This article first appeared in Network Computing, a partner publication.
Today’s networks, and the people and things that access them, are more distributed than ever. This increasingly distributed network approach enables people to work from anywhere: from branch offices, from home, from vehicles, and countless other locations. But for companies to be as agile and adaptive as they need to be, application availability and user experience need to be consistent. And at the same time, these users and various end-user and IoT devices also need to connect seamlessly and securely to those resources.
From a security perspective, however, the net result of this massive expansion and distribution of users and resources is that the network perimeter across the entire infrastructure has splintered. This situation has made applying consistent enterprise-grade protections and policy enforcement, and maintaining broad visibility and control almost impossible using traditional security solutions. Although the need for cloud-delivered security for remote users has received the most notice because of the quick shift to working from home, consistent security everywhere is the key.
Keeping Up with Changes
Today’s networks are designed to be highly agile to accommodate the needs of today’s distributed and mobile workforce, but most traditional point-product security solutions are not. So, a dynamic network environment may leave critical resources and data unprotected while legacy security solutions – without a platform approach to provide consistent, end-to-end protection – struggle to keep up with expanding infrastructures and shifting resources.
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Nirav Shah is vice president of products and solutions at Fortinet.