Cloudflare had 16 patents in cybersecurity during Q1 2024. Cloudflare Inc’s patents filed in Q1 2024 focus on identity-based policy enforcement for traffic originating from computing devices using mobile data connections, external evaluation for accessing third-party applications, and cross-customer traffic transmission policies within a distributed cloud computing network. These innovations aim to enhance security and efficiency in managing network traffic and access control. GlobalData’s report on Cloudflare gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Cloudflare grant share with cybersecurity as a theme is 75% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Recent Patents

Application: Identity-based policy enforcement for sim devices (Patent ID: US20240107294A1)

Cloudflare Inc. has filed a patent for a method that involves receiving traffic at a distributed cloud computing network from a computing device using a mobile data connection, with the traffic being associated with a SIM identifier. The method determines an identity for identity-based policy enforcement based on the SIM identifier and enforces identity-based policies applicable to the received traffic. The patent also covers determining and enforcing policies for DNS queries, access to private applications, and IP traffic based on the identified identity, ensuring secure and controlled data transmission.

The patent further details the operations performed by a server equipped with a non-transitory machine-readable storage medium and a processor to enforce identity-based policies for DNS queries, private application access, and IP traffic originating from computing devices using mobile data connections. The server determines relevant policies based on the identified identity and ensures that only authorized traffic is transmitted to its destination. Additionally, the patent includes provisions for resolving DNS queries, blocking unauthorized access to private applications, and controlling the transmission of HTTP traffic based on the determined identity. Overall, the patent outlines a comprehensive method and system for enforcing identity-based policies in a distributed cloud computing network to enhance security and data protection.

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