A focused strategy
Gone is the idea that fixed-perimeter designs are the answer for secure networking. The perimeter today is more flexible and permeable. Indeed, businesses must allow for vastly more parties to move in and throughout the network to perform even routine business operations. Redefining access and authentication while avoiding complexity is a challenge. Lateral movement and backdoor activity require fresh battle tactics.
While business attributes and objectives should drive network optimization efforts, it’s also important to align with modern priorities:
- Better visibility — Know what is happening on your network at all times.
- Better contextual information — Get more granular details about network activity.
- Increased control — Have the tools and infrastructure you need to defend your network against complex, persistent, and surfacing threats.
- Simpler management — Leverage technologies and centralized management to reduce manual labor and requirements and improve network integration.
- More automation — Streamline processes like policy creation, governance, and threat containment.