Most organizations are in the midst of some form of digital transformation (DX),
transforming how they bring products and services to the market—and ultimately
deliver value to their customers. But DX initiatives also bring complexity for the
network operations team. With business-critical services distributed across
multiple clouds, this leads to potential performance issues, especially at
Given these realities, it is no wonder that software-defined wide-area network
(SD-WAN) technology is rapidly going mainstream. Unfortunately, SD-WAN is an
example of the paradox of DX: transformative technology can potentially move the
business to the next level, but the expanded attack surface it creates can expose
the organization to significant risk. That is why an SD-WAN deployment, like every
other DX effort, should be accompanied by a security transformation (SX) that
rethinks outdated principles, broadens protection beyond the data center, and
integrates the security archit
Enterprises currently face challenges regarding
the price, performance, and flexibility of traditional
wide area networks (WANs). Aggressive growth in
the adoption of public cloud services (a projected
86% spike between 2014 and 2018)1
organizations to look elsewhere for a more effective
network solution to address distributed traffic across
remote sites and branch offices.
Some of the specific issues organizations face with
their traditional WANs include:
- High total cost of ownership (TCO)
- Lengthy provisioning cycles
- Performance degradation with the growth of cloud
- Inadequate redundancy and resiliency
- Lack of application-aware connectivity
To better manage WAN investments, enterprises are
adopting a new approach for their distributed branch
office networks. Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN)
offers improved performance, agility, and operational
flexibility plus significant cost savings. But not all SDWAN
solutions are created equal.
Cloud services are a pillar of a digital transformation,
but they have also become a thorn in the side of many
security architects. As data and applications that were
once behind the enterprise firewall began roaming
free—on smartphones, between Internet-of-Things
(IoT) devices, and in the cloud—the threat landscape
expanded rapidly. Security architects scrambled to adjust
their technologies, policies, and procedures. But just
when they thought they had a handle on securing their
cloud-connected enterprises, new business imperatives
indicated that one cloud wasn’t enough.
Modern enterprises operate in a multi-cloud world,
where the threat landscape has reached a new level of
complexity. Security teams are juggling a hodgepodge
of policies, threat reports, and management tools. When
each cloud operates in its own silo, the security architect
has even more difficulty supporting the CISO or CIO with a
coherent, defensible security posture.
Companies are increasingly moving data and applications to public cloud platforms.
Sometimes these transitions happen with IT’s approval and guidance; sometimes
they don’t. Regardless, a company that stores data and uses applications in multiple
public clouds creates a challenging environment for the security architect. It’s difficult
to gain visibility and control of the security posture when the organization relies on an
assortment of disparate cloud platforms that all take different approaches to security
and offer different tools. And it’s hard for a small security staff to stay on top of
disparate solutions that fail to integrate.
Fortinet’s 2018 Security Implications of Digital Transformation
Survey looks at the state of cybersecurity in organizations
around the world from the lens of digital transformation (DX).
Three hundred responses from CISOs and CSOs at large
organizations helped us identify several current trends:
n Digital transformation is the most impactful IT trend on
businesses today, with 92% responding that it has a
large impact today.
n Security is by far the biggest challenge to DX efforts,
with 85% of respondents saying it has a large impact.
n The typical organization saw four attacks that resulted
in data loss, outages, or compliance events over two
n Many companies have automated some of their security
procedures, but they are even further behind with other
security best practices.
n Big chunks of infrastructure remain vulnerable in the
typical organization, with 25% of the infrastructure not
adequately protected at the typical organization.
Looking more deeply into the data, we ident
When it comes to securing all the parts of a modern distributed network, endpoints remain
the most vulnerable outlier. Mobility has brought a flood of different devices that cross in and
out of enterprise networks on a daily basis. This public exposure, combined with inadequate
traditional endpoint security and a high degree of user autonomy, makes these devices
prime targets for malware infections and other forms of sophisticated attack that seek to
exploit the broader organization. And threat actors are finding enormous success along
To stay competitive, most organizations are currently embracing digital transformation
(DX)—including cloud services, smart Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and greater mobility.
These adaptations provide organizations with faster and more seamless access to critical
information, regardless of the device being used to access it. However, as distributed
networks expand and become more difficult to manage, the endpoint remains a weak link i
Enterprise chief information security officers (CISOs) are seeking ways to leverage existing security
investments to bridge the divide between largely siloed security systems. The focus is on reducing
the number of consoles needed to manage the security infrastructure. Network security vendors have
a significant role to play in bridging the communication gap between these systems. The creation of a
unified defense architecture enables threat data exchange between existing security systems. It helps
automate the process of raising an organization's security posture when a security infrastructure
component detects a threat.
The following questions were posed by Fortinet to Robert Ayoub, program director in IDC's Security
Products program, on behalf of Fortinet's customers.
Endpoint devices continue to be one of the favorite targets for cyberattacks.
A successfully compromised laptop provides a foothold for a
threat to move laterally and infect other endpoints within the organization.
To address this critical vulnerability, security leaders must integrate
endpoint security into their broader network security architecture. A
deep connection between endpoint and network security offers key
improvements to holistic enterprise protection. It provides risk-based
visibility of all endpoint devices, establishes policy-based access controls,
enables real-time threat intelligence sharing, and automates security
responses and workflows for effective and efficient protection that
conserves time and money.
If your organization is one of the 95% of enterprises
that operate in the cloud, you are already grappling
with cloud security. And if your organization is one of
the 85% of companies that use multiple Infrastructureas-a-Service
(IaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)
clouds, you have additional issues to consider.
Compared to the days when organizations managed
everything on-premises or only had a handful of cloud
deployments, this new multi-cloud world exacerbates
the expansion of the attack surface and makes threat
containment and accountability more difficult. Further,
pressure on security teams to protect everything in
the multi-cloud environment is leading to reactive and
expensive threat management.
If you are a security leader tasked with meeting the
challenges of a multi-cloud environment, eventually
you’ll find that siloed cloud security strategies fall short
of the mark. But don’t wait. Now is the time to consider
a holistic security approach that reclaims control from
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Published Date: Feb 04, 2014
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If you’re dealing with the high cost and complexities of
delivering reliable wide area connectivity over traditional
carrier-based networks, you’re probably considering
some form of software-defined wide area networking
(SD-WAN). With the variety of constraints that you face,
selecting the right SD-WAN solution for your enterprise
may require a few compromises. Security, however,
should not be one of them.
There are various models for combining SD-WAN and
network security, but only one that can truly be called
“secure SD-WAN.” Fortinet, the most trusted name
in network security, has leveraged its industry-leading
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