Today’s networks demand flexible services to accompany efforts to secure any user accessing any service from on any device from any location.
The fast acceptance of cloud computing and the shift to remote work has irrevocably altered how businesses operate. Organizations have had to construct extremely dynamic and adaptable hybrid networks as they begin to draw people back to the office using a hybrid work paradigm. The proliferation of devices and individuals working from anywhere as a result of these recent changes has increased the digital attack surface and exposed more data, apps, devices, and users to risk.
Maintaining security requires an understanding of and control over data, apps, and traffic moving across these disparate settings. However, as hybrid and multi-cloud systems adopt new technologies such as zero-trust network access (ZTNA), zero-trust access (ZTA), and secure SD-WAN, which merge cloud, physical, and endpoint devices into a single solution, this gets more challenging. When regulations for identity and access management (IAM) and a variety of solutions for protecting apps and platforms are added to the mix, things get even more complicated.
However, although the capacity to construct dynamic settings has advanced rapidly, security services have are lagging. Organizations use security services to manage licenses, maintain solutions up to date with real-time threat information, latest product updates and ensure that their configurations and policies are in line with critical compliance regulations and standards. However, the majority of security services are still in silos. As a result, many businesses are now struggling to manage the complex array of rigid siloed solutions they have in place, as well as the various licensing models they use.
A device, user, or application in today’s networks could be located anywhere. This shifts the networking paradigm away from location and toward who or what requires access to which resource, regardless of where they are located. The use of resources is fluid, and it can shift between the cloud, physical, and end-user edges at any time.
Because advanced security use cases like ZTNA and SASE are a combination of appliance-based, device-based, and cloud-based licenses, CISOs are having difficulty accurately forecasting spending. Because traditional licensing arrangements do not fit, pricing such solutions can be difficult. They necessitate custom quotes since they cross typical service silos, making comparisons nearly impossible. And the difficulties multiply when an organization’s budget and security requirements alter owing to mixed structures and end dates, necessitating the addition or reduction of security capabilities.
This is because legacy service models were never intended to support devices and solutions that need to adapt quickly to changing business needs. Networks, users and apps can’t adapt to things like hybrid workers, shifting connectivity requirements or applications that need to migrate between on-premises data centres and cloud environments because of inflexible services. Instead, businesses require services that follow users, applications, and data in real time across any environment or form factor. This method would allow them to create and use dynamic environments without having to worry about how many licenses they will need for the many technologies, solutions and edges they will be using.
New advanced services should be able to handle a wide range of use cases on the fly, regardless of where applications, data, or users are located—especially as resources move between virtual and physical environments and form factors. Flexible licensing models and services will enable enterprises to swiftly adopt new technologies like as SD-WAN, ZTNA, and SASE, which are built for distributed solutions and highly dynamic networks.
With simpler consumption and standardized licensing models for any use case or form factor, unified services need to secure the company across any endpoint, network, or cloud. Advanced services tailored to the way businesses run will allow them to operate as they see fit, taking advantage of the flexibility that such environments provide while remaining confident that their hybrid networks and users are always secure because their services and licenses can adapt with the network
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