Our annual Siouxland Cybersecurity Forum brings together global leaders in Cybersecurity to discuss pressing concerns around networking, response and recovery, testing and more. At this year’s event, Michael Kedik, our Vice President of Product Management, discussed the new landscape of secure wide area networking and its potential to advance security in the face of growing threats.
Here are the highlights of the compelling information he shared.
Today, business needs are changing at lightning speed, and that demands a network that can change just as quickly. Over the past 15 years, organizations have seen:
The need to keep our networks secure hasn’t changed, but our approach to security has. In the early 2000s, WAN used a hub and spoke model. Servers were hosted at a central office, and branches were connected by MPLS or frame relay. Email and the internet were a separate entity, used for email, browsing, research and not much more, and the internet was limited to just three million websites.
Over time, this model has become less and less manageable. Adding a DR site helps, but it has its limitations. Organizations moved over to internet-based collaborative tools and social media, and your branches may have moved to a VPN rather than MPLS. As the cloud emerged, organizations moved resources there, but the costs and security vulnerabilities of MPLS have become abundantly clear.
The old approach of centralized access and control is limited and expensive. Is your WAN built for today’s needs? Here are six areas for consideration:
Where does your organization stack up? Today’s secure WAN technology is flexible and easy to manage. It’s also secure, which is a top-of-mind concern for financial institutions. To learn more, download our data security guide or contact us to learn more about the new landscape of secure wide area networking.