Today’s security landscape looks nothing like it did even just 18 months ago. Successful attacks against leading brands have come to light and the methods employed by those attacks are astonishing. As industry defenses have increased, so has the sophistication in which attackers are using to defeat them. Unfortunately, there’s been another increase as well – an increase in the security gaps created by disjointed point products, lack of security expertise and the sheer volume of attacks being deflected. With all of this, is there such a thing as zero-grap protection?
The threats organizations face today are relentless. Attacks are more sophisticated, however not every organization has the resources to match these attacks. Making this challenge worse, the network perimeter has been replaced with an interconnected set of systems and ‘common-use’ networks, making it nearly impossible to identify where the network’s edge lies.
Despite best efforts to secure and maintain trust on perimeter-less networks, security is very difficult to maintain across these systems, nor can it be guaranteed considering the various types of devices accessing information at any given time (The Internet of Things will be a hot topic on this blog in the near future). It’s a gap that exists for almost any sized organization.
This all contributes to the increased complexity and expense of being able to assure an acceptable level of business risk – costs that the typical small to medium enterprise is unable to bear.
You Don’t Want a Virtual Security Network in South Africa; You Need a Virtual Security Network in South Africa
Here’s a scenario that is pretty common in today’s ‘always on’ world; an employee goes on a business trip to meet with a distributor or vendor in another country. They’re traveling with sensitive information on their work laptop, as we all do. If we were left with the traditional security architecture, we’d hope that their host-based antivirus product was up to date as they accessed their email and web traffic from hotels, airports, or worse, an Internet café.
Without a global network of secured internet access points, this customer would be left unprotected, regardless of what defenses exist back at corporate. This is a solid example of the need to be able to serve globally, even while selling locally. No one thinks they’ll need a robust network of secure internet access while travelling for work, until they’ve been breached while doing so.
We recently hosted a webcast on this very subject – Minding the Security Gaps with Zero-Gap Protection™ - where our Director of Product Management, Mark Parker, discusses the most common challenges – the gaps – that occur every day in the corporate setting, as well as some best practices on how to tighten up your defenses and close out those gaps. The Zero-Gap position isn’t fiction, but it does require a different approach from your traditional legacy security products.
Let us know what you think. What security gaps are you most concerned with?
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