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Securing today’s highly distributed enterprise

Wednesday 16 August 2017

Many organisations have multiple work sites that need to be securely connected to each other and the internet

When it comes to information security, enterprises have a lot to worry about. Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, ransomware, malware and cyber-espionage are all on the rise, and defending against these and other attacks is challenging.

But the job is getting increasingly complex for one simple fact: enterprises today are highly distributed operations with systems and data scattered across headquarters, branch sites, remote offices, in the cloud and elsewhere.

Securing today’s multi-dimensional and dynamic enterprise requires a similarly layered, vigorous approach. Every perimeter must be protected and networks must be continuously monitored to detect and mitigate attacks.

Firewalls can be used to block spam, viruses and phishing attempts, and even “phone home” requests made by malware. And cloud-based, integrated threat intelligence services can identify new and emerging attacks and help centralise and coordinate all the security elements, adding a layer of protection to firewalls and related applications, such as antivirus software and web filters.

In today’s digital economy, an enterprise’s traditional boundaries are constantly being stretched. It’s estimated that there are more than 1.6 million remote or branch offices in the United States.

A new Gallup survey of 15,000 adults found that 43% of employed Americans said they spent at least some time working remotely. And a recent Frost & Sullivan report estimated that by 2020, up to 1.55 billion workers around the world will be responsible for work that does not confine them to a desk.

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