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OPAQ: Delivering a New Network Security-as-a-Service Option for the Mid-Market

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

When it comes to network security, mid-market organizations are in a tough spot. They have many (if not all) of the same security challenges of their large enterprise counterparts. Because of their more limited scale, however, those mid-market organizations have fewer financial and human capital resources with which to respond to the challenges facing them.

That has left most mid-market organizations with only two choices: handle security themselves using on-premises solutions or rely on Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) to provide security for them. Neither option is ideal. Organizations who attempt to handle security themselves, struggle to keep up with the constant stream of ever-evolving and ever-escalating threats. Using MSSPs, on the other hand, provides more reliable security, but comes at both a high cost and with a loss of control.

OPAQ, a new network security-as-a-service provider, launched in January of this year with what it believes is a better solution for the mid-market. Operating a global network of Security Points of Preference (sPOPs), the company routes all client network traffic through its service to secure it. Their real aim is to give control of security back to their clients by eliminating what they call the “complexity problem.” They believe this will deliver a more controlled, more flexible and yet simpler approach to security for the mid-market.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at pr@intellyx.com.

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).