There was a time, not so long ago when networks and security were considered two separate entities, each possessing their own specific set of tools, approaches, and necessary skills. However, the scope and sophistication of today’s computer exploits have now fused them together into one protective platform known as network security, effectively integrating threat management into the world of technology.
For one, the advanced cyber threats of today are constantly shifting, evolving, and adapting to the protective measures put in place to deter them. Much like a real-world virus, that effectively changes according to the boundaries of a certain environment, computer viruses, malware, and other threats are in a steady race to win the effort of cybersecurity—and they are doing really, really well. So well, in fact, the reality of cyberattack has become the number one fear for most organizations and businesses around the world. Not a bank heist or a well-planned physical attack—just some malicious code creeping in undetected to take over our digital systems. These threats are both insidious and powerful, promising to devastate the internet and all of its assets if not properly addressed.
As a result, a wide range of security services has now popped up, from anti-virus software to antispam programs to new-generation firewalls and intrusion prevention systems. Protecting the network has become the most important priority for most; however, this effort could be potentially plagued by network latency, an increase in traffic, and ever-growing amounts of user data. As a result, enterprises of today have no choice but to view networks and security as one entity.
Further, services and applications are in a state of constant updating, which means the market competition is fierce. And companies who have not effectively integrated these two areas, and all their respective approaches and policies, are slated to suffer some sort of loss. By integrating and automating a strong security policy and creating a centralized point, companies can fully utilize network devices as dynamic security policy enforcers.
Consolidating security into all devices on a network reduces operational costs, increases visibility, and helps users generate better business intelligence. Standardizing a security policy enables people to eliminate errors more readily and avoid wasting valuable time on troubleshooting. This effort also makes it easier for IT teams to manage both network and security together and migrate their needs to the Cloud. End users and solution providers alike will achieve better operations this way, essentially reducing risk and lowering costs.