Netskope this week acquired digital experience monitoring firm Kadiska in a move that the SASE provider says will expand Netskope\u2019s DEM capabilities for networking and infrastructure professionals who need greater visibility across their SD-WAN, secure service edge, and cloud environments.\n\u201cThe founding vision of Kadiska matches uncannily well with the Netskope platform vision. Both technologies have been built to recognize the new world where data, users, cloud infrastructure, and applications are all dispersed, leaving blind spots and challenges for organizations seeking to control and optimize experience and security,\u201d said Sanjay Beri, CEO and co-founder of Netskope said in a statement. \u201cWe already share some very large global customers and seeing the appetite for integration\u2014bringing together the capabilities of both companies\u2014really proved to use the rationale for this acquisition.\u201d\nFrance-based Kadiska, founded in 2020, delivers DEM technology that provides visibility into the end-user experience across SaaS and cloud applications. The Santa Clara-based Netskope plans to integrate Kadiska technologies into its Netskope Proactive DEM offering. Kadiska\u2019s real-user experience and end-to-end connectivity monitoring capabilities, which are complementary to Netskope\u2019s existing DEM tools, extend to monitoring browsers, mobile devices, web and cloud applications, as well as public and cloud networks.\nNetskope says the monitoring technology will also augment its secure access service edge (SASE) platform to enable customers to deliver secure, reliable digital experiences across complex hybrid cloud environments.\u00a0Coined by Gartner in 2019, SASE refers to a network architecture that combines SD-WAN with a suite of security services\u2014which can include encryption, multifactor authentication, data leak prevention, firewall-as-a-service (FWaaS), secure Web gateway (SWG), and zero trust network access (ZTNA)\u2014into a unified cloud service.\n\u201cEnterprises want to create the best, secure experiences for their hybrid work environments. Netskope has been striving to deliver on this experience with its SASE Platform built on NewEdge infrastructure and manage it with Netskope Proactive DEM,\u201d says Naveen Palavalli, vice president of product strategy at Netskope. \u201cThe addition of Kadiska to this vision will greatly enhance and accelerate our capabilities. This new set of capabilities is a major differentiator for us.\u201d\nThe acquisition furthers Netskope\u2019s efforts to provide an all-in-one SASE platform for customers. According to Gartner, by 2025 one-third of new SASE deployments will be based on a single-vendor SASE offering, up from 10% in 2022. Also, by 2025, 80% of enterprises will have adopted a strategy to unify web, cloud services, and private application access using a SASE\/security service edge (SSE) architecture, up from 20% in 2020, Gartner says.\n\u201cWhat is needed is an identity-aware and context-aware network and security access fabric that connects users, devices, and locations everywhere to the enterprise\u2019s digital resources anywhere,\u201d reads the Gartner report, Market Guide for Single-Vendor SASE. \u201cDelivering this anywhere, anytime access to any user, device, or location requires a cloud-centric SASE capability.\u201d\nBecoming a single-vendor SASE provider is driving security vendors to acquire network monitoring capabilities and networking vendors to acquire more security capabilities. According to a recent IDC survey, 68% of 830 respondents said they would like to use the same vendor for their SD-WAN and security\/SASE solution.\n\u201cKadiska\u2019s capabilities also support the needs that go beyond security personnel. They\u2019re really geared toward supporting networking and infrastructure personnel because the firm offers network visualization capabilities to map packet flows and workflows,\u201d Palavalli says. \u201cIt makes it more seamless for these sets of stakeholders to have a bigger participatory role in their organizations\u2019 SASE implementations.\u201d\nThe exact timing of the product integration is yet to be determined. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.