To ensure efficient and secure network access as the business evolves is not easy. Business leaders are working to defend against the ever-rising tide of cyber-attacks amid a constantly changing perimeter. Proactively updating and integrating technology and ensuring tight IT and security collaboration seems simple. However, it is not always true, especially for organizations with limited resources.
According to the “Cisco Security Outcomes Study,” to improve its security, the most important two things an organization can do are proactively refresh technology and make sure the technology is well-integrated. Hackers need only one gap to infiltrate any organization. Employees unintentionally create serious gaps whenever they work with various disjointed products from different vendors. The same is for outdated technology. If the enterprise technologies are not updated, it can face risks from any cyber threats.
The study also revealed that collaboration between IT and security could also work as another defense success factor. CIOs need to know their networking and IT teams’ work culture, and these teams should be familiar with the organization’s security plan.
Companies with limited resources can adopt a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) to avert any severe ransomware incident. The recent ‘Future of Technology” report by Cisco found that 86% of respondents during the survey are either considering, planning to adopt, or have already adopted SASE solutions.
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Embracing SASE to create a Stronger Security environment
SASE is an evolving architecture with multiple security capabilities that combines a software-defined vast area network (SD-WAN) and delivers them through a single, integrated cloud service. SASE operates closer to the end-user and endpoints to better accommodate today’s more distributed workforce.
It is undoubtedly true that SASE is in its nascent stages. However, its benefits cannot be overlooked. By taking a step towards creating a SASE-proof security system in the organization, CIOs can get the following benefits:
- by integrating multiple functions into a single, cloud-delivered service SASE can minimize dangerous blind spots with comprehensive visibility over the entire network assets and user activity reduce complexity and improve security.
- Quick and easy update and scale technology through cloud- and service-based delivery to keep up with growing risks and requirements.
- Allow more effortless communication between networking and security teams through an integrated architecture and collaborative processes.
- Thrive in the new hybrid work environment by enabling employees to seamlessly and securely connect to any application, in any network or cloud, from any device or location.
- Embrace automation and gain valuable insights into the network so the security teams can focus on higher-level priorities and do more with less.
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Zero-Trust and XDR while Adopting SASE
The global pandemic has accelerated digital transformation and the transition to a hybrid workforce. Therefore, the three security trends SASE, XDR, and Zero-trust, need to work together to help organizations keep up.
- XDR provides a holistic way of combating the recent security threats.
- Zero trust brings identity into the equation, making sure that only the right people and devices are allowed to access your network and critical systems.
- SASE enables organizations to deliver these and other security functions, alongside networking capabilities, at scale – accommodating the growing need for secure access to anything from anywhere.
Organizations can achieve enhanced security and performance for the modern working and connecting with SASE. Bringing together crucial networking and security components helps set the stage for tomorrow’s inevitable transition to SASE.
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