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Bringing the adage ‘more is more’ to life, managed IT and security services provider Advantage has integrated the Government Communications and Security Bureau’s Malware Free Networks feed into its Netskope threat monitoring and protection platform. The result is arguably an unrivalled offering in the Security Service Edge environment, according to Advantage Auckland regional manager Steve Smith.

He explains why: “Integrating Malware Free Networks into Netskope SSE increases and enhances end user protection by including local threat intel in an international product. Typically, cloud solutions only have international feeds.”

The concept of SSE, or Security Service Edge, has fairly recently (2021) emerged as a necessary means for securing access to websites, Software as a Service and private applications. Distinct from the perhaps more familiar Secure Access Service Edge (which targets network access issues with a single brokering fabric), SSE is comprised of a collection of integrated, cloud-centric security capabilities. These capabilities include multiple ‘feeds’ for threat intelligence; as Smith has noted, in the services of global vendors such as California-headquartered Netskope, the feeds originate ‘anywhere but little old New Zealand’.

Until now, of course.

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