As a result of advances in digital technologies, such as software-as-a-service (SaaS) and other tools with increased traffic demands, many IT teams are now in the process of replacing outdated WAN infrastructures that can’t keep up with modern requirements. The latest solution is software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN).
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With the broad adoption of cloud services and the acceptance of public clouds for use within the enterprise, routing network traffic through a central location is no longer an option. Instead, in order to improve end-user experience and minimize latency, enterprises are providing internet access from the branch and enabling direct user connectivity through SD-Branch.
Cyber threats are not new just because more people are working from home. Attacks on your network happen every day, and did long before the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are learning a lot about risk these days. The medical industry is combating one of the greatest health threats of the modern era. Then there are the economic and financial risks that businesses and their employees are facing in a world of uncertainty. Lost in all of this, is the continual barrage of threats within the IT digital world that nearly everyone belongs to. The world currently undergoes 720 million hack attempts and more than 350,000 new malware strains are created every day. It is no wonder we call it a zero-trust world today.
As enterprises increasingly incorporate remote working into their operations, providing the necessary infrastructure capable of supporting secure, remote connectivity to corporate networks is paramount for continued productivity.
If you’re like most companies, your remote work program until now made up a subsection or possibly a small part of your work force and operations. Some positions were ideally suited for it such as project managers or specialized tech support that are out and about remotely working. For most staff members, remote work was limited to short windows such as an occasional snow day or a family matter that forced them home for one reason or another. Some companies recently have allowed employees to work from home one day a week as a perk or incentive to improve company retention rates.
Sophisticated business models require networking solutions that offer high-performance without increased complexity. As the need for interconnectivity across all sections of business continues to rise, enterprises are increasingly turning to secure SD-WAN for their networking needs.
When it comes to upper level executives and their IT security teams, there seems to be a disconnect when it comes to the level of support IT needs to protect the enterprise. In order to better prevent a security breach from is happening, it’s important that the C-level executives are aware and on the same page with your enterprise security team. Only 12% of C-suite executives expect a major, successful attack on their organization in the next 90 days. In addition, two out of five CEOs, other C-level executives, and non-executive directors feel they are not responsible for the repercussions of a cyber-attack. Any breach that is caused by the void between these important roles has serious costs associated with them.
Picture the following. You are lying in the intensive care unit of an area hospital having just gone through the ordeal of major open-heart surgery. The IC medical staff is depending on medical IoT devices to monitor you. Question, do you feel better having your collected data make the journey across the Internet for analysis at a distant cloud location, or analyzed in near instant fashion at the hospital itself where the medical staff is?
The concept of intent-based networking is indeed an evolutionary leap in how we design, manage and maintain the enterprise networks of today. Gartner a while back actually coined the phrase of IBN. Rather than relying on manual intervention, intent-based networking incorporates AI and machine learning to automate administrative tasks and functions.