As software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications rise in popularity and enterprises continue to embrace digital transformation initiatives, it’s critical these applications are available at any time, from any location, and from any device. IT must also guarantee consistent network performance and superior experiences to employees and customers, while ensuring security over a rapidly expanding attack surface.
Enterprises in every industry have found that, in order to stay competitive, they must embrace the new digital economy and adapt their IT environment to match. As a part of these digital transformations, IT teams must upgrade their security solutions to keep ahead of cybercriminals who are eager to take advantage of any security weaknesses that come about as a result of new technology integrations.
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(SaaS) and other tools with increased traffic demands, many IT teams are now in the process of replacing outdated WAN infrastructures that can’t keep up with modern requirements.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).
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.
The recent COVID-19 crisis is a prime example of why contingency plans are so critical in a world that seems increasingly vulnerable to disrupting events. It also shows just how little time you may have to implement a plan. In a world today that operates at the speed of digital on a normal day, even the best laid plans are hard to implement when everything is trending all at once. As Mike Tyson said, “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”
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.
Working to keep up with the speed of business, especially on a global scale, has companies reconsidering how they operate – and digital transformation is at the top of their minds. But despite its wide-ranging advantages, digital transformation also comes with additional risks, and increases the complexity of an already-complex security architecture.
Digital transformation is becoming an increasingly popular course of action for enterprises trying to keep pace with emerging market trends, fluctuating customer demands, and increased competition. But traditional network architectures weren’t built to handle the types of workloads, and complexities, that arise as a result. Even worse, in an attempt to take on the work these architectures – post-digital transformation – can actually compromise business-critical services and network performance.
Keeping up with IT innovation is a never-ending race, with the finish line constantly being pushed further and further ahead. The majority of recent exciting technologies have centered on transforming the data center into a flexible environment to provide limitless agility to the enterprise. While many focus on a data center-centric approach to digital transformation, optimizing the wide area network (WAN) may be the better method.
As enterprises continue to invest in virtualization, keeping a data center – and the data and applications they store – secure is the cornerstone of success. There are two security concerns that are quickly becoming the most prominent, and Fortinet has answers to them both.