min.

1 day’s credit for every 2 full hours of outage.

Cloud Web

99.999%

~

Outages of more than 120min.

1 day’s credit for every 2 full hours of outage.

E-mail Archiving

99.99%

~

Service unavailability  exceeds 0.01%.

1 day per calendar month.

(Forcepoint, 2021) For further details and to find out more about the Forcepoint SLA please visit: https://www.forcepoint.com/legal/cloud-services-service-level-agreement

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Deployments

Deployment Region

Europe, Middle East and Africa41%
North America33%
Asia/Pacific21%
Latin America5%
Proposition Focus

Proposition Focus

Features3
SASE/Security4.5
Cloud4
SD WAN2.4
Industries

Industry Coverage

Finance29%
Manufacturing13%
Services27%
Healthcare7%
Other24%
Focus

Other Focus

Remote users6
ZTNA4
CASB4
SWG6
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Geographic Focus

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Americas40

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