Many organizations still use a traditional hub-and-spoke architecture to connect offices to the data center for application access. However, with users working remotely and applications distributed across multiple clouds and the need for cloud application access, older network architectures can reduce productivity.
The edges of the network are no longer a branch or a campus. The edge can be at home, in a car, in a motel room, or in a coffee shop. No matter where users are, they need fast, secure, and reliable connections. To meet user needs, networking and security must converge. The pandemic caused more users to work from home, acting as “a branch of oneand led to an increased focus on security at the edge of the network. But for people to work productively, security must work seamlessly with connectivity to ensure fast and secure access to applications over rapidly changing connections.
Convergence of networks and security
Security cannot be attached to the network as an afterthought. When security solutions are not well integrated with each other or with the underlying network, risks and security gaps arise as the attack surface expands and adapts. These blind spots are vulnerable to sophisticated multi-step attacks and are partly responsible for a dramatic increase in successful ransomware attacks. Organizations should look for solutions with integrated SD-WAN, 5G, LAN, and WLAN security.
With a security-driven network strategy, network and security work as a unified solution to deliver consistent and reliable connections from anywhere on the network. This type of unified security framework provides automated security that spans the entire attack surface. Yes SD WANaccess points or switches, or Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), security is applied consistently everywhere, regardless of WAN transport, such as broadband, satellite, LTE/4G/5G, or MPLS, so that policies can follow users and applications.
As organizations embrace hybrid working, they need to extend security to employees no matter where they are. The work-from-anywhere (WFA) model introduces security risks, so it’s critical that organizations provide enterprise-grade security everywhere users may be working, whether at home, in the office, or on the road. . To support WFA, network perimeters are created both on-premises and in the cloud, protecting employees as they move between the office, home, coffee shop, airports, and everywhere in between.
Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) it is a key element of WFA because it ensures access to applications and continuous verification of users and devices, taking remote access to the next level with security that goes beyond the network. It supports WFA by providing consistent security and offering the same user experience no matter where an employee is working. Users have the same security policies, controls, and checks applied before they are granted access.
For the user, the experience of using ZTNA is consistent and seamless. It doesn’t slow them down and it works the same way everywhere. A secure, encrypted tunnel is automatically created when they launch an application and verify their identity. Organizations with hybrid networks need ZTNA solutions that are compatible both on premises and in the cloud, so that security is applied consistently everywhere.
Consolidation to reduce complexity
Network complexity is another potential issue that affects the user experience. The exponential growth of network edges, cloud platforms, and tools increases operational complexity and leads to poor visibility and security breaches. When IT staff can’t tell what’s going on, network users are inevitably affected, reducing productivity across the organization.
Network complexity increases the time it takes to configure, manage, and troubleshoot. It also increases the probability of errors that can cause network outages and reduce flexibility. Traditional network performance monitoring, IT infrastructure monitoring, and application performance monitoring do not provide enough visibility or insight into the performance of critical business applications.
By consolidating solutions and reducing the number of vendors, organizations can gain better visibility with centralized, automated management that covers the entire network and security stack. Reducing the amount of manual configuration also reduces downtime and security breaches.
With a modern digital experience monitoring platform, it is possible to observe any application, from the end user, through any network, and to the infrastructure on which the application is hosted. It can also provide information for incident management and help staff troubleshoot performance issues.
Improve productivity through consolidation and simplification
Organizations that adopt modern networking technologies with built-in security and simplified operations see a return on their investment in the form of improved employee productivity. A cybersecurity mesh architecture can help organizations reduce complexity and improve security. A mesh architecture like the Fortinet Security Fabric puts security everywhere it’s needed, with consistent policy and automation, deep visibility across all your deployments, whether on the network or in the cloud, and the ability to interoperate with a broad ecosystem. network and security solutions. The Security Fabric protects the three key areas found in all networks. Control who and what can connect to the network through Zero Trust Access. And it protects the converged physical network through security-driven networking and the virtual extension of the network in the public cloud with adaptive cloud security.
Find out how the Fortinet Security Fabric The platform offers broad, integrated and automated protection across an organization’s digital attack surface. to provide consistent security across networks, endpoints, and clouds.
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