NordLayer SASE Cybersecurity Solutions

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NordLayer (formerly Nord VPN Teams) is a company that provides adaptive network access security solutions for modern businesses. They help firms of all sizes to meet scaling and integration challenges when building out their remote work environment, using AES 256-bit encryption with an ever changing SASE framework which shields employees from cyber threats. NordLayer is the network access security branch of Nord Security which also offer: NordVPN, NordPass, NordLocker, and NordWL. NordLayer was founded in 2019 and has its headquarters in New York, United States. NordLayer support over 30 global server locations as well as currently protecting 5,000+ businesses.

Summary

NordLayer SASE Cybersecurity Solutions: Comparisons, Review, Benefits, Use Cases, Pros & Cons

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Review

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NordLayer offers a easy to use, simplified SASE solution providing a straightforward and scalable method of managing corporate SASE supported by AES 256-bit encryption. The solution is hindered however by the same simplicity leaving it lacking some more granular features. This in turn limits the solution's reporting, management and overall strength in comparison to other competitors within the market. Using a combination of 256-bit encryption and their international server network, NordLayer enable remote teams to work safely without any security concerns by mitigating cyber threats and ensuring access to the corporate network from anywhere. NordLayer's SASE solution is made up of multiple SASE components however the lack of NDR or XDR capability is one of the essential components that stop NordLayer being a "Full" SASE solution, however it is clear this is the direction NordLayer is taking and their SASE offering may well develop over time.

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Pros & Cons

What are the pros and cons of NordLayer SASE Cybersecurity?

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

Pros

  • AES 256-bit Encryption
  • Mid-market range pricing
  • Simplistic, focusing on ease of use
  • Part of a wider Nord Security product portfolio

Cons

  • Limited management, reporting and granularity of features
  • Lack of reliable user review data
  • No NDR or XDR offering, however does offer ThreatBlock EDR
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Cybersecurity and SD WAN

What are NordLayer's Solutions?

  • Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) Solution
  • Zero Trust Security Solutions
  • Remote & Hybrid Work Security
  • Security Compliance Solutions
  • Network Security
  • Network Access Control
  • Dedicated IP
  • Remote Access VPN
  • Site-to-Site VPN
  • Business VPN
  • Cloud VPN

Network Security Features:

Featured:

  • 2FA
  • SSO
  • Auto-Connect
  • Site-to-Site
  • AES 256-bit Encryption
  • NordLynx (WireGuard) - Coming Soon
  • Dedicated IP/Fixed IP
  • Smart Remote Access

Additional Security:

  • 2FA
  • SSO
  • Biometric Authentication
  • Network Segmentation
  • Jailbroken Device Detection

Threat Management:

  • Shared Servers
  • ThreatBlock
  • Custom DNS

Network Management:

  • Network Segmentation
  • Site-to-Site
  • Dedicated IP/Fixed IP
  • Dedicated Servers & Private Gateways
  • Smart Remote Access

Network Security:

  • AES 256-bit Encryption
  • NordLynx (WireGuard) - Coming Soon
SASE

What is the NordLayer SASE security solution?

SD WAN: The NordLayer SD WAN solution provides cloud compatibility, traffic optimization for optimal application performance and cost savings through efficient use of bandwidth across multiple WAN connections.

SaaS Security: SaaS solutions are becoming increasingly popular for their ease of use, but they also come with security risks. NordLayer helps firms secure their business data and maintain user privacy by integrating basic protection into cloud applications — ideal for minimizing the chances that sensitive information will be compromised.

Threat Prevention: NordLayer Threat Prevention protects devices from malware and other online threats. When using an unknown website, NordLayer will block any untrusted content with automatic restrictions so there's no risk of infection.

Secure Remote Access: The virtual Local Area Network (LAN) created by Smart Remote Access allows users to connect various devices to the enterprise network. Similarly, NordLayer connects cloud-based computer systems so that employees can share data with each other more easily than ever before.

ZTNA: See below,

What ZTNA (Zero Trust Network Access) Solution is Supported by NordLayer?

Identity and Access Management: In order to ensure that corporate network and devices are protected, NordLayer uses strong authentication tools such as single sign-on (SSO), biometrics and 2FA. NordLayer user provisioning services offer added security benefits since this enables granular access control on an individual level which can help reduce the risk of sniffing attacks when logged into various platforms from work terminals at home all way down to even mobile devices.

Network Access Control: Impose security policies that give full control over who has access to company information. Neutralize any risks by setting up user permissions and securing devices with proper credentials, so only authorized personnel can get into sensitive files or data stores.

Network Segmentation: Nordlayer enables organizations to create an effective security strategy by implementing multiple checkpoints and Zero Trust policies when it comes to access identification, authentication or both.

Network Security: Your business data is the most valuable thing you have. NordLayer take multiple types of cyberattacks into account with powerful encryption and bespoke tools to combat them all, so that most threats can be mitigated to ensure that corporate information stays safe.

What CASB (Cloud Access Security Broker) Solution is Supported by NordLayer?

NordLayer offers a solution that provides access control, monitoring and auditing for cloud infrastructure. They take advantage of the capabilities offered by CASB to ensure only those authorized are able make changes or pull files from corporate accounts. In order accomplish this task there needs be some sort confidentiality between users while also ensuring they have what's best suited towards their needs in terms of security.

What SWG (Secure Web Gateway) Solution is Supported by NordLayer?

Nordlayer's SWGs provide a number of valuable features to help businesses stay compliant and protected from unwanted traffic. These include application control, data loss prevention as well other useful capabilities such as URL filtering which can be used to block websites.

What FWaaS (Firewall as a Service) Solution is Supported by NordLayer?

The FWaaS layer of security for cloud-based network perimeters will help businesses maintain the integrity and confidentiality at all times. It’s designed not only to detect unauthorized access attempts, but also stop them in their tracks before they can cause any damage or harm.

What NDR (Network Detection and Response) Solution is Supported by NordLayer?

NordLayer does not offer a Network Detection and Response (NDR) Solution.

What XDR (Extended Detection and Response) Solution is Supported by NordLayer?

NordLayer does not offer a Extended Detection and Response (NDR) Solution.

Cloud Vendors

How does NordLayer deliver cloud security?

NordLayer's security solutions are designed to provide a seamless experience through integrations into major platforms like AWS and Azure.

Remote Users

How does NordLayer support remote users?

BYOD Security: BYOD policies are a great way to enable employees work with their personal devices within corporate organizations. These include tasks like email correspondence, connecting them on the business WAN and using company apps or data.

Remote Access VPN: Remote access VPNs are great for firms that need to securely connect remote workers, especially when employees are using multiple devices. Remote users can protect their data and create secure connections with other company resources.

Zero Trust: With the ‘trust none, verify all’ principle of business network segmentation in place, companies can adopt a cyber security solution that ensures explicit trust is only granted to users who have been verified.

SASE: The NordLayer security architecture is designed to guard against the ever-changing threats in today’s software defined networking environment. Built using SASE components, it offers both internal and external protection from malware with a multi-layered framework that includes intelligence gathering at every layer for optimum coverage everywhere employees access the online resources.

Managed, Co-managed & DIY Services

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

NordLayer's SASE solution is available in three tiers: Basic, Advanced and Custom. The service is DIY so requires an enterprise IT team for implementation and management or alternatively can be managed through a third party Managed Service Provider (MSP) partner.

Portal

What Reporting and Management is available via the NordLayer Portal?

Management and reporting of the NordLayer SASE solution is offered through a single, centralized control panel.

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