To reliably ensure continued network security, IT professionals know the importance of complete visibility, and governance of all connected devices. A single vulnerability or just one device with unrestricted access can be enough for a hacker to find their way into your network.
Let’s face it, the majority of your employees prefer Apple products such as iPhone, iPad and Macs over other alternatives. In fact, a 2019 survey showed that 97 percent of Mac users are more productive after switching from Windows. Because Apple allows users to personalize their devices so extensively, their devices become an extension of who they are. Apple products also help stimulate creativity and encourage collaboration amongst team members. As a result, enterprise users are embracing Apple products everywhere, creating cohesive ecosystems that are increasing levels of productivity for their organizations.
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.
Applications are the backbone of business-critical operations, and their use is increasing at an almost exponential rate – especially among distributed enterprises with multiple remote offices. To support this, many are switching from performance-inhibited wide-area networks (WANs) to software-defined wide-area-network (SD-WAN) architectures.
We could probably list 80 things to know about Cisco DNA Center, but for the sake of brevity, we will keep it to single digits. We say this because there is so much to this all-inclusive network management platform. This solution is the next step in network evolution. Its singular yet expansive platform includes a variety of tools that integrate with so many network functions and technologies. Some of these include network management, automation, virtualization, analytics, assurance, security, compliance and IoT connectivity. Cisco DNA Center is at the epicenter of Cisco Digital Network Architecture, which is Cisco’s architectural blueprint for today’s expansive enterprise networks. Regardless of the complexity of your hybrid architectures that incorporate multiple campuses, remotes branch and cloud architectures, Cisco DNA Center can help simplify it.
The definition of network firewalls has changed. As an increasing number of businesses move toward hybrid networks and begin seeking firewall capabilities in the cloud, cloud vendors are also offering native firewall capabilities to their clients. This year Gartner revised their description of the firewall market to include firewalls with the following features:
It is hard to say when it happened, but everything has gone digital. We have a digital economy today that involves digital products and services. In order to take advantage of newly found digital opportunities within the digital space, companies are undergoing digital transformations. In order to compete in an environment of perpetual digital change, companies are creating digital strategies that incorporate digital technologies that will allow them to better compete in the digital marketplace.
One of the natural traits of people is to long for the “good old days.” It is that magical era we tend to memorialize as a time when things were simpler and uncomplicated. That is certainly true of network security. Remember when all you had to do was simply protect your network perimeter? Can you even define what your network perimeter is anymore? It’s not so easy to answer that question today.
The transition by enterprises to cloud-based services is changing, at a fundamental level, the way branch wide area networks (WAN) are being architected. As end-users, IoT and BYOD devices are accessing internet-based applications, companies are seeking better ways to improve end-user experience and IT operations.