Published in The CyberSecurity Place | By Brett Lambing, Vice President of Global Sales Engineering at Cybera
Historically, enterprises have relied upon virtual private networks (VPNs) to control costs while connecting remote locations and/or for deploying new applications. However, as enterprise requirements have evolved, VPNs have proven themselves less than ideal. The adoption of mobility, big data, social media, cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT) have extended traditional enterprise perimeters, making VPNs too complex to secure and vulnerable to threats. Ironically, as new applications are added to distributed enterprise locations, the cost and complexity of adding more VPNs to secure them have escalated.
Todays’ modern data centers are evolving to protect their assets by embracing innovative, multi-layered security solutions. While at the same time, all too often, the remote sites of these newly modernized, distributed enterprises are left without the same security protections. This renders them the weak links in the enterprise security chain. Organizations are left to struggle with the difficult question of how to extend data center-grade security to remote sites with limited IT staff and tight budgets.