In today’s ear that’s defined by mobility and the cloud, the traditional perimeter based security is no longer enough. Firewalls are not sufficient either when it comes to protecting the information of a company. That’s where zero trust comes in.
Data moves around a lot and it’s possible to be going back and forth to the cloud because it is going to be within your walls. That’s why companies are concentrating on multipronged methods to defend themselves against cyberattacks that come from various vectors.
If you consider the appropriate security architecture and methods to protect data, many of it just comes down to executing the basics appropriately, restricting access to only the ones that need it most, putting extra protection on the most confidential data, and ensuring that you know who is accessing what.
Security managers, unfortunately, continue to grapple with the complexity that comes from cobbling various cyber defence methods for network security. SOCs always scramble to stay on top of the alerts that streams across the consoles from various technologies.
Such solutions have to be combined and make sure that they work well with each other. Otherwise, there’s no way for the modern SOC manager to prevent the coming of silos while keeping themselves sane.
Zero trust network can help you with your company’s network security problems. It is an architectural and conceptual model that governs how security teams have to redesign their network. The zero trust model promotes a more holistic method to data security and adds more focus on the technologies and processes. The objective is to create secure micro perimeters, stronger data security through obfuscation methods, limiting the risks linked with too much user access and privileges, and enhanced security detection as well as response with automation and analytics.
It involves looking for cybersecurity solutions with certified integrations and automated orchestration abilities that will lower the operation problems on your team. You require tools that will inform one another without the need for human intervention that could detect threats correctly across the whole environment including all of the devices, the cloud, and your network.
Zero trust will give full breadth of services and products across cloud, network, and endpoint, needed to protect business from the kinds of advanced threats that are targeting them daily. And when threats are determined, orchestration abilities will simplify the task of responding them on all linked devices including mobile. This type of platform could either prevent a breach well before it takes place, or at the very least, identify it quickly and set in place the appropriate mitigation steps.
It aligns with the reality that data could be everywhere. Apart from the conventional data center and network, it could be in the cloud SaaS apps, Azuer, mobile devices, and even both personal and corporate, and thumbdrives.
Given the stringent compliance requirements especially after the pass of GDPR in Europe, platforms offer significant help here if to comes to enforcing identity, securing data, and access controls on network and devices, segmenting workloads and networks.
Today’s enterprises are dealing with constant change affecting different parts of their business. And far too often, the various solutions to these new realities do not align. This is especially true of business goals and cybersecurity policy. Traditionally, as your customers have maneuvered simultaneously to address rapidly changing business and consumer demands along with security threats, a compromise was made at the expense of cybersecurity.
However, as new threats evolve with enormous consequences for the bottom line, board members and C-level executives are shifting their focus to recognize the critical role network security must play in business, but without impacting either profitability and accessibility.
Competing Business Trends Facing Your Customers
This is easier said than done, as your customers need to be able to address several competing trends with a single solution. Speed, profitability, and business growth often appear to be at odds with compliance and security. However, for your customers to be successful, each of these trends must be addressed without hindering another.
Profit is the main objective of each business unit, and today it is increasingly achieved through speed, either in terms of responding to customer needs, managing inventory and production, or delivering critical services. This is why trends such as digital transformation and agile development exist. The consumers your customers serve expect instant accessibility and information.
If the profitability opportunity is met, the next challenge that your customers’ will face will be growth. In today’s digital business environment, this means that the infrastructure they have in place must be both scalable and elastic. Otherwise, growth and speed will be hindered, ultimately impacting both profitability and viability. To achieve this, infrastructures are being reworked to handle the increased traffic every couple of months, often through a combination of new technologies such as IoT, cloud-based infrastructure or services, and expanded data center resources and throughput.
With new, sophisticated cyberattacks targeting businesses of all verticals, especially targeting the constantly expanding attack surface, the nature of the security infrastructure cannot be ignored. A successful data breach can cause severe reputational damage; ransomware and DDoS attacks can knock organizations offline; and sensitive customer can be stolen, resulting in severe liabilities. Any of these will impact the bottom line. As a result, your customers need security solutions that enable growth and profitability, while securing their network and data. They just may not know where to look.
As your customers leverage new tools, such as connected devices and applications, they are collecting more consumer data than ever. As a result, a number of regulating bodies across the world have begun imposing strict new standards for data storage and protection. To avoid the fines and penalties that accompany non-compliance, your customers need security controls that ensure they meet these standards.
Security and Velocity
For security and compliance, the easiest solution would be to decrease network accessibility. However, this would be at direct odds with their business goals and needs. Network accessibility is integral to digital transformation efforts and employee efficiency. Similarly, security has often been seen by business units to be a hindrance to innovation. Part of the reason is that IT support teams typically add one-off isolated point solutions to the network to address the ‘threat of the day.’ However, the lack of communication between these devices can result in decreased network accessibility and visibility, as well as security efficiency, ultimately compromising performance. Ath the same time, however, C-level executives increasingly acknowledge the importance of mitigating data breaches and remaining compliant.
As a result, a recent study found that 43 percent of cybersecurity professionals agree that aligning the goals of the IT teams with those of business units is the most beneficial investment organizations can make. With Fortinet, it is now possible for your customers to align these four conflicting goals using an integrated Security Fabric approach to achieve both security and velocity without compromise either one.
The Security Fabric is an architectural approach to cybersecurity that provides comprehensive network protection without inhibiting business operations.
The Security Fabric allows your customers to deploy leading security solutions across their distributed environments that are also designed to communicate with one another in order to detect, prevent, and respond to threats in a coordinated fashion, regardless of where they occur. This broad network of solutions extends from the network perimeter, with next-generation firewalls and endpoint protection, into the cloud, with application security, CASBs, and more, and deep into the core of the network through dynamic network segmentation and powerful data center security technologies. Each device that makes up the Fabric is also regularly updated with the latest threat intelligence from FortiGuard labs, ensuring an automatic response the moment a threat or threat trend is detected. This comprehensive, intelligent security approach enables the network accessibility organizations need, and at the speeds they require, allowing genuine requests to pass through uninterrupted while stopping those that are suspicious.
The Security Fabric is also highly scalable. This means that as your customers’ business and networks grow, their cybersecurity policies and protocols will grow with it. Additionally, the Fabric is designed to evolve alongside emerging networking trends. So as new approaches such as intent-based networking gain traction across your customers’ organizations, the Fabric promises to deliver intent-based security to complement and protect those advanced network architectures.
Your customers need to be able to provide a seamless experience to their users, while meeting compliance standards and securing their network from data breaches through effective cybersecurity practices and zero trust network. While many of today’s traditional security solutions do not provide the flexibility and performance to meet these conflicting goals, the Fortinet Security Fabric offers intelligent and comprehensive security that allows for unprecedented growth, speed, profitability, and compliance.
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Think about the regular network architecture of any organization. It’s typically a disorderly array of network connections going in every direction between different infrastructure devices on a legacy flat network. Each time the infrastructure needs a change, you should breathe deeply and open the network diagram, hoping that you could wedge the new requirements into this complicated environment. The cost and time to manage this network infrastructure appears to increase yearly. To deal with this dilemma, IT leaders turn to zero trust security and software defined technology. They are eager to make the most out of the simplicity as well as the cost savings but careful about the security implications.
Understanding Zero Trust Security
This new method of offering security for the company is built on the model of zero trust. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) said that a zero trust model will allow IT support experts to cease trusting packets like they were individuals and get rid of the concept of a trusted network as well as an untrusted network. When it comes to a zero trust network, all the network traffic will be untrusted.
That means, this new method involves authenticating first and providing access to the network next. It will be hard to carry out this method at scale for many different reasons.
The best place to begin on this zero trust security journey will be the wide area network or the WAN. According to the IDC, worldwide revenues will go up over the years. As you can see, the shift to the SD-WAN has created a lot of excitement. But, many IT support professionals are still not sure how to secure this kind of network. Let us begin with a few of the most common problem points and discuss how IT expert can deal with them by executing a secure SD-WAN.
Network Connectivity and Security
Among the most pressing and obvious benefits of SD-WAN is enhanced network security.
An SD-WAN could also help enterprises lower the cost of network connectivity by routing the company network traffic securely over public internet, getting rid of the need to pay for the costly private multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) circuits.
SD-WAN can help optimize your application and network performance by doing the following: