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Netskope Expands Patent Portfolio, Highlighting Continued Sase Leadership and Innovation in Data Protection

Netskope Expands Patent Portfolio, Highlighting Continued Sase Leadership and Innovation in Data Protection

Netskope, the SASE leader, announced newly-issued patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, expanding its global patent portfolio to more than 40 patents, with more than 50 additional patents pending for Netskope inventors as of today.

Ongoing Netskope scans show that at least 20% of traffic moving among enterprise web and cloud applications is images. Images are ripe for data exfiltration in the form of screenshots and other sensitive information captures, but they represent a security need in which legacy data loss prevention (DLP) solutions are limited, and in many cases, completely blind.

Netskope innovations include unprecedented AI/ML-driven capabilities related to DLP and specifically addressing image content formats such as JPEG, PNG, and GIF. Among other benefits, these inventions support organizations tackling regulatory compliance needs such as GDPR, CCPA, and many others, and that need to tightly manage how data is accessed and secured.

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Recently awarded Netskope patents include:

  • Data loss prevention (DLP) policy enforcement based on object metadata (Patent No. 10,979,458), including the enforcement of multi-part policies on data-deficient transactions of independent data stores.
  • Detecting screenshot images for protecting against loss of sensitive screenshot-borne data (Patent No. 10,949,961), ensuring that sensitive data captured in screenshots of static screen images and video is immediately identified.
  • Detecting image-borne identification documents for protecting sensitive information (Patent No. 10,990,856), which covers the process of training machine learning models to identify identification images such as passport, driver’s license, and SSN pictures.
  • Client software connection inspection and access control (Patent No. 11,019,031), in which a third-party app on the end-user device is modified to allow certain sites and services to be mediated in a mid-link server, enabling a controlled and contained environment.
  • Remotely accessed controlled contained environment (Patent No. 11,019,106), in which client devices can communicate with remote software environments that securely run applications, enabling policy controls both for client devices and the remote software environments.
  • Middleware security layer for cloud computing services (Patent No. 11,019,101), combining active analysis of access requests for independent object stores with inspection of objects in those independent object stores

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“We are very proud of these inventions, including how Netskope is uniquely able to perform sophisticated processing in real-time, without compromising user experience,” said Krishna Narayanswamy, CTO and co-founder, Netskope. “At Netskope, we help enterprises and governments meet the security and networking needs of today and tomorrow. Our teams ensure that the best of our inventions support our customers on their digital transformation journeys, including cloud-first, SASE-ready architecture, and an emphasis on protecting data wherever and however it is accessed.”

Netskope patents include inventions related to cloud security, AI/ML, data protection, and many other innovations intended to prepare all organizations for a cloud-first, SASE-centric future. No other company combines next-generation secure web gateway (SWG) capabilities, Zero Trust principles, advanced machine learning to detect unauthorized data exfiltration, and advanced threat protection—all delivered in a true, cloud-based platform atop NewEdge, the world’s largest, most performant, security private clouds.

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