Cradlepoint Deepening SSE Capabilities with Ericom Software PurchaseCradlepoint Deepening SSE Capabilities with Ericom Software Purchase
Ericom's ZTNA and other next-gen security capabilities will pair with Cradlepoint's cloud security offering and ultimately its SD-WAN offering.
April 4, 2023
Cradlepoint will add Ericom to its enterprise wireless solutions solutions portfolio. Specifically, the company plans to integrate Ericom capabilities into the Cradlepoint NetCloud Threat Defense cloud service. The Israel-based provider specializes in remote access and cloud-delivered web security. Moreover, Ericom possesses key components of secure access service edge (SASE). Those include secure web gateway (SWG), zero-trust network access (ZTNA) and cloud access security broker (CASB).
Cradlepoint in its strategy to deliver SASE is making its Threat Defense cloud services interoperable with its Exchange SD-WAN offering.
Cradlepoint’s George Mulhern
“We can now deliver a comprehensive SD-WAN and SASE solution for wireless WAN and private cellular networking, leveraging 5G while addressing the wireline needs of enterprise customers,” said George Mulhern, CEO of Cradlepoint and senior vice president of Ericsson’s enterprise wireless solutions group.
Ericom CEO David Canellos said Ericom’s security service edge (SSE) and zero-trust capabilities will pair well with Cradlepoint’s enterprise networking chops.
Ericom’s David Canellos
“The acquisition enhances our ability to meet the cybersecurity needs of global enterprises as they accelerate their rapid adoption of 5G technologies. We look forward to this exciting new chapter and its opportunities,” Canellos said.
Will Townsend, vice president and principal analyst of networking and security at Moor Insights & Strategy, said businesses looking for a “5G-centric deployment” approach will find the combined provider attractive. Cradlepoint positions its portfolios as for both hybrid 5G and wireline environments.
Moor Insights & Strategy’s Will Townsend
“Networking and security are rapidly merging within the enterprise, and the cloud is increasingly leveraged as the preferred SASE delivery mechanism,” Townsend said.
Ericom in 2020 added multiple distributors, including Tech Data and Arrow Electronics, to its partner program. It also added many resellers, including Optiv Security and Red River.
The 2020 program refresh put the focus on Ericom’s zero-trust portfolio. For example, it adding training, support and incentives for offerings like its remote browser isolation service.
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Today Ericom lists its U.S. distributor as TD Synnex on its partner locator. It works with many other distributors in other countries.
Cradlepoint last month introduced a global MSP program.
The company in its January annual report said it was introducing near-term capital allocation priorities targeting “9-12% free cash flow before M&A over net sales.” Moreover, the company stated that it would prioritize “organic and inorganic investments to support strategy execution and ensure technology and market leadership.”
“As the company is fully focused on delivering the Vonage and Cradlepoint acquisitions, M&A will be limited to bolt-on acquisitions with attractive returns and clear strategic fit,” Ericsson stated in its report.
The company also stated that wireless solutions played a key role in increasing its enterprise sales by 15% last year.
Ericom launched in 1993.
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